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  • New Amsterdam Multilateral School is losing its premier standing

    first_imgDear Editor,I wish to thank the brave efforts of a concerned parent, Orlando Fraser, who registered his dissatisfaction with the current state of the New Amsterdam Multilateral School (NAMS) which is factual.As the former Chairman of the Board of Governors of the NASS, I am in receipt of a letter for the transfer of the current Deputy Headmaster (DHM) to Vrymens Secondary School but the letter was disregarded and the DHM continues to be in the school.The dissatisfaction of the parents continues to be a major concern and in order to correct this, the DHM should be transferred  for the betterment of teachers and students of the school. We therefore urge that the Education Ministry and the school board secretariat act immediately.After the board life came to an end in April 2017, the DHM with the national PTA coordinator changed the canteen arrangements and gave the management of the canteen to the PTA because of the DHM’s access to funds and control of the school canteen.There was a lot of unauthorised spending and mismanagement of funds from the school. There’s is so much of irregularities and mismanagement in the school because of this untouchable DHM.I remember that there was a commission of inquiry on education led by Ed Caesar which was established by President David Granger to bring an end to the issues that plagued this school, but to date, nothing was done.I told Ed Caesar from  the beginning of my presentations that this is another waste of time and nothing will change but he assured members that the President will take steps to correct the situation at the school but to date the commission of inquiry has failed the board, the students the teachers and the school.In order to preserve the integrity of the school and to decrease the mental stress on teachers, the Ministry should act swiftly to correct these situations immediately.Regards,Zamal HussainFormer Chairman ofthe Board ofGovernorsNew AmsterdamSecondary Schoollast_img read more

