Lebanese Sues GOL for US$10.7m Debt for Vehicles

first_imgLawyers representing Lebanese businessman, George E. Haddad, seeking US$10.7M debt lawsuit against the Liberian Government, yesterday left the Commercial Court disappointed, after state lawyers argued that the court lacks jurisdiction to handle the matter.The Sherman & Sherman law firm representing the legal interest of Haddad, in 2012 filed a lawsuit against the Liberian Government. The lawsuit contends that from the year 2000 to 2008, Mr. Haddad sold and repaired vehicles and also supplied spare parts amounting to U$10.7M to several government institutions. Unfortunately, government is yet to pay the debt, despite Mr. Haddad’s persistent negotiation.They named some of the vehicles for which GOL owes Haddad as Cherokee, Land Rover Leon, among others.Haddad is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Prestige Motor Corporation and Alliance Motor Corporation.During yesterday’s hearing, government lawyer Cllr. Augustine Fayia asked the plaintiff to drop the case, claiming lack of jurisdiction.  He did not deny that government owes Haddad.Before Cllr. Fayia’s contention, the parties presented all their legal documentations and the court’s scheduled appointment of Monday, February 16, as the date to start the case.Interestingly, while the court was in session, Cllr. Fayia asked for the dismissal of the entire matter on grounds of jurisdiction.Justifying their argument, Cllr. Fayia said, “The Commercial Court was established in 2010, which means the law that created it prevents the court from hearing cases prior to its establishment.”He further argued that, if the court continues with the matter, it would be a complete violation of the Constitution and the Act that created it.He pleaded that the court should advise Haddad’s lawyers to file their complaint to the appropriate court, but he did not mention the name of the court. In a counter argument, the Sherman and Sherman law firm maintained that the court has jurisdiction over the matter.They argued that the Act that created the court gives it progressive authority, meaning it can hear cases that even existed before its establishment.Haddad’s lawyers further argued that the government’s request was “unreasonable” because the court is a specialized court established with the intent to fast track matters relating to commercial transactions.They also contended that the government lawyer’s argument was contrary to the Act that established the Commercial Court.Immediately after the argument, the Resident Chief Judge, Eva Mappy Morgan declared that “Matter is suspended and it will resume following an issuance of a notice of assignment to the lawyers.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Benzema Scores 2 In Hazard’s Debut For Real Madrid

first_imgMADRID — Karim Benzema scored two goals to lead Real Madrid to a 3-2 win over Levante in the Spanish league on Saturday with home fans treated to the sight of star signing Eden Hazard making his competitive debut.Hazard had not played for Madrid since his club-record transfer from Chelsea after a thigh injury he picked up preseason had sidelined him for Madrid’s first three league matches.By the time he stepped onto the field to loud applause in the 60th minute at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, Benzema’s double and another goal from Casemiro had given Madrid the advantage it needed to end a run of two straight draws.Real Madrid’s Eden Hazard, left, vies for the ball with Levante’s Enis Bardhi during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Levante at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)Levante got back into the match in the second half with strikes from Borja Mayoral and Gonzalo Melero. Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois saved a powerful header in stoppage time to ensure the victory.Benzema opened the scoring with a header in the 25th and added a second after a slick pass from James Rodríguez six minutes later. The French striker has four goals in four rounds.Madrid pulled to within one point of leader Atlético Madrid, which visits Real Sociedad later Saturday. Defending champion Barcelona hosts Valencia in the late game.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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India at Asiad: Rahi leads the way with gold, wushu delivers best medal haul

