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Ecobank Sues MOFATO’s Manager over LD6.5m Unpaid LoanEcobank Sues MOFATO’s Manager over LD6.5m Unpaid Loan
The manager of MOFATO Inc, Momo Siafa Kpoto, who is believed to have already been challenged with debt, became the target of a foreclosure lawsuit by a bank seeking L$D6,477,504.91 repayment on a 2008 loan.In spite of Kpoto’s numerous challenges, he has on many occasions failed to appear before the Debt Court of Montserrado County, where Ecobank’s lawyers have filed an “Action of Debt” lawsuit against him to recover their unpaid loan.One of such evidence is a document dated December 19, 2014, entitled “Writ of Summon by Publication and Mailing,” which instructed its Sheriff, Major Robert B. Toe, to have it served on Kpoto.However, that writ was not served on him because he could not be located anywhere in the country, meaning that if he again fails to appear before Judge James E. Jones, based on another writ, the court will come down with a default judgment against him.However, a portion of that writ, a copy of which is with the Daily Observer, said to Sheriff Toe, “You are hereby commanded to summon defendant Momo Siafa Kpoto to appear before the Debt Court for Montserrado County sitting in its January 2015 Term, to meet on the Second Tuesday in January 2015, same being the 13th day of January at the hour of 10: am.“To answer to the complaint of the plaintiff, Ecobank in the case action of debt and to notify said defendant that upon its failure to appear, judgment will be entered against it by default.”It concluded, directing him, “To further notify the defendant to file its formal appearance or answer in my office on or before the 8th of January 2015. Meanwhile, you will return the writ in my office.”According to the complaint filed on behalf of Ecobank, Kpoto borrowed LD3,500,000 in 2008, and was supposed to make full payment within eight months. But the company had not made any payment, the suit claims.The loan was made after the company’s manager Kpoto and the bank entered into an agreement in which Kpoto mortgaged his deed and several other instruments, such as secured promissory note, according to the lawsuit.The loan, according to the document, was for Kpoto to purchase additional working tools and equipment to increase and enhance his business operation, which loan request the bank approved with the condition that it be repaid within eight months as of the date of the agreement.But, the company’s debt has now been increased to LD6,477,504.91, which the bank says includes interest, penalty and charges.“We have executed all efforts to have defendant Kpoto pay, but it has proved to be of no use, even including a letter sent to recover the amount as requested by the agreement,” the bank’s lawyer said in the lawsuit.“Therefore, we want the court to render the judgment against the defendant in the amount of LD6,477,504.91 along with the statutory interest of 6% and other commercial interest, legal fees among others and to grant unto us any other relief.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
All Blacks say tiny margins could make difference against IrelandAll Blacks say tiny margins could make difference against Ireland
“We’ve trained as well as we can and we’re in a great position to go out there and perform on the field,” said the talismanic number eight, who will retire from international rugby after the World Cup.“We know how close the games have been over the last few years and it’s an exciting challenge.”Ireland, under Kiwi coach Joe Schmidt, have been a mixed bag in Japan and were beaten by the hosts before eventually recovering to finish as Pool A runners-up.But New Zealand are aware of the danger they pose after their recent defeats, including in Dublin last year when Jacob Stockdale’s try from a moment of improvisation proved the difference between the two teams.“You know the Irish are a really good side,” Read said. “Perhaps they haven’t played to their potential through this World Cup but in a World Cup game, it’s whoever turns up on the day and it could only be a couple of opportunities that present themselves for either side.“A finals game will certainly bring you a little bit more nerves, a little bit more pressure.”However, Read said the two defeats — Ireland’s 40-29 triumph in Chicago in 2016 and their 16-9 victory in Dublin, either side of the All Blacks’ 21-9 win in the Irish capital — would count for nothing come Saturday.“We certainly respect what the Irish team has done over those couple of games but it’s a totally different ball game heading into this one,” he said.