  • Court Hunts Korean Nat’l over US$300K Theft Case

    first_imgDefendant Maengskik Kim, the Korean national wanted by the court for stealing a US$300,000 shipment of fish. The Bushrod Island Magisterial Court in Monrovia says it is in search of the former managing director of Young IL Corporation, Maengsik Kim, a South Korean national who has not attended his alleged US$300,000 theft case.The case began about a month ago after defendant Kim was released on an unresolved bond fee posted by the Accident and Casualty Insurance Company.Kim is now wanted by the court in connection with his refusal to appear for the hearing after Magistrate James F. Dudu, did not concur with the prosecutors’ argument that the insurance company had failed to attach its recent bank statement, and other relevant documents to the bond.This, according to the court, gave rise to the denial of Kim’s bail application unless those documents were made available.When the case was first scheduled for hearing on March 26, 2019, the court records established that the lead prosecutor, Attorney Shadrach M. Kanneh, then informed Magistrate Dudu that the amount of US$300,000 involved in the matter was substantial, “therefore, we request the court to allow defendant Kim to file the appropriate criminal appearance bond. Moreover, we have been informed that Kim is poised to leave this country, and so, we request the court to take keen jurisdiction of the matter.”However, while ruling on the prosecutors’ argument, Magistrate Dudu declared that “defendant Kim should post a valid criminal appearance bond to ensure his day to day appearance, and that any failure on the part of the defendant to do so, he will be incarcerated at the Monrovia Central Prison where he will remain until all bails in requirement of fraud are fully met.”Despite granting Kim’s bail, the defendant on numerous occasions, has not appeared in court for the trial, which prompted Atty. Kanneh to request the court to hold the insurance company in “contempt for not being able to ensure the appearance of the defendant in court.”That request was later granted by Magistrate Dudu, who subsequently held the company in contempt.According to the court record, from 2017 up to and including 2018, the defendant had approached the management of IL Corporation to do business with them.The said management decided to do business with Kim by shipping containers into the country.Court records claimed that from 2017 up to, and including 2018, Kim approached the management of Global Ocean Fisheries for a partnership, to which the management agreed, and later entrusted the company into the care of Kim to export from Liberia to South Korea.Shortly afterward, the court record further claimed, Kim started to ship fish in the name of Global Ocean to South Korea but, on the contrary, Kim, without the knowledge of the company, shipped three 40 foot containers of fish valued at US$300,000, meaning US$100,000 per shipment to South Korea.“Defendant Kim misapplied the confidence reposed in him by operating under the management authority, and doing business without the approval of the management using trade mark without permission from 2017 up to 2018,” court record established.“Kim’s action had caused economic hardship and deprived their corporation of its benefits and international business, and also the revenue that the corporation was to receive,” the record added. “That defendant Kim had operated the corporation without producing any tangible funds to management,” the court record alleged.Meanwhile, up to press time last night, the whereabouts of defendant Kim remains unknown.But a complaint has been filed against Magistrate Dudu before Judge Roosevelt Z. Willie of Criminal Court ‘B’, the Temple of Justice, in connection to the failure of defendant Kim to honor his bail assurance.A complaint dated April 30, 2019, filed on behalf of Global Ocean Fisheries by Madam Roseline K.S. Giah, claimed that Magistrate Dudu had earlier arrested a representative of the insurance company and subsequently forwarded him to the Monrovia Central Prison.However, Magistrate Dudu, a day later, changed his mind and released the insurance company’s representative without producing the defendant, as provided for by the law.“When we approached Magistrate Dudu on the said issue, the magistrate could not gave reasonable justification as to the release of the surety or the producing of defendant Kim without just cause,” the complaint alleged.The complaint added, “Judge Willie should cite Magistrate Dudu to show cause why he released an executive of the Accident and Casualty Insurance Company, and he failed to bring defendant Kim before the court by strength of the law, thereby leaving my case undone.”It can be recalled that Magistrate Kennedy Peabody of the Monrovia City Court was also cited  by the same Judge Willie over the magistrate’s action to allow dismissed Guaranty Trust Bank Manager, Ayodeji Bejide, a Nigerian national, to leave the country on medical leave without the knowledge of the government.Bejide was expected to have been indicted by Criminal Court ‘C’ for the crime of aggravated assault after he threw his calculator at the face of one of his staff members in a fit of rage, during a meeting. The staff member, identified as Edward Freeman, sustained a serious injury on the lip.The decision of allowing the defendant to leave the country on medical grounds has caused the government to issue a complaint to Judge Willie who has ordered Magistrate Peabody to ensure that defendant Bejide returned to the country by October 22.Though the government placed a travel ban on Bejide, Magistrate Peabody later lifted the ban and subsequently ordered Bejide to leave the country anytime he wished because Bejide was now under a US$50,000 bail posted by the Insurance Company of Africa.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Govt continues to neglect residents

    first_imgBlack Bush Polder flood: Day 13– as NDIA shifts blame to Regional AdministrationToday makes it 13 days since Johanna and Yakusari in Black Bush Polder have been flooded with no assistance from the Government and the NDIA is blaming the Regional Administration. While residents and farmers continue to battle with the water, disease and loss of crops, Government continues to turn a blind eye to the situation.On Tuesday, a team from the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) visited the sluice at Joppa, Number 43 Village, and the outfall channel to access ongoing works there.A senior official noted that work is progressing well while adding that the agency has been able to identify the problems which caused flooding in the two polders.“It is the outfall channel which we are clearing now and we had to wait until the rains started so there would be water in the system to flush it,” the official said.He added that the situation at the mouth of the sluice and vegetation in the Yakusari canal were the other two factors which caused the flooding.However, this publication had pointed out those very factors from the first day of the flood.In fact, the day prior to the two polders being inundated, Guyana Times had pointed out those three factors as they relate to flooding in the Black Bush Polder.Meanwhile, the NDIA official said the agency is only responsible for the clearing of the outfall channel.“The region has the responsibility for the canal, the pump and the canal.” Regional Vice Chairman Dennis DeRoop put the blame back on the NDIA, claiming that the 150-foot wide canal with floating grass cannot cause flooding.However, he admitted that the canal had not been cleared for the year.“The REO (Regional Executive Officer) failed to get a contractor to do the cleaning,” he told this publication on Tuesday evening. DeRoop further stated that the NDIA has the responsibility for the 300 feet in front of the sluice door.“Because this was not cleaned the pump could not work,” DeRoop said.The pump at Joppa had only worked for five hours and ten minutes in one week because of siltation.DeRoop said he asked the REO to send an excavator to the residential areas of the affected polders to help to ease the flooding there.“The REO is sending the machines to other places where there is no emergency. They are playing politics with people’s lives.”On Tuesday, residents told this publication that no one from the Government has visited since the flood started.Balgai Rajkumar of South Yakusari said the flood water was at her door for one week. She, like many other cash crop farmers, complained of losing all of her crop as a result of the almost two weeks of flooding.Residents in North Yakusari reported children falling ill, resulting in them being unable to attend school.“The nurses from the health centre tell us that they coming Monday and I wait home and nobody come. I wait home whole day today (Tuesday) and nobody come,” one resident said.As the Yakusari Primary School compound remains under water, students reported seeing a snake in the water on Monday.One teacher said the reptile which was spotted in the water is considered a dangerous snake. Residents said the water had started receding but a downpour on Monday took them back to square one. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

