Counselor Henries’ Erudite and Timely Admonition

first_imgCounselor George E. Henries is truly in many ways the son of his father, the outstanding lawyer and long serving Speaker of the House of Representatives, Richard Abrom Henries.Like his father, George was serious-minded and studious and went on to be a well trained lawyer.  He, of course, received far better legal training than his father, who attained his by the apprenticeship method.  But so did most of the nation’s eminent lawyers, including Chief Justice J.J. Dossen and may others before him.  So did President Arthur Barclay, his son, Associate Justice Anthony Barclay, President Edwin Barclay, former Attorney General and later Chief Justice Louis Arthur Grimes, Edwin and Louis Arthur’s classmate, the historian Abayomi Karnga, former Speaker of the House Benjamin Greene Freeman, former Vice President Clarence Lorenzo Simpson, former Senator, Associate Justice and later President W.V.S. Tubman, former Associate Justice O. Natty B. Davies, former Attorney General, Counselor Nete Sie Brownell, former Solicitor General, Counselor S. Raymond Horace, former Attorney General and Chief Justice James A.A. Pierre and many others.  All of these great lawyers apprenticed under legal luminaries before them.  It was not until the birth of the University of Liberia’s Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law that it became mandatory to hold a law degree before practicing law in Liberia.Following his graduation from the College of West Africa in 1956, George entered the University of Liberia andlater obtained his Bachelor’s in Canada before matriculating to the Cornell University Law School, where he qualified, in a far superior setting, in the profession of his father.  Cornell is one of America’s top ten universities.Upon his return he was appointed Assistant Attorney General and later as Supreme Court Associate Justice.  He remained in that profession until the 1980 coup d’état when, like most other government officials, he was imprisoned.  He reopened his law firm in 1984.  At the outbreak of the civil war in 1989-90, Cllr. Henries traveled with his family to the United States where he served as an international lawyer.  Before his departure, Head of State Doe invited him back to the Supreme Court as Associate Justice, but he respectfully declined.In 2009 he returned home as full time C.E.O. of the firm, while also serving, from 2005, again in the footsteps of his beloved father, as grandmaster of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, a position which his father had held years earlier.But this editorial is not intended as a eulogy to Counselor Henries—far from it.  We, however, did think it was necessary to give a little historical background, to explain why we thought he was right man to say the right thing to the right people, at the right time and in the right place—his own law firm!  For they say charity, like most other virtues, begins at home.  And what did Counselor Henries say?  He admonished  his legal colleagues—not only those at his law firm, but all  Liberian lawyers—to be professional and ethical in the practice of their noble profession.Addressing his staff at the firm’s yearend party last Friday,  Cllr. Henries uttered this lamentation: “There is public fear about lawyers amid the poor justice system in Liberia.  This fear is riddled with accusations that lawyers receive money and bribe judges to turn justice against the righteous and justify the evildoers.”       Cautioning the lawyers working for him at his 70 year-old law firm, probably the longest surviving in the nation’s history, Counselor Henries strongly warned them against “unprofessional and unethical practices.  By conducting yourselves professionally and building trust in your clients,” he told them, “the clients will in turn seek after you, instead of you lawyers running after clients.”A leading Liberian banker recently made this remark: “Liberia has plenty of highly educated people—‘book people’—but there are two things missing among Liberian professionals today: first, competence; and second, confidence, which is always based on one’s capacity to stand for principle.” That was what Cllr. Henries was talking about—lawyers who will not enter the trenches of legal malpractice, but live above the fog by sticking to the professional and ethical principles of the trade.We pray that all lawyers—those working for him and all others—will heed Counselor Henries’ erudite advice and in so doing, elevate the legal profession to the level where it ought to be, the envy of all professions.     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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Head-teacher calls for Govt’s assistance at flood-prone Charlestown school