“It’s two teams ranked very highly, good sides, and it’s about turning up on the day. We take lessons from those games and we need to be a lot better than what we were.”– ‘Ready to rumble’ –Cross-code star Sonny Bill Williams will start on the bench and fellow centre Ryan Crotty misses out altogether as coach Steve Hansen named in-form Anton Lienert-Brown and Jack Goodhue in midfield. Two-time World Rugby player of the year Beauden Barrett starts at full-back.“Ireland are in a situation where they haven’t gone past the quarter-final. They know what it’s like to go home so they’ll try their darndest not to and we’ll be the same,” said Hansen.Schmidt admitted that Hansen and his backroom staff were “good guys to have a drink with afterwards”, but stressed there would be little conviviality in the lead-up to what he said would be a challenging game for the Irish.“We’re certainly not going to sneak up on them anymore, we’re not going to surprise them. They are well aware of how we play and what they are going to do to combat that,” said the Kiwi who, like Hansen, will step down after the World Cup.“I’ve no doubt they’ve got a few things cooked up that we haven’t seen before that we’re going to find really challenging.”Schmidt drafted in Robbie Henshaw to replace Bundee Aki, banned for three matches for a high tackle in their final pool game against Samoa, at inside centre.Veteran Rory Best will skipper the team from hooker, with the experienced duo of Conor Murray and World Player of the Year Johnny Sexton named at half-back.“We’re in a reasonably good spot,” said Best. “Ultimately, it’s all about Saturday — it’s all about which team can turn up and implement their game plan best and deal with the pressure of knockout rugby.”Hansen echoed Best’s words, saying he had primed his All Blacks team to be “excited, full of energy and ready to rumble” as they seek a third consecutive title.0Shares0000(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000New Zealand captain Kieran Read is aware of the threat posed by Ireland © AFP / Anne-Christine POUJOULATTOKYO, Japan, Oct 18 – Defending world champions New Zealand are ready to conquer their quarter-final nerves and seize the slightest opportunity when they take on Ireland on Saturday, a side that has beaten them twice in their last three meetings.All Blacks captain Kieran Read said the fact his side hadn’t played since an academic run-out against Namibia on October 6, with their final pool match against Italy cancelled because of Typhoon Hagibis, would count for little.
England player ratings v Spain: Manchester United stars fare differently in Alicante defeatEngland player ratings v Spain: Manchester United stars fare differently in Alicante defeat
Joe Hart (goalkeeper): 7.5 – Solid as ever. Not much he could have done with either goal but was quick to smother Juan Mata at one point, although a poor kick led to Cazorlas goal. With his place perhaps under threat from the in-form Jack Butland, he will need to keep performing. Michael Carrick (central midfield): 5 – Carrick is undoubtedly Englands best passer but his qualities are wasted when the Three Lions see none of the ball. His lack of agility was painfully exposed as the Spanish midfielders played around him and his poor night was compounded by what looks like a nasty ankle injury. (Substituted for Jonjo Shelvey) 11 England’s 15-game unbeaten run came to an abrupt halt as European champions Spain gave them a lesson in possession during their 2-0 win in Alicante last night.Goals from Mario Suarez – a quite stupendous overhead kick – and Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla sealed a deserved win for the hosts, with Roy Hodgson’s men left chasing shadows for much of the 90 minutes.The defeat has raised more serious question marks about England’s Euro 2016 credentials as, despite cruising through their qualifying group, there was a distinct gap in quality between the sides.But how did Hodgson’s players perform individually on the night?talkSPORT runs the rule over those that featured – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see our ratings… Kyle Walker (right-back): 5.5 – While the Tottenham man has been impressive so far this season this seemed a bridge too far. Andres Iniesta and Nolito in either half tormented him with Jordi Alba in support as Spain exploited a clear weakness down Englands right. Nathaniel Clyne should be first choice at the Euros. 