  • Lou Legault wins 2010 Oilmens

    first_imgBy Jon ZacksLou Legault claimed victory in the 2010 Oilmen’s golf tournament on Saturday, beating 2009 champion Travis Eggers in the 18-hole match play final.Legault captured his first Oilmen’s title thanks to match-play wins over Blayne Streeper, Ian Munro, John Ross, and Travis Eggers. – Advertisement -“It feels awesome” Legault said after his victory. “Having worked here for a number of years, and hauling kegs around and cleaning up garbage, and now to actually play and win it feels really good.” “I felt like I drove the ball real well this week” he said of his play, adding “I made some clutch par putts when I needed them.” Newcomer Blayne (Buddy) Streeper won the consolation event in the championship flight, after a win over Justin McKinnon on Saturday.For a complete list of winners, click on the attachment below.Advertisementlast_img read more

  • Sports Journalists to help identify sports heroes for honors

    first_imgPrincipal Secretary in the ministry of Sports Culture and Arts Kirimi Kaberia hinted at the same during Sports Journalists Association of Kenya Awards Gala held at National Museum of Kenya on Monday night.“We will devise a better way of commending our national sporting heroes who put the country on global map. The best way of doing that is by incorporating sports journalists who follow and cover the sportsmen all over the world. So in the heroes commission we’ll find a place for our journalists so that the interest of sports personalities are taken care of.” He remarkedAll finalists in the SJAK Awards also received presidential invite for the next national holiday.Winners, runners up and second runners up will have a seat during Madaraka Day celebrations on June 1st 2018, the first national holiday presided over by the head of state.Talismanic Gor Mahia forward Meddie Kagere who was voted Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the awards also received a year long medical cover from National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) courtesy of the presidency.The revamped NHIF has revolutionized health insurance in the country and the PS urged all and sundry to sign up.In a commendable effort to alleviate poverty among retired sports personalities, the National Youth Fund, has lined-up all finalists from the SJAK Award for business training after which funding for up to Sh300000 will be channeled.Retired sports personalities have often fallen in abject poverty owing to improper financial guidance and failure to investing in viable businesses during their prime sporting times.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) president Chris Mbaisi with AIPS boss Gianni Merclo (left) and AIPS Africa president Mitchel Obi (centre). PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 19- The Government of Kenya will incorporate sports journalists into the heroes committee to help identify deserving sports men and women for presidential commendations.The move comes after recent commendations sparked furore with high achieving sports personalities blatantly overlooked from the presidential fetes.last_img read more