first_img…as voluntary group hands over sanitation blockHead Mistress of Charlestown Secondary School, Ms LeniDee McBean, has called for Government to look into the school’s environs, which are flooded when it rains.She made the call during a ceremony in which the voluntary group Nulli Secundus (Second to None) was handing over a sanitation block to the school.The head-teacher used the occasion to appeal to Chief Education Officer Marcel Hutson, who was at the time visiting the school for the handing over ceremony. She said, “I am happy that this event through the group has brought him (Hutson) here, and we will hope that he sees other needs of this institution. Mister CEO, right now we have a situation here; when it rains, it is flooded. This entire tarmac is flooded.”She explained that students are disadvantaged by the flooding that takes place atStudents of Charlestown Secondary School washing their hands at the new facilitythe facility because they are unable to participate in sporting activities outdoors, and she has sometimes tried to facilitate indoor activities as an alternative. This poses a problem, though, since the Information Technology Lab is located below the auditorium which the children would sometimes utilise for sporting activities.The CEO took note of the head-teacher’s remarks, and responded that the Education Ministry would tend to not only the needs of that school, but others as well.“I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that, as Chief Education Officer, I will continue to not only look at the needs of Charlestown Secondary School, but I have a broader responsibility to ensure that there is equity (and) there is quality in terms of education delivery throughout this entire country; but Charlestown Secondary School will be no exception,” he assured. The Chief Education Officer added, “I believe it is important that, as (the) education sector, we can collaborate and cooperate with different groups, so that we can move education forward.” Meanwhile, Guyana Times has been told by president of the voluntary group, Martin Massiah, that the timely donation was made after some two months of toiling by persons hired by the group to facilitate the works.The project was constructed to the tune of some $400,000, which was covered by the Nulli Secundus Group.“We have been working on this project for two or three months, and so we raised money. We identified the need in Charlestown for a water facility, (or) somewhere where they (children) will be able to wash up…and we were able to identify the need for a bigger station, because of the size of the school,” Massiah said.The head-teacher of the school thanked the group for the effort, and urged the children to take care of the facility.last_img read more

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Chetwynd avalanche victim had all the proper safety gear

first_imgPhoto:  Serach crews start the search for Harold Waldner near the Hasler staging area – Braden Fox/Energeticcity.caThe B-C Coroner’s Service says the snowmobiler killed in an avalanche near Chetwynd on Sunday was wearing an air bag but it was not deployed.- Advertisement -The air bag, which is designed to allow the wearer to float on top of an avalanche, was later tested and found to be in working order.45-year-old Harold Keith Waldner of Rycroft, Alberta was among five snowmobilers who were engulfed by the slide.Nine other members of the group managed to dig out their friends but Waldner could not be revived.last_img

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Local sport volunteers lauded

first_img*** At a ceremony in Fort Nelson on Tuesday night, the following four volunteers were celebrated for their hard work in that community:• Dean Larson, Hockey• Becky Froese, Multisport• Stephen Carmichael, Hockey• Jason Rowley, Hockey Dave Stenton – Soccer Janet Prestley – Softball Grant Spelsberg – Action Schools! BCCarlyle Kreiger – Softball Advertisement Seven of Fort St. John’s most dedicated citizens were celebrated on Wednesday night, at the Community Sports Hero Awards. At a well-attended ceremony at the Stonebridge Hotel, the group earned praise from Sport BC, for the countless hours they’ve spent organizing, facilitating, and supporting amateur sport in the community. Be it time spent training new officials, working the phones, or sharpening skates, the volunteers are the heartbeat of local sport, without whom the local sports systems simply would not exist. – Advertisement -Winning this year’s awards, were: Gary Alexander – Hockey Jenny Bell – Baseball / Softball Advertisementcenter_img Pat Pimm – Golf A few of the volunteers were unable to attend the event, but those who did seemed to deflect the acclaim they had earned. Grant Spelsberg, a volunteer with several organizations, was honoured to win, but says he is just one part of a big team. [asset|aid=1789|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=b6736f3d61d08b8705e4b76ed2688c0d-Spelsberg-1_1_Pub.mp3] Likewise, Jenny Bell, says she and others work for the kids, and winning an award is just ‘icing on the cake’. “I’m just one of many” says Bell. “The man who nominated me does just as much as I do. There’s hundreds of parents working for their kids and other people’s kids every day.” Congratulations to the seven winners.Advertisementlast_img read more

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World Cup trophy starts tour in Moscow

first_img0Shares0000Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) joins FIFA chief Gianni Infantino for the start of the World Cup trophy tour at Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, on September 9, 2017 © AFP / Mladen ANTONOVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Sep 9 – The World Cup trophy tour began a worldwide tour in Moscow on Saturday at a ceremony attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin and FIFA chief Gianni Infantino.Ten months before the 2018 World Cup kicks off there, the ceremony took place at Luzhniki stadium, which has been fully renovated and will also host the final and five other matches. The event was also attended by football stars of the past — Bebeto of Brazil and former French striker David Trezeguet.Putin has promised that his country will complete the preparations for hosting the tournament on time.“Everything is going according to scedule, everything is supported by the financial backing,” Putin said.Infantino said he was confident Russia would put on a tournament to remember.“The World Cup is the most famous sports symbol, it’s unique,” he said.“We will tell Russia and the entire world what a competition will take place here in 2018. I’m confident that it will be a remarkable tournament.”The FIFA boss said he was impressed with the modernisation of the Luzhniki stadium.“The stadium is absolutely amazing. It’s very beautiful and it has absolutely everything that a stadium of the highest class should have,” Infantino said.The World Cup trophy will be showcased in 24 Russian cities and more than 50 countries around the globe giving fans an opportunity to see the most coveted prize in world football.The World Cup will be played between June 14 and July 15 at 12 venues in 11 cities — Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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GoFundMe page set up for young girl involved in incident with an ATV