11 11 Harry Kane (striker): 6.5 – Despite six goals in his last five games, the Tottenham hitman unfortunately forgot to pack his shooting boots as he snatched at the several half chances that came his way. Far too isolated but ran the lines well. How does Hodgson incorporate all of his attacking options when theyre all fit? Phil Jones (centre-back): 7 – A few eyebrows were raised by his inclusion given his lack of playing time but Hodgsons decision was vindicated with a typically combative display. Diego Costas poor form may have been conducive to a decent night for the Manchester United man, though. 11 Chris Smalling (centre-back): 7 – Similarly to Jones, marshalled Costa and Paco Alcacer well, although may feel he could have got closer to Mario before the Spain right-backs stunning goal. (Substituted for Gary Cahill) 11 11 11 Raheem Sterling (attacking midfield): 6 – End product. Sterlings pace is enough to give any defender nightmares but his decision making in the final third is extremely frustrating. Hes a certain starter in France though. 11 Ross Barkley (attacking midfield): 6 – On his day he is the most exciting player in England colours but, yet again, that day comes around far too rarely. Ran willingly at the Spain defence but faded in the second half. (Substituted for Wayne Rooney) 11 11 Fabian Delph (central midfield): 5 – A bizarre selection given Delph has played just 38 minutes of Premier League football so far this season. His lack of game time was evident, too, as he was sloppy in possession, although his characteristic high energy and pressing levels were impressive. (Substituted for Eric Dier) Adam Lallana (attacking midfield): 5.5 – Another frustrating evening for the Liverpool man whose potential at Southampton has faded since his move to Merseyside. Like a lot of the England attacking players his quality is clearly there but his end product leaves a lot to be desired. Cruyff turns look lovely but when they dont construct anything, whats the point Adam? (Substituted for Dele Alli) 11 Ryan Bertrand (left-back): 7 – With Luke Shaw sidelined for the foreseeable future, Bertrand laid down a marker to Hodgson as Englands best alternative at left-back with an accomplished display. Dangerous going forward with some particularly penetrating runs in the first-half.
IRAQ: But ex-U.S. commander at jail will serve two years for other convictions. By Katarina Kratovac THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq – A former U.S. commander at the Iraqi jail that held Saddam Hussein was acquitted Friday of aiding the enemy but received two years imprisonment for convictions on other charges after pleading for leniency. Steele will be dismissed from the service.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Army Lt. Col. William H. Steele, 52, of Prince George, Va., could have faced a life sentence if convicted of accusations that he allowed prisoners to use his cell phone to make unmonitored calls. “I have no excuse that would even remotely justify my actions,” Steele told the judge at his court–martial near Baghdad. His voice shook as he described the humiliation he felt from being in confinement for the past eight months following a 28-year military career. “I have come to realize how severe and detrimental consequences could have resulted from my failures,” Steele said. “I violated the confidence and trust that was placed in me by those who selected me for this job.” Steele was acquitted of the charge of aiding the enemy for allegedly lending his cell phone to former members of Hussein’s regime, including those on death row, and an al-Qaida member. It was not known if Hussein was among them. The judge, Lt. Col. Timothy Grammel, convicted him of unauthorized possession of classified documents, behavior unbecoming an officer for an inappropriate relationship with an interpreter and failing to obey an order.
Transfer ALERT! Liverpool face fight to sign 17-goal Brazilian striker LuanTransfer ALERT! Liverpool face fight to sign 17-goal Brazilian striker Luan
Luan celebrates scoring for hosts Brazil at the Olympics 1 Rennes have joined Liverpool and Leicester City in the race for Brazil star Luan.The forward bagged 17 goals for Gremio last season and he is now impressing for his country at the Olympics Games.Both Leicester and Liverpool are interested, with the latter reportedly failing with an approach earlier in August.And, according to RMC, the Premier League pair will now have to beat off competition from Rennes for Luan.The French club are big fans of the 23-year-old and believe he could be tempted by a move to France.Luan has constantly remained calm about his future and insists it will be sorted after Rio 2016.
