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‘More Than Me’ Principal Probed for Statutory Rape Allegation

first_imgCredible Information reaching the Daily Observer says authorities of the Liberia National Police (LNP) are investigating a senior staff of More Than Me (MTM) Academy over allegations of statutory rape.Macintosh Johnson, who is MTM’s community liaison to West Point, was arrested on June 16 following numerous complaints regarding his sexual misconduct toward the students.“Johnson is being investigated by LNP,” a credible source said.MTM is an American- Liberian run non-governmental organization that is providing free education opportunities to less-privileged girls, mainly in the West Point Community. The school came into the limelight as an NGO project having won a handsome prize of US$1 million on the Chase Bank American Giving Awards NBC-TV broadcsat for the charitable organization, More Than Me Foundation, founded by America. The foundation’s aim is to build schools to empower young Liberian girls who are otherwise at risk of sexual exploitationSeveral government agencies,  including the Women and Children Protection Section of the Liberian National Police, GoL /UN GBV Joint Program, Ministries of Justice, and Gender, are currently gathering testimonies from the students.Informed sources say the school’s administration, the LNP, and parents of the victims, on Friday, June 20 held closed-door meeting, regarding the ongoing investigation.“The school has also consulted its legal counsel to ensure a smooth investigation, conduct internal probes into the event, and ensure that it is an isolated incident,” the sources said.It has also taken steps to form a coalition of partners,  including HOPE, the Women’s Protection and Empowerment team at the International Red Cross (IRC), to jointly address sexual abuses of children in the West Point community.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Teen jailed for stealing cellphone

first_imgAfter being convicted twice for simple larceny in 2018, 19-year-old Shakeem Mentore made yet another court appearance before Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus facing similar charges.The unrepresented teen admitted that on January 17, 2019, at Croal Street, Stabroek, Georgetown he stole one Samsung Galaxy cellphone worth $140,000; property of Nicholas Gangaram.The prosecution’s case presented by Police Prosecutor Quinn Harris contended that the teen approached the Virtual Complainant from behind and snatched the phone which was in the VC’s hand at the time. Public spirited persons gave chase and the defendant was apprehended.Meanwhile, a probation report presented to the court revealed that the teen who resides with his grandmother, stole the phone with intentions to sell it and purchase a bicycle. However, Magistrate Isaacs-Marcus jailed the teen for 15 months and advised him to not appear before her again.last_img read more

Thousands affected by GPL prepaid card system shutdown

first_img…power company blames GTT Internet for disruptionThousands of customers using the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) prepaid meter service will not be able to access it through external vendors since the service had been temporarily disrupted due to technical difficulties.The power company on Wednesday said the unplanned disruption rendered prepaid agents unable to generate prepaid JUICE tokens or redeem prepaid JUICE cards. This is said to affect over 1000 families across GuyanaThe company noted that GTT and GPL are working assiduously on the disruption to successfully restore the connection in a timely manner. Only 25 of its vendors countrywide will have tokens available.last_img read more