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A GoFundMe page has been set up for a young girl that was involved in an incident with an ATV.According to the GoFundMe account, on June 29, 12-year-old Abby Kimmel received traumatic injuries in an accident after falling from and being trapped under a side by side ATV.Due to being trapped under the ATV, she was unable to breathe for a prolonged period of time.- Advertisement -In a coma, Kimmel was flown from Fort St. John to Vancouver for emergency treatment.Currently, she is battling for her life, with the major concern being critical swelling of the brain.From Kelowna, her father is the sole provider of the family and currently remains at the hospital, unable to work as he is at her bedside.Advertisement Since being set up on Saturday, July 6, the GoFundMe page has already raised over $10,000 of its $20,000 goal.If you wish to donate, a link to the page can be found here.last_img read more

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WATCH: Man City torn apart by Real Madrid starlet in stunning solo goal

first_img Real Madrid starlet Borja Mayoral 1 Check out this wonderful goal from Real Madrid starlet Borja Mayoral against Manchester City in the UEFA Youth League.The 18-year-old forward was promoted to the Madrid first-team for a short spell under Rafa Benitez, and he demonstrated why with two goals in a 3-1 win over the Blues.And this terrific mazy run, complete with stepovers and faints aplenty, was the pick of the bunch.See the goal in the video below!last_img

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Father accuses insurer of homicide

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“This could be your sister,” he said. Suffering from recurrent leukemia since she was 14, Nataline died Thursday night, less than 20 minutes after being taken off life support systems. The death of the teen came just hours after Cigna Healthcare – which had twice removed her from liver transplant lists, saying the surgery was experimental – sent a notice that it had reversed its decision and would allow a transplant. In a statement Thursday the company said it was making a rare exception in reversing its decision. “Based on the unique circumstances of this situation, and although it is outside the scope of the plan’s coverage and despite the lack of medical evidence regarding the effectiveness of such treatment, Cigna HealthCare has decided to make an exception in this rare and unusual case and we will provide coverage should she proceed with the requested liver transplant,” the statement said. The day after the death of his leukemia-stricken daughter, Gregor Sarkisyan accused his health insurer of taking her life by twice denying her a liver transplant. At a news conference Friday morning, Sarkisyan wept as he talked about his 17-year-old daughter, Nataline, and his hiring of attorney Mark Geragos in hopes of getting authorities to bring criminal charges against Cigna Healthcare. “They took my daughter away from me,” the Northridge man said. “She was so strong and brave. I wish she was here today.” Nataline’s brother, Bedig, donated bone marrow to his sister a month ago and said her death should touch every family. On Friday, Cigna spokesman Wendell Potter said “Our deepest sympathies are with Nataline’s family. Their loss is immeasurable, and our thoughts and prayers are with them. “We deeply hope that the outpouring of concern, care and love that are being expressed for Nataline’s family help(s) them at this time.” Geragos, the Sarkisyan family’s attorney, said he believes the company made the decision only after it knew the girl was dying. “This was a callous decision made by a company that did not want to pay the costs of the operation and the after-care that would have been needed,” Geragos said. In addition to a civil suit against the company, Geragos said he will ask the District Attorney’s Office to review whether the insurer should face criminal charges. Officials with the District Attorney’s Office said they could not comment until Geragos files the request with their office and they review it. Nataline’s case drew national attention and became a cause among health advocates, the California Nurses Association and the Armenian National Committee, which organized protests at Cigna offices around the country. Nataline was diagnosed with leukemia at age 14, and after two years of treatment the cancer went into remission, according to her mother. But it came back. When doctors said Nataline could use a bone-marrow transplant, the Sarkisyans discovered that her only sibling, 21-year-old Bedig, was a match, and he donated his bone marrow the day before Thanksgiving. But Nataline developed a complication from the bone-marrow transplant and, because her liver was failing, doctors recommended a transplant, according to an letter sent to Cigna earlier this month. On Dec. 11, Cigna denied a liver transplant for the girl, despite the pleadings of physicans at the UCLA Medical Center where she was being treated. Doctors said in the letter that Cigna denied the transplant, saying Nataline’s plan does not cover “experimental, investigational and unproven services.” The Sarkisyans had appealed with the California Department of Insurance, but the agency said it needed more information. Nataline’s mother, Hilda, said on Wednesday that she was happy with the care her daughter has received at UCLA Medical Center since being admitted Nov. 12, suffering from jaundice because of her liver failure. But Hilda said her daughter had gotten worse and had developed an inflammation in her lungs. The California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee, which helped organize protests and rallies for Nataline, called the situation “a horrific tragedy that demonstrates what is so fundamentally wrong with our health care system today.” “Insurance companies have a stranglehold on our health,” executive director Rose Ann DeMoro said in a written statement. “Their first priority is to make profits for their shareholders – and the way they do that is by denying care.” She added that the case further demonstrates the need for health-care reform that would take power away from insurance companies and give it to doctors and patients. “Why didn’t they just listen to the medical professionals?” asked Geri Jenkins of the Nurses Association. “The point is this is a daily occurrence in denying health care to people.” Staff Writer Harrison Sheppard and The Associated Press contributed to this report. rick.orlov@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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Mourinho’s pre-season outburst sees Valencia and Martial singled out