Michael O’Neill: Scotland make move to appoint Northern Ireland managerMichael O’Neill: Scotland make move to appoint Northern Ireland manager
1 The Scottish Football Association has made an official approach for Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill.O’Neill has been identified as the ideal successor to Gordon Strachan, who left as Scotland boss in October after the failure to reach the World Cup play-offs.The 48-year-old has been in charge of his native Northern Ireland for six years and led the country to their first ever European Championship finals.They went on to secure a famous victory over Ukraine at Euro 2016 and reached the last 16 of the tournament in France.Northern Ireland have continued to punch above their weight under O’Neill and came agonisingly close to qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, finishing second in their group before narrowly losing their two-legged play-off to Switzerland.O’Neill has a contract until 2020 and the Irish FA are desperate for him to stay on, but he is understood to be considering his future – and the Scotland job could prove tempting.He spent the majority of his playing career in Scotland and currently resides in Edinburgh.O’Neill refused to discuss his future after his side’s goalless draw in Basel on Sunday, which sealed a 1-0 aggregate loss following Switzerland’s dubious penalty goal in Belfast.”No, I haven’t even considered that,” he said. ”Tonight is about being with my players, spending time with them and making sure they are OK.”As I said to the players themselves, there is no need to make any rash decisions on anything they want to do.”O’Neill’s Northern Ireland assistants are also based in Scotland. Scot Austin MacPhee is assistant manager at Hearts while Jimmy Nicholl is working at Falkirk.Malky Mackay took charge of Scotland in a friendly defeat by Holland last week but SFA chief executive Stewart Regan had already ruled him out of the running to succeed Strachan on a long-term basis. Scotland’s next match is likely to be in March with talks taking place over a friendly in Morocco. Michael O’Neill
They were each being held in lieu of $1.2 million bail and were scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 1, sheriff’s records show. All but $80,000 of the money has been recovered, Dillard said. The attorney for Lacusong declined to comment. Tyson Beers, attorney for Fernando Acosta, said he doesn’t anticipate the case proceeding to trial. “At this point we are in negotiations with the D.A.’s Office to see if there’s a way to resolve it,” Beers said. The theft took less than 30 seconds and occurred while the armored car, staffed by a driver and two guards, was making its rounds servicing Washington Mutual banks in the area, Dillard said. While the two guards were inside the bank, two men wearing similar uniforms approached the truck and used a signal knock to get the driver to open an electric door lock. Without the driver realizing the men were imposters, they took the money and disappeared before the real guards emerged from the bank. The driver initially was arrested but was not charged, Dillard said. “We determined he was not involved. It was a very large mistake on his part,” Dillard said. Authorities are alleging that the Acosta brothers were the two men who posed as guards and that Rice was driving the car in which they fled. Detectives were able to narrow the location of the theft down to the Lancaster branch after it was determined that money taken from previous stops was missing, Dillard said. The driver thought he opened the door for his actual co-workers. “It seems the driver was not paying attention to his duties,” Dillard said. “The driver said he does not remember opening the door for anybody but the guards themselves.” firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Five Lancaster men have been charged with grand theft and conspiracy in the $1.2 million heist of an armored car truck that occurred during the early morning hours outside a Lancaster Boulevard bank. Two of the defendants worked as guards for the Sylmar-based armored truck firm and were described by investigators as the masterminds who persuaded three of their friends to commit the Aug. 29 theft. “The armored car that was servicing Washington Mutual banks in the Antelope Valley and Santa Clarita Valley areas returned back to the Sylmar plant and noticed that a little more than $1.2 million was missing,” Detective James Dillard said. Charged in the incident were Elder Cortez, 23; Lawrence Lacusong, 26; brothers Arturo and Fernando Acosta, 21 and 22, respectively; and Robert Rice, 22.