Kind doctors have a heart

first_imgImagine yourself in his patient’s position, the doctor says. A 29-year-old farmer from a poor, rural village in Jamaica flying into Los Angeles last Monday night with absolutely no resources except the hope he was carrying in his damaged heart. Shawn Bryson shouldn’t have been taking that flight alone, the doctor says. Someone from Jamaica should have accompanied him on this emotional journey. But there was no one. His mother left when Bryson was 3, and he ran away from an abusive father when he was 13. What little money he earned came from the land he farmed to feed his three children. But all that was about to end because he would die soon unless he had immediate heart surgery. “It had to be so overwhelming for him, stepping off that airplane alone in the first big city he had ever seen – wondering in the next few days whether he was going to live or die,” said Dr. Gholam Mohammadzadeh, a cardiothoracic surgeon who performed Bryson’s heart surgery Wednesday at Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center. The young farmer from Jamaica now is going to live, thanks to the kindness of an Iranian-born doctor and his wife, the president and CEO of the hospital, and the Rotary Club of Conejo Valley Centennial in Westlake Village, whose members cross almost all boundaries and nationalities. Through their generosity, the world shrank a little last Monday night when Bryson stepped off that plane from Jamaica and found that he was not alone anymore. Bryson’s journey began in the office of Dr. William Foster, a cardiologist in Jamaica searching the Internet for a cardiothoracic heart specialist willing to perform an aortic valve replacement on one of his patients. The man was a poor farmer. He had no medical insurance, no money. The tremendous cost of the operation and all of the other expenses would have to be shouldered by others. The young man could not pay with anything but a thank you. Foster knew it was a longshot. The best he could do was try. He studied the Internet pictures of surgeons – choosing to e-mail only those with “kind eyes,” he would say later. He sent more than a dozen e-mails. Only two surgeons replied with questions. One of them was Dr. Gholam Mohammadzadeh. “Quite honestly, I wasn’t sure if it was a scheme or if it was genuine,” Mohammadzadeh said Saturday. “I was a little skeptical, but when I got the additional medical information I asked for from Dr. Foster, I knew it was credible and that time was a factor.” At dinner that night he told his wife, Negen, that he was going to talk to Dale Serowitz, president and CEO of Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center, to see if the hospital would bear the $70,000 to $100,000 in costs for the delicate operation. Negen, president of her Rotary Club in Westlake Village, said she’d go along to see if she could help. “Anyone who knows my wife knows that when she wants to she can move mountains,” Mohammadzadeh said, laughing. But Negen didn’t have to move any mountains that day. When Serowitz heard the story, he said yes. “Dale is a wonderful man with a big, soft heart,” the doctor says. “After he graciously said the hospital would absorb the cost, my colleagues stepped forward to offer their services for free.” While Mohammadzadeh lined up his surgical team, Negen went to work on her Rotarian friends. The club raised more than $2,000 to pay for Bryson’s travel, hotel and other costs. Then they passed around a sign-up sheet to make sure the young Jamaican farmer always had someone visiting him every day he was here. “The night before the operation we asked him if he wanted to go out for pizza,” Negen said. “He said he had never had pizza. “At the restaurant he kept asking us to tell him if he was doing anything wrong. He had never been to a restaurant, either.” Hours before the surgery Wednesday, Dr. Mohammadzadeh sat with the young farmer to see if he had any last-minute questions. Only two, he said: Would he be able to return to farming to feed his family, and would he still be alive after the operation? The doctor smiled and said he was going to do his best to make sure the answer to both questions was yes. It was a couple of days after the successful operation that a nurse walked into Bryson’s room and found him crying. It wasn’t from pain, the young farmer said. It was all the emotions he had kept inside since he stepped off that airplane from Jamaica alone Monday night. He wasn’t alone anymore. He was going home with a healthy heart and a future with his children. All because a doctor with kind eyes said yes. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. (818) 713-3749 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Rodgers defends Balotelli over Liverpool penalty drama

first_img1 Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli with team-mates Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has come to the defence of under-fire striker Mario Balotelli following Thursday night’s Europa League penalty drama against Besiktas.A first leg tie which seemed destined to end in a goalless stalemate eventually ended in a 1-0 Reds victory thanks to the Italian striker’s late goal from the spot, though what initially appeared to be a minor incident blew up in the aftermath of the Anfield clash.After man-of-the-match Jordon Ibe was tripped in the area, Jordan Henderson picked up the ball but then allowed Balotelli to step in to take the kick, much to the evident frustration of strike partner Daniel Sturridge.Despite his strike ensuring Liverpool take a crucial advantage to the second leg trip to Istanbul, club captain Steven Gerrard, as a guest television pundit, called Balotelli “mischievous” and “disrespectful” for taking over from designated taker, and stand-in skipper, Henderson.But Rodgers insists the 24-year-old summer signing – who has scored 27 out of 29 penalties in his career – was well entitled to the kick, explaining that he was simply following the long-established order agreed earlier in the season.“There has probably been a lot more of a drama been made out of it than it actually was,” said the Reds boss.“With the players who were initially on the pitch last night Jordan was our nominated taker.“But if Jordan and Steven and Mario are on the pitch at the same time we would normally have Steven and Mario as the penalty-takers.“History shows he [Balotelli] has scored nearly 30 penalties in big games so he is an outstanding penalty-taker, but none of them were on [at the start] so you have to nominate someone.“Jordan was happy enough to take it but he gave it to Mario.”Henderson, Balotelli and Daniel Sturridge were all involved in discussions before the 85th-minute penalty against the Turkish visitors, and Gerrard’s post-match comments fanned the flames with Rodgers admitting that is something he will deal with within the team.“That is my job to manage that, it is what I do behind the scenes every day,” he added.“You see from the way the team has been playing recently the respect and commitment they show for each other.“I always assign responsibility every single game and I think this is the first time that has reared its head.“I think there was a bit of a kerfuffle around it because they just wanted to make sure he [Balotelli] was happy to take it but that was it really.“The only thing I would say on it is I don’t like the etiquette – you don’t like to see four or five players around a football looking to take it.“It was maybe more the etiquette which was not as we would have liked but we got the end result.”Henderson’s role in the affair has been criticised by some, with Reds legend Steve Nicol telling talkSPORT he showed a lack of leadership in allowing Balotelli to step in ahead of him.Rodgers admits authority is something which comes with experience but he supports the England midfielder in the job he is doing – even if he has again raised doubts about whether he will get the job full-time when Gerrard leaves for Los Angeles Galaxy in the summer.“He just needs time,” said the Northern Irishman. “People see him as that automatic next captain but that is not necessarily the case.“He is a young player and you have to go steady with Jordan. Everyone is trying to catapult him into the next Steven Gerrard and he is not that.“I have said it many times he is not that type of player. Jordan is a real honest boy, a hard-working player, a great team player.“Steven is a totally different player to that. He [Henderson] is still young but it is not automatic he will be the next captain but at this moment in time, when Steven doesn’t play, he is working that role very well.”last_img read more