first_imgIn June, the player’s agent, Philippe Lamboley was quoted as saying: “After thinking about all the possibilities, Anthony wants to leave Manchester United.“When Manchester United, which is the most powerful club in the world, does not find an agreement in eight months of negotiations, it is that it does not really want to make it (Martial) an important player.“It is a well-considered decision. He is under contract, United will have the last word and we will respect the decision of the club, it will go to the end of its commitment.“We do not have the same vision on Anthony’s future. Without the unconditional support of the fans, Anthony would have already asked to leave United.”Mourinho also hasn’t been too impressed with his captain, Antonio Valencia, who has flown back to England with a calf injury. “Valencia came from holiday, I think too much holiday for him, his condition was not good when he was back, [he got the] injury, and also had to go back,” he said. Fellow right-back Diogo Dalot won’t be ready to play until September, which leaves wantaway Matteo Darmian as the only recognised player in that position. Already fuming at the loss of Nemanja Matic to injury, an angry Jose Mourinho has hit out at Anthony Martial for his absence from the Manchester United squad.On Wednesday, Martial was given permission to fly home to be with his partner for their birth of their child, but has so far not returned to what has been an underwhelming pre-season tour of America.“Anthony Martial, he had the baby and after the baby was born, a beautiful baby, full of health, thank God, he should be here but he is not here,” Mourinho said.“So we have Alexis [Sanchez] and [Juan] Mata to play every minute I have in every match. And now we have Real Madrid and after that Bayern Munich, and that’s our start.”The manager is having to make do without a host of first team players, who have been given extended breaks following their World Cup efforts and without them, the club have been forced to use a mix of first team, reserves and youth team players. United beat AC Milan on penalties in America earlier this week Matic, a favourite of Mourinho’s, has also been ruled out after having surgery on an abdominal injury, the manager explained. “He will be out for the start of the season. I don’t know how long he will be out for.“He came from the World Cup with an injury and the time he had to rest was not enough to resolve the problem. He went to Philadelphia to see a top world specialist in these kind of injuries and he didn’t leave the clinic. He immediately had surgery [in order] not to lose more time.” Martial left Man United’s pre-season tour early 3center_img Mourinho says his side could be in trouble 3 3 Ahead of the Real game, United have drawn with Club America and San Jose Earthquakes, beaten Milan on penalties and lost to Liverpool.Martial has one year left on his contract and has been linked with moves to Tottenham and Chelsea in England, while Bayern Munich are said to be another option.last_img read more

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Man United to battle Man City for £60million-rated midfielder

first_imgCity sporting director, Txiki Begiristain, met with Mendes at Wolves’ season opener against Everton and was in attendance when the Blues drew 1-1 at Molineux on Saturday.Begiristain and Mendes have a good relationship as the super-agent also has Nicolas Otamendi, Bernardo Silva and Ederson as clients.However, United boss Jose Mourinho is also a client of Mendes which adds another twist to the tale on where Neves could end up. 2 LIVING THE DREAM targets 2 LATEST And Neves’ good form has continued into the Premier League with a lovely free-kick goal against Everton on the opening day.However, Goal claims the Red Devils could be willing to table a rival bid for the £60million-rated Neves.City will be anxious to land a long-term replacement for 33-year-old Fernandinho after losing out on Jorginho, who joined Chelsea this summer.The Premier League champions reportedly made a late approach for Neves, however, Wolves and his agent Jorge Mendes refused to do business, promising the fans he would not be sold. moving on Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Mourinho and Guardiola are both very keen on the Portuguese midfielder RANKED center_img REVEALED targets Neves signed a five-year contract with Wolves in the summer Latest Transfer News Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland IN DEMAND Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Manchester United will battle it out with rivals Manchester City for highly rated Wolves star Ruben Neves, according to reports.It emerged City boss Pep Guardiola was keen on signing the midfielder this month, who has lit up Molineux since his arrival from Porto a year ago. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summerlast_img read more

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