Minister Sendolo, Comptroller Escape Detention

first_imgDrama occurred yesterday in a packed Monrovia City courtroom when a swift intervention by the County Attorney of Montserrado County, Cllr. Daku Mulbah, prevented Henry Sambullah, Comptroller at the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy (MLME), from spending a night behind bars at the Monrovia Central Prison. Mr. Sambullah and Minister Patrick Sendolo were both ordered by the court to appear before it yesterday to answer to a charge of “Theft of Service” from a complaint filed against them by Madam Jamima K. Wolokollie, Manager of Pan African Travel Agency.In her complaint, Madam Wolokollie alleged that in March 2013, Minister Sendolo obtained her agency’s services to provide him and others airline tickets to the tune of US$7,268 – to allow them to attend a conference in Guinea – which the Ministry has not paid up to present.But when Sambullah arrived in court yesterday, he did not come along with Minister Sendolo as was requested by the court’s document, a copy of which is with the Daily Observer.Upon entering the courtroom, Sambullah was immediately placed on a bench with other accused individuals, some of whom were identified as “hardcore criminals.”Dressed in a blue long sleeved shirt, Mr. Sambullah sat on the bench for over two hours as officers awaited a directive from Magistrate Kennedy Peabody to take Sambullah to jail, though the crime qualifies for bail.The most surprising event unfolded when Sambullah noticed that there was no lawyer in the courtroom to plead on his behalf as he sat on the prisoners’ bench.“Does the Ministry have an in-house legal team like other government agencies? I don’t think so,” a judicial expert was heard rhetorically asking after Sambullah was left alone in the courtroom.Being a senior official of the Ministry, maybe Sambullah did not expect to be treated in the manner he was. He, however, chose to fight his own battle by making calls from the bench.One of those calls attracted the attention of Cllr. Daku, who intervened for Sambullah to be allowed to leave the bench to complete the call.Routinely, if a person remains on the bench without a lawyer to file his bond for an offence that qualifies for bail, that individual is sent to jail until he/she can make bail.Later, Cllr. Mulbah, Sambullah and Madam Wolokollie were seen leaving the courtroom for what appeared to be a closed door discussion with Magistrate Peabody.Following the closed door discussion, the Daily Observer reliably learnt that Cllr. Mulbah promised to repay the US$7,268 by Friday.“Cllr. Mulbah pleaded with Madam Wolokollie to wait until Friday to repay the money and he vowed that he was not prepared to commit government to any legal expenses of such nature,” a source quoted Cllr. Mulbah to have said at the closed door discussion.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Vieira bemoans bad luck after defeat in first Nice game

first_imgMoussa Doumbia scored the only goal of the game in just the second minute of his Ligue 1 debut after joining Reims from Russian side Rostov.The Malian midfielder cut inside two defenders before beating Nice goalkeeper Yoan Cardinale at his near post with a low shot from long range.Nice dominated the rest of the match — enjoying 71 percent of possession — but only one of their 19 shots on goal was on target as they missed the injured Mario Balotelli.“The goal made things much more difficult. A goal at the start like that is disappointing,” said Vieira.“I was surprised. We ran out of luck. We created opportunities, especially in the second half.”Visiting ‘keeper Edouard Mendy was equal to a low effort from Allan Saint-Maximin, but Nice created little else as Reims clung on to mark their return to the top flight after winning the Ligue 2 title with an unlikely win.Italy striker Balotelli scored 26 goals in 38 games for Nice last season, but Vieira refused to confirm that the 27-year-old’s future still lies at the Allianz Riviera.“Balotelli? It’s useless to talk about him because he’s not here,” said the Frenchman. “I want to focus on the players who are here and want to be here.”Vieira, who had been briefly linked with the manager’s job at Arsenal during the close-season, will take his new team to Caen next Saturday, as the 42-year-old looks for his first win since leaving New York City.– Falcao helps Monaco to winning start –Falcao starred as a substitute as Monaco saw off Nantes © AFP / LOIC VENANCERadamel Falcao came off the bench to score and set up another goal as Monaco brushed aside Nantes 3-1 to get their Ligue 1 campaign off to a strong start.With Falcao left out of the starting XI following his World Cup exertions with Colombia and big summer signing Aleksandr Golovin out injured, Monaco struggled for long periods.But the game changed when Falcao was introduced in the 66th minute, and Rony Lopes continued his excellent form from last season by stooping to nod in the opening goal just three minutes later.Falcao set Stevan Jovetic free with 10 minutes to go, and the Montenegrin coolly slotted home.Samuel Grandsir, who also came on with Falcao to make his Ligue 1 debut for the club, crossed low for the Colombian to tap into an empty net in the 83rd minute, as Monaco cruised to victory despite Emiliano Sala’s injury-time consolation.“We still have a lot to improve, but this victory is good to start the season well,” Portuguese youngster Lopes told Canal+.“Last week (4-0 Champions Trophy loss to Paris Saint-Germain) was difficult, but here, first game of the championship, a win, we’re happy.”Elsewhere, Nimes scored three goals in the last 14 minutes to grab a thrilling 4-3 victory at Angers in their first top-flight match since 1993.Whabi Khazri scored on his debut as Saint-Etienne beat Dijon 2-1, while Lille came from behind to win 3-1 against Rennes and Montpellier lost at home to Dijon.Reigning champions PSG get their title defence underway on Sunday when they host Caen.Marseille opened the season in style on Friday night as Dimitri Payet scored twice in a 4-0 thrashing of Toulouse.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Patrick Vieira saw his Nice side beaten 1-0 at home by Reims © AFP / VALERY HACHEPARIS, France, Aug 12 – Patrick Vieira said that his Nice side “ran out of luck” as he tasted defeat in his first league match as a coach in Europe with a 1-0 loss at home to newly-promoted Reims on Saturday.The former Arsenal and France midfielder was brought in to replace Lucien Favre after his departure for Borussia Dortmund, but his reign got off to a miserable start.last_img read more

The Fifth Element reimagined as 8bit video game

first_imgThe sci-fi epic The Fifth Element came out in 1997, which was sadly too late to get in on the classic 8-bit era of gaming. Not too worry — the film has been re-imagined as a neat little 8-bit side-scroller by CineFix on YouTube. It doesn’t tell the entire story, but it definitely hits the high points.8-bit gaming was kicked off in 1983 with the release of the original Famicom (later NES), and continued through the early 90s. While the animation made by CineFix this time is mostly 8-bit, there are some more detailed elements in the backgrounds and environments that could be called 16-bit. The channel doesn’t hold itself strictly to one aesthetic or the other — some of its movie adaptations are entirely 16-bit recreations, and others are more 8-bit like this one. The overriding desire is, most likely, to look cool and be true to the source material.The 8-bit version of The Fifth Element created by CineFix picks out some of the more iconic and amusing plot points in the film. There is the opening prologue with the Mondoshawan temple, then it’s on to Korben Dallas and his encounter with the thief with the excellent hat (he doesn’t get the cash). Leeloo’s escape from the government lab is included as well, but then we head right to Zorg’s demo of the ZF-1. Granted, that’s not super-relevant to the plot, but it’s awesome and maybe even funnier in 8-bit.When the climactic battle to retrieve the stones from the Diva goes down, the video goes out of its way to recreate the confusion over guns vs. billiard balls. Clearly you need to have seen the film to get all the jokes and fill in the plot, otherwise it’s just a series of disconnected (but amusing) animations. If nothing else, use this as an excuse to watch one of the most successful French movies ever made.last_img read more