Click It or Ticket boosts seatbelt safety

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsTraffic safety officials started looking at conducting a statewide awareness campaign after statistics showed that of 2,905 traffic fatalities in 2003, 1,268 of those victims were not wearing safety belts, traffic office spokesman Mike Marando said. “Click It or Ticket” seemed like a simple message that motorists would get, he said. “We have held seatbelt campaigns in the past. `Click It or Ticket’ just seemed better and more identifiable,” he added. Whether due to the campaign’s message or increasing fines, the percentage of people who regularly buckle up has increased, from 90.4 percent in 2004 to 92.5 percent in 2005. “Essentially, that is 657,000 more people buckling up,” Marando noted. PICO RIVERA – It didn’t take Deputy Jose Marquez long to spot a seatbelt scofflaw Monday morning. Driving on the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway, Marquez in less than a half hour had pulled over Pico Rivera resident Michael Duron’s Chevrolet pickup truck. He was one of several drivers Marquez cited Monday morning in a special seatbelt enforcement campaign that continues through June 4. “I’ll make sure I buckle up and remind my friends to do the same,” Duron said after receiving his ticket, which will cost him $80 to $91. This is the second year of the Click It or Ticket campaign, sponsored by the state Office of Traffic Safety, which this year made available grants totaling $5.2 million to 244 law enforcement agencies for seatbelt enforcement programs. Fines for not wearing a seatbelt range from $80 to $91 for the first conviction to $191 for a second offense. Parents or other drivers who fail to put children in car seats pay $340 for the first offense and $871 for a second. Armed with the grants, which range from $5,000 to $90,000, police agencies will be able to put additional officers on the streets to conduct seatbelt enforcement operations. The sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station will have two extra deputies, officials said. “Our goal is to prevent people from dying in traffic collisions,” Marquez said. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Inter v Spurs: Harry Redknapp reminisces about famous CL clash

first_img 2 Bale netted two almost identical goals late on in a memorable game at the San Siro Then a fresh-faced 21-year-old full-back, Bale ‘absolutely destroyed’ one of the best defenders in the game at that time, Redknapp recalls, and his electric display at the San Siro helped inspire Tottenham to finish top of their group and go on a memorable run to the quarter-finals – where they were knocked out by Real Madrid.Listen back to Harry Redknapp on Tottenhham v Inter Milan from Tuesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above!center_img Harry Redknapp joined talkSPORT on Tuesday to reminisce about one of the most memorable nights of his managerial career – when Tottenham and Gareth Bale stunned Inter Milan in the Champions League.Spurs travel to the San Siro again on Tuesday in their first Champions League game of the season – and you can hear LIVE commentary on talkSPORT from the new earlier time of 5:55pm.It’s the first time the clubs meet in the competition since 2010, where Rafa Benitez’s side were left stinging by the left foot of Bale.This was the game where the Welsh wizard announced himself on the European stage, so much so that while everyone remembers his stunning performance – tearing up the left flank, and Brazilian defender Maicon with it, and scoring a fine hat-trick – few remember Spurs actually lost.Entering the half-time break with ten men – Heurelho Gomes was sent off after just seven minutes – and 4-0 down, Redknapp admits he was ready to throw in the towel.But instead he told his side to do themselves proud on the biggest stage and they certainly did that, although they could not fight back to claim a point, with a Bale’s treble seeing the game end 4-3.last_img read more