Rory Gallagher, Maeve McCarron, Gavin Cullen to feature on Donegal Sports TalkRory Gallagher, Maeve McCarron, Gavin Cullen to feature on Donegal Sports Talk
The Donegal senior football team manager, Rory Gallagher, is among the guests for this evening’s edition of Donegal Sports Talk.Donegal Sports Talk is the first joint venture between Donegal’s number 1 news website and Donegal’s top sports website following the recent announcement that the sites are joining forces.Donegal Sports Talk is available for download on the iTunes platform and which will be available to listen to from 9pm. Donegal resume their Allianz League campaign on Sunday when they take on Dublin at Sean MacCumhaill Park in Ballybofey.Donegal overcame Roscommon in their last game after suffering an opening day loss to Kerry. Ahead of the visit of the Dubs to Ballybofey, Charlie Collins hears from Rory Gallagher, the Donegal manager.It was a history-making weekend for Carrigart ABC boxer Maeve McCarron, who became the first female boxer from Donegal to win an Irish Elite Senior Championship title.Winning the 81+kgs class by way of a walkover, McCarron enters the history books. Chris McNulty speals to the Carrigart puncher. And Cockhill Celtic yesterday booked their place in a fifth successive USL League Cup final thanks to a 5-2 win over Fanad United. Cockhill manager Gavin Cullen gives us his thoughts.Donegal Sports Talk, presented by Chris McNulty and Charlie Collins, will be available at 9pm on Donegal Daily and Donegal Sport Hub. Rory Gallagher, Maeve McCarron, Gavin Cullen to feature on Donegal Sports Talk was last modified: February 20th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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)
The Madagascar Action Plan aims todevelop all aspects of the country aswell as to introduce measures to curbpopulation growth. Madagascar’spopulation is expected to doubleto 43 million by 2050.(Image: Mission Madagascar)Tamara O’ReillyThe New Madagascar Action Plan (MAP), of which boosting access to contraception is an integral feature, is a bold strategy focussed on boosting a country whose ballooning population is hamstrung by social, economic and environmental pressures.The population of the world’s fourth largest island has doubled in the last 25 years to 19.5-million and estimates are that by the year 2050 it will reach 43.5-million. According to the Malagasy government, there are between seven and 10 children per household in rural areas. More than 70% of the total population lives below the poverty line and 50% of children under the age of three suffer retarded growth, partly due to malnutrition. According to the United Nations Human Development Index for 2005 which is a measurement of life expectancy, literacy, education and standard of living, Madagascar was listed as one of the low human development countries ranking 143 out of 177 countries surveyed.Agriculture, including fishing and forestry, is the mainstay of the economy and accounts for more than one-fourth of gross domestic product, employing four-fifths of the population. Climate change and a rise in the number of natural disasters over the past 35 years have affected production and exports, creating a ripple effect on the economy and people’s ability to survive. An increase in the price of rice, the island’s staple food, has also hit large segments of the population, particularly the rural poor.Healthcare boostThe five-year MAP, initiated in 2007 to establish direction and priorities for the nation, aims to speed up development on the island by boosting eight key areas, including infrastructure, education, rural development and health.Listed under healthcare is family planning, which has been problematic in rural areas due to poor infrastructure and traditional beliefs that a woman should bear several children. Adding to population pressures is a 36% drop in infant mortality from 177 per 1 000 live births in 1981 to 43 in 2006, according to the US based Population Reference Bureau’s 2006 figures. This is a result of more extensive and accessible healthcare services in urban areas.According to Irin News, MAP seeks to reduce the average size of the Malagasy family through educational programmes aimed at reducing unwanted teenage pregnancies and making contraceptives more widely available.An early initiative of this kind was the Madagascar Population Support Project carried out between 1993 and 1998, which attempted to expand the use of modern contraceptive methods in urban areas and reduce the fertility rate. The project also provided family planning services in the workplace, introduced non-scalpel vasectomies and educated people through a popular radio series.Through these efforts the project helped increase the contraceptive prevalence rate from 3.5% to 9.7% nationally – a total increase of 177% over the five-year project life.Useful linksMission Madagscar UN Human Development Reports Government of MadagascarDo you have comments or queries about this article? Email Tamara O’Reilly at email@example.com.