  • UCLA offensive coordinator leaves for NFL

    first_img 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 MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Cable is considered one of the best offensive line coaches in the nation, and in his two years guiding UCLA’s offensive line, he helped build the offense into one of the best in the nation. The Bruins averaged 39 points a game and finished 10-2 last season. The year before his arrival, UCLA’s offense was in shambles under former offensive coordinator Steve Axman. Cable is the third member of UCLA’s staff to leave for the NFL. Running backs coach Eric Bieniemy left for the Minnesota Vikings and assistant head coach/tight ends coach Jon Embree accepted a job with the Kansas City Chiefs. The exodus of UCLA coaches to the NFL continued Thursday with the biggest loss to date in offensive coordinator Tom Cable, who accepted a job with the Atlanta Falcons this morning, sources said. Cable, who also serves as the Bruins’ offensive line coach, will be the Falcons’ offensive line coach. It is uncertain who will replace Cable as offensive line coach. However, it is possible Bruins coach Karl Dorrell could take over the offensive coordinator role. UCLA runs an offense Dorrell brought in from the Denver Broncos. The move comes a day after UCLA inked an offensive line class Cable called the ”best group I’ve ever recruited.” Eight offensive linemen committed Wednesday, including Hawaii’s Micah Kia, regarded as one of the top 10 prospects in the country at the position. last_img read more

  • THE HOOPS REPORT: CELTIC BEAT DONS AGAIN TO GO EIGHT POINTS CLEAR IN SPL

    first_imgABERDEEN MUST be sick of the sight of the Hoops after being beaten by them for the third time in just 10 days tonight.Celtic won 3-0 in a match at Pittodrie which couldn’t have gotten off to a crazier start.Dons boss Craig Brown had just finished shaking hands with his Celtic counterpart Neil Lennon when Hooper picked out Brown making a run into the box. Hooper’s delicious cross-field pass was controlled and nudged towards goal by the Celtic captain in a flowing move, but as Brown shaped to score he was hauled down by Andrew Considine and referee Alan Muir pointed to the spot.While Stokes grabbed the ball for the penalty, Muir presented the shell-shocked Dons defender with a red card and his involvement was over after just 95 seconds.The drama didn’t end there – Aberdeen keeper Jamie Langfield saved Anthony Stokes’ resultant penalty.But with just 10 men to play against Celtic went at the home team like madmen and were ahead in the 12th minute as Hooper and Stokes played a brilliant one-two – and Hooper finished. In the second half Stokes added a second before Mark Wilson made it 3-0 – with super-sub Paddy McCourt helping to turn the screw.THE HOOPS REPORT: CELTIC BEAT DONS AGAIN TO GO EIGHT POINTS CLEAR IN SPL was last modified: February 1st, 2011 by gregShare 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

  • Liverpool friendly to go ahead despite England quarter-final clash

    first_img Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade possible xi Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes ALTERED LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS “We know it provides a dilemma to fans and we fully expect the crowd to be less on Saturday.“But it is important to remember that Liverpool have been very good to us with this friendly. A strong team is coming and we will keep all the gate receipts from the clash.“We have sold the tickets and received the money, so there is no loss to the football club from a business point of view really.”Harrington-Wright added that it would be “a great day” for the club “whether there is 2,000 or 4,000” people in attendance.Chester are currently in the National League North, having been relegated from the National League last season. highlights gameday Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more predicted 1 who plays? center_img How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? Liverpool’s friendly at Chester is “highly unlikely” to be changed to avoid a clash with England’s World Cup quarter-final against Sweden, the non-league club’s chairman has said.The Three Lions are preparing for a last-eight meeting with the Swedes that is set to kick off at 1500BST on Saturday – as is the friendly at the Swansway Chester Stadium. Chester chairman David Harrington-Wright was quoted by the Chester Chronicle as saying: “When the fixture was first discussed there was a possible clash with an England quarter-final in the World Cup.“We requested a kick-off change then but that was the only time Liverpool could do.“Premier League players are like racehorses and pre-season training is something that is planned to the very last detail, so a change in times would disrupt their plans.“It has been mentioned since then but it is highly unlikely to be moved. At this late stage the logistics of it would be difficult too. How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence smart causal Liverpool and Chester will have to miss England’s quarter-final NEW ERA last_img read more