first_imgMembers of the ambulance service, fire service and Gardai get ready to ruuuuumble!It’s one of the most anticipated fight nights of the year! Local Emergency Services, An Garda Siochana, Ambulance Service and Fire Service are hosting a charity white collar boxing event in Jackson’s Hotel, Ballybofey this coming weekend on Saturday 3rd of May.All proceeds raised are in aid of there charities, Irish MS Society, Irish Haemophilia Society and Little Angels School in Letterkenny. The first fight of the night commences at 8pm, and a total of eleven fights will take place, with both male and female fighters involved.The Battle of the Blue Lights will be followed by a full DJ set.Entry to the event is only €10.Head out and support your local Emergency Services and the three worthy charities.  IT’S THE BATTLE OF DONEGAL’S BLUE LIGHTS! was last modified: April 29th, 2014 by StephenShare 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) Tags:ambulancecharity fight nightdonegalFIRE BRIGADEGardailast_img read more

Donegal League – here’s how today’s action panned out

first_imgThe Donegal League season is beginning to hot up across all the divisions – here’s how today’s games unfolded.Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier Division Kildrum Tigers 3 Castlefin Celtic 0Click here to read Charlie Collins’ report from ParkviewKilmacrennan Celtic 5 Lagan Harps 0 (No Report Submitted)Temple Domestic Appliances Division OneDunkineely Celtic 3 St. Catherines 1This local derby started at a frantic pace and the home side Dunkineely took the lead on the 13th minute when Damien Quigley had a shot deflected to Daniel Gallagher who poked into the corner of the net.Killybegs had one or two good chances with a strong breeze but couldn’t break the Dunkineely defence. Cian Kennedy doubled the lead in the 57th minute with a looping shot from a deflection which flew over Kevin Martin in the Saint’s goals.Killybegs pulled one back through Conor Doherty on the 60th minute but Kennedy put the game to bed for Dunkineely as he grabbed his second in the 85th minute.Cian Kennedy and Shane Mc Whinnie were good for Dunkineely and it was a team performance from St. Catherine’s. Lifford Celtic 1 Raphoe Town 2A windy day in the Brae with Raphoe kicking off. Lifford started early with Johnny Robb crossing a ball in but nobody forward to connect.Dylan Brolly opening the scoring in the 43rd minute.The first ten minutes of the second half were quiet. Raphoe had a good chance on 58 minutes but Lee White made a great one on one save. Raphoe doubled their lead with Caolan Kelly scoring. Lifford got two penalties with Jude Patton missing on 68 minutes and Mark Neeson scoring in the 78th and that’s how it ended.Gweedore Celtic 3 Erne Wanderers 1Gweedore started this clash the brightest and made several chances early on with Colin Ferry going close. Colin Ferry was taken down in the box in the 28th minutes with Tommy Diver slotted the resulting penalty home.The Ballyshannon men then equalised in the 36th minute through David Dunne.In the 44th minute Tommy Diver scored a spectacular goal from 50 yards when he spotted the keeper off his line, to put the Celts ahead.Gweedore continued to push in the second half but were thankful for Chris Sweeney who made two fine saves. Gweedore secured the points in the 87th minute when Chris McFadden set up Padraig Hagney Gallagher to slide home.A fine performance from the home team playing their first competitive game under lights. Best for Gweedore were Colin Ferry and Chris McFadden.Referee: Liam McConalogue.Ballybofey United 2 Keadue Rovers 0Ballybofey somewhat rekindled their league campaign on Sunday afternoon when they defeated high flying Keadue at the Finn Valley Complex. It was their striker Damien Glackin who did the damage weighing in with a brace. The Division is still in the melting pot with some of the top teams defeated this weekend.Donegal Physiotherapy & Performance Centre Division TwoEany Celtic 2 Copany Rovers 2(No Report Received)Gweedore United 2 Letterbarrow Celtic 1Another wintry day for football in Gweedore saw the home side get another good and well deserved 3 points against a Letterbarrow side who beat them well in the reverse fixture earlier in the season.It took both sides a while to adopt to the weather conditions with good early chances for Frank Mc Gee and Ronan Donnell going abegging.The visitors looked dangerous on the break with Owen McHugh and Roper a threat, testing Joe Duffy in the United on two occasions.The home side took the lead in the 37th minute when the ball fell to Ciaran McFadden and he hit an excellent shot into the bottom corner leaving Gildea with no chance to make it 1-0.United extended their lead in the 44th minute when Paul Doogan hit a free kick into the top corner to make it 2-0 at half time. Letterbarrow pulled one back in the 47th minute with a good finish from Owen McHugh squeezing the ball past Duffy from close range.The visitors, with the aid of the strong wind In the second half, couldn’t break down a well organised United defence and the home side looked dangerous on the break through Ciaran McFadden and Noel Diver however it remained 2-1 until the final whistle.A good team performance from Letterbarrow with another big effort from the home side with Joe Duffy, Paul Doogan and Daniel Okraska outstanding for United on the day.Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 2 Glenree United 2It was derby day again at a wet and windy Rab’s Park as Kerrykeel welcomed Glenree United.  Both teams took a while to settle in to what was a tense affair.Glenree went close on ten minutes when Aaron McClafferty shot wide after great work from Oisin Boyce.Sean Little then went close for the home side on eighteen minutes but Oran Blaney did well and tipped over the bar.The visitors went in front on twenty-five minutes when Oisin Boyce scored from a defensive mix up in the Kerrykeel box.It wasn’t long before the home side were level with Fergal Friel scoring a brilliant free kick from twenty-five yards giving Blaney no chance.The second half was a tense and tight affair with both defences on top. With twenty minutes left Glenree went in front with Gary Ban rising highest and heading home a fantastic cross from Dennis Langan.Sean Little nearly brought Kerrykeel 71 level on seventy-four minutes when he met a great through ball from Shane Friel only for Blaney to deny him with a fantastic save.It was an all-out attack for the final ten minutes from the ‘71 and it eventually paid off in the ninety fifth minute when they were awarded a penalty when Matthew Stewart was taken down by Blaney and Patsy Friel cooly fired past Blaney to earn his side a share of the points.Best for Kerrykeel 71: Kevin McGonigle, Sean Little and Shane Friel. Best for Glenree: Oisin Boyce, Oran Blaney and Aaron McClafferty.Referee: Frank DuffDonegal League – here’s how today’s action panned out was last modified: January 28th, 2018 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)last_img read more