first_imgBy Bharat Sharma and Amanpreet Singh Palembang/Jakarta, Aug 22 (PTI) Rahi Sarnobat beat all expectations to become India’s first woman shooter with an Asian Games gold and the low-profile wushu players delivered their best ever performance even in defeat on another high-yielding day for the country at the regional showpiece. With four gold, three silver and eight bronze medals in their overall tally, India stood seventh in the medal table, which was led by quite a margin by powerhouse China with 82 medals, including 37 gold. The spotlight was on 16-year-old sensation Manu Bhaker, who shot a Games record qualifying score at the shooting range in Palembang. But to everyone’s surprise, it was Rahi who delivered the yellow metal, holding her nerve in a final which was settled after two shoot-offs. “Shooting is life for me,” said the former World Cup gold-medallist, who was laid low by an elbow injury after a gold medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. In Jakarta, four bronze medals were settled for in wushu and though not one Indian in the fray made the finals, it would still go down as the low-profile sport’s best ever performance, in terms of number of medals won, in the Asian Games. Roshibina Devi (women’s 60kg), Santosh Kumar (men’s 56kg) Surya Bhanu Pratap (men’s 60kg) and Narender Grewal (men’s 65kg) lost their respective semifinal Sanda bouts but will go back home content after the stronger-than-expected showing. The previous best was a silver and a bronze in the 2010 Guangzhou Games. Two tennis medals were also guaranteed with Ankita Raina and the top-seeded paring of Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan progressing to the semifinals of their respective events.advertisement World number 189 Raina dispatched Hong Kong’s Eudice Chong 6-4, 6-1 to enter the last four of the women’s singles. Bopanna and Sharan, who don’t have much experience of playing together, came up with a solid performance against the seasoned pairing of Yang Hsieh and Yang Tsung-Hua of Chinese Taipei to win 6-3, 5-7, 10-1. In Jakarta, the Indian men’s hockey team recorded its biggest ever international win by annihilating Hong Kong China 26-0 in a Pool B match. India bettered an 86-year-old record — a 24-1 win over the USA in the Olympics. The rowers also continued their good show and qualified for the final round in three more events. Rohit Kumar and Bhagwan Singh finished on top in men’s lightweight double sculls repechage round with a time of 7:14.23s to qualify for the final race to be held on August 24. In the women’s four repechage round, the Indian quartet of Sanjita Dung Dung, Annu, Navneet Kaur and Yamini Singh finished fourth with a time of 7:53.29s but still made it to the final to be held on August 24. The men’s lightweight eight team was the last to compete and qualified for the final race by coming on top with a time of 6:15.62. The final will be held on August 24. The Indian women’s compound archery team qualified second for the quarterfinals, pipped by powerhouse Korea in the ranking round. India were already through to the quarters with a first-round bye and today’sround only decided the placement of the teams in the draw based on their rankings. India ended up in the bottom half with Korea in the upper half. But just as any other day, today was not without its share of heartbreaks and disappointments. Star gymnast Dipa Karmakar had to withdraw from the artistic team finals due to the knee injury, which had threatened to end her career not so long back. The team, which missed her, ended seventh in the final. After the high of two gold and a bronze medal in the freestyle competition, India endured a disappointing end to their wrestling campaign with Greco-Roman grappler Harpreet Singh losing his bronze medal bout. Harpreet (87kg) lost 3-6 to Kazakhstan’s Azamat Kustubayev. Harpreet was India’s lone podium hope after Gurpreet Singh (77kg), Naveen (130kg) and Hardeep (97) failed to reach the medal round. The Indian men’s volleyball team suffered its first loss of the Games, going down 0-3 to Qatar in a preliminary Pool F match. India lost 15-25, 20-25, 20-25 in 77 minutes. In taekwando, Navjeet Maan crashed out in the pre-quarterfinals of the 80 kg, ending the Indian men’s campaign. The 24-year-old Maan lost 6-20 to Linglong Chen of China. PTI BS/AT PM PDSPDSlast_img read more

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Watch: Shikhar Dhawan does the bhangra as Bharat Army play the dhol after India win 5th ODI

first_imgShikhar Dhawan was over the moon after India’s hard-fought victory over New Zealand in the final ODI on Sunday and was seen doing the bhangra during his victory lap around the Basin Reserve.Dhawan, who was the second highest scorer behind Ambati Rayudu in the series, was walking around the ground after the post-match presentation when he stopped mid-way and noticed the Bharat Army playing the dhol.The India opener couldn’t help but do the bhangra to the tune of the Bharat Army dhol there and then. He even finished the dance with his trademark thigh-slap kabaddi-style celebration.The moment was captured on video which went viral on social media immediately after being posted online.”Shikhar Dhawan dancing to the tune of the Bharat Army Dhol in Wellington!,” Bharat Army tweeted along with a video of Dhawan dancing.#NZvIND @SDhawan25 dancing to the tune of the Bharat Army Dhol in Wellington! #BharatArmy #COTI pic.twitter.com/X5IaVEz9gpThe Bharat Army (@thebharatarmy) February 3, 2019Dhawan scored 188 runs in 5 ODIs in the series at an average of 47 but was pipped to the top by teammate Ambati Rayud, who made 90 in the final match to end up as the highest scorer with 190 runs at 63.33It was Rayudu’s knock which helped India stage a comeback in the match after they were reduced to 18 for 4 in the 10th over by the Blackcaps.Rayudu stitched a 98-run partnership for the fifth wicket with all-rounder Vijay Shankar and added 74 for the next wicket with Kedar Jadhav before getting out on 90 in the 44th over.advertisementHardik Pandya then played a brilliant cameo, scoring 45 off 22 balls with two fours and five sixes to take India to a respectable 252 in 49.5 overs.The bowlers then came to the party with Yuzvendra Chahal leading the way with 3 wickets while Mohammed Shami and Pandya picked up two each. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jadhav also bagged a wicket each as New Zealand got bowled out for 217 in Wellington.Rayudu was adjudged Player of the Match for his knock as India took the series 4-1 after winning the first, second, third and fifth ODIs by 8 wickets, 90 runs, 7 wickets and 35 runs respectively.Also Read | MS Dhoni moves up 3 places in ICC ODI rankings after sensational run in AustraliaAlso Read | India rise to 2nd in ICC ODI rankings after historic series win vs New ZealandAlso Read | Martin Guptill ruled out for T20I series vs India with back injurylast_img read more

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