  • LAUNCH OF ‘MOVING ON’ DVD IN LETTERKENNY

    first_img‘Moving On’ is a DVD of very significant short films, cartoons and documentaries devised and produced by young people with physical disabilities from all over Donegal.The DVD was launched as part of “One Donegal Cultural Diversity Month 2011″ by Mr Jim McGuiness, Manager of the Donegal Senior Football Team.The DVD highlights the capabilities and strengths of project participants and to enable the community to become more open and accepting of diversity and change. Through the magic medium of film, these future Spielbergs have been able to have their say about everything, from using their strengths, refusal to allow barriers to stand in their way, and dealing with every day challenges that face young people. Expect the unexpected, from a wrestling film, a quirky animation about aliens, to a very poignant short documentary.Amanda Doyle, Keyworker for Children, HSE Donegal Physical and Sensory Disabilities services led the “Moving On” project. She noted, “It was the motivation and the ability of the participants to think outside the box that led to the success of the project. Those involved are positive role models and advocates for all in communities that face diversity and challenges in their daily lives. They are truly inspirational!”“The ‘Moving On’ project gave opportunity to the participants to enhance personal development skills such as confidence, assertiveness and increasing their self esteem. It also enabled all the opportunity to develop public speaking skills, positive decision making and conflict resolution skills. The project was also a way of building new friendships, establishing peer support and most importantly, having fun.”The DVDs will be distributed to schools, community and youth groups and other relevant organisations for use as part of disability awareness training. For more information, please contact Amanda Doyle at 087 9912679 or emailamanda.doyle@hse.ie. LAUNCH OF ‘MOVING ON’ DVD IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: November 18th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:HSELAUNCH OF ‘MOVING ON’ DVD IN LETTERKENNYlast_img read more

  • Highlanders’ offense is finding its way

    first_img Mazzotta also singled out wide receiver Jeremy Sedaka, who had three touchdown catches and a 70-yarder nullified by penalty. Defensively, safety Matt Estrada was cited for doing an “excellent job, and has been playing so well in all of the games.” “He’s been getting better and better,” Mazzotta said. “He had an interception against Brea (Olinda), he had five big hits and blocked a punt against Buena Park. He’s so tough. He’s a playmaker, an inspiration to his teammates.” Mazzotta also singled out defenders Joel Quezada, Paul Estrada, Garrett Kiehl, Casey Rihn and Greg Francis. Rihn returned an interception for a touchdown and scored a second TD when he caught a blocked punt in the end zone. Quarterback R.J. Benedict passed for only 123 yards, but he took a big step forward with three touchdown passes and no interceptions. “He looked a little more consistent Friday night,” Mazzotta said. La Habra travels to face Sonora on Friday. Game time is 7 p.m. at La Habra High. — Roger Murray can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046, or by e-mail at roger.murray@sgvn.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The La Habra High School football team routed Buena Park 51-0 in Friday night’s Freeway League opener, and if the Highlanders’ score against a team that entered the game with a 4-1 record isn’t enough to make the rest of the league’s members take notice, maybe this will: La Habra’s offense may be awakening. “Our defense has been playing well all season,” coach Frank Mazzotta said. “It’s the offense that had been struggling. (Friday night) the offense seemed to be catching on to what we need to do.” It was only a matter of time. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Our kids may not be super talented, but their work ethic is as good as anybody and better than most,” Mazzotta said. “It really all began with the 2002 freshman team, and as seniors this season they don’t know anything else. Win league and go to the playoffs.” Mazzotta said it was most satisfying when he put in second and third stringers against Buena Park and watched them play without a drop-off in intensity. “They played some of the third quarter and all of the fourth, and they scored two touchdowns and gave up none,” Mazzotta said. “And Buena Park doesn’t have a big roster, so they were playing against a lot of their first stringers. All of our kids played really hard and that’s because they believe that’s what you do at La Habra.” Steven Ochoa, part of the trio Mazzotta has been rotating at running back, stepped up big Friday. The 190-pound junior carried 11 times for 109 yards. “He ran very hard, very fast, (and) he ran people over,” Mazzotta said. last_img read more