Eskom announces independent enquiry into state of its business

first_imgThe board of South African power utility has resolved to commission an independent enquiry, conducted by external parties, to examine the current status of the business and the challenges it faces. Four senior executives will be asked to step down for the duration of the probe.Eskom chairman Zola TsotsiThe board of South African power utility has resolved to commission an independent enquiry, conducted by external parties, to examine the current status of the business and the challenges it faces. Four senior executives will be asked to step down for the duration of the probe.The Eskom board has today resolved to commission an independent enquiry on the current status of the business and its challenges.• Download media statementThe board, in its quest to address the current challenges faced by Eskom, has deemed it prudent to seek an independent view on the status of a number of issues. These include:• The poor performance of generation plant• Delays in bringing the new generation plant on-stream• High costs of primary energy• Cash-flow challenges“To ensure that this process is as transparent and uninhibited as possible,” said Eskom chairman Zola Tsotsi, “the board has also resolved that four of its senior executives, including the chief executive, should step down for the duration of this enquiry.”The executives who have been asked to step down while the enquiry is underway are Tsholofelo Molefe (Finance Director), Dan Marokane (Group Capital) and Matshela Koko (Commercial and Technology). One of the current non-executive board members, Zethembe Khoza, has been asked to assume the position of interim chief executive. Khoza will be supported by Nonkululeko Veleti (Finance), Abram Masango (Group Capital) and Edwin Mabelane (Commercial and Technology).“All these senior executives have been with the organisation a long time and we are confident that they will maintain business continuity during this period,” said Tsotsi.The board also resolved that the independent enquiry be conducted by external parties, who will be selected within the next week. They will be given unfettered rights of access to all information deemed necessary for this probe to be successful.The board has emphasized that this process is a critical step towards ensuring that the situation facing Eskom improves as expeditiously as possible.“To that end, we would like to assure our customers and employees that this was done in the best interest of all our stakeholders, and we hope to come out of this with a better grasp of all the challenges facing the business, and most importantly, with solutions,” said Tsotsi.The interim appointeesMs Nonkululeko Veleti is a registered chartered accountant and has been with the organisation for almost 14 years working in the finance department.Abram Masango, a qualified engineer, has been with Eskom for over 18 years and is currently project director at Kusile. He brings to the role many years of valuable experience, having occupied various senior positions within the organisation.Edwin Mabelane has been with the organisation for 21 years. He is a qualified engineer has been a very senior executive before this appointment. He brings into the role many years of valuable experience.Issued by Eskom Media DeskTel: +27 11 800 3304/3343/3378Cell: +27 82 805 7278Fax: 086 664 7699Email: read more