A ten year old boy, identified as Mustapha Morris, has been reported missing from his West Point residence since April 10.Asata Fahnbulleh, 38, the mother of the missing child, told the Daily Observer that young Morris left their home for prayer at a nearby mosque and has not been seen since.“We have searched all around the community and even beyond, including homes of relatives and friends, but he is nowhere to be found,” she lamented. She explained that Morris is a K-1 student in the community. “He has always stayed at home and I have never had any problem with him,” Ms. Fahnbulleh also known as Old Lady, said. “We have informed the police in West Point and other police depots about his disappearance,” the mother said.Mustapha’s father, Mamadi Morris, who lives in Gbarnga, Bong County, has been informed of his son’s disappearance.Ms. Fahnbuleh has meanwhile appealed to Monrovians to notify the nearest police station or officer whenever they come into contact with any child who seems to have lost his way. Ms. Fahnbulleh could not describe the clothes her son had on when she last saw him. She said she is so confused about her boy’s disappearance and she has been weeping for him since he went missing.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Failure of government to prosecute 10 persons, eight of whom are former officials of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) and the other two a former member of the House of Representatives and a secretary of the Liberian Senate, implicated in a US$120,400 “bribery scandal” were last Friday declared free of all charges against them by Criminal Court ‘C,’ at the Temple of Justice.Those officials who were declared free last Friday included Mr. Clemenceau Urey, Sr., former Chairman, NOCAL Board of Directors, and former board members Stephen B. Dunbar Jr., Peter B. Jallah Jr., Evelyn Kandakai and Albert T. Chie.Others are NOCAL’s former CEO Dr. Fodee Kromah, Fulton Reeves, Comptroller and Timothy G. Wiapiah, former Senior Accountant. Alomiza Ennos Barr, former member of the 52nd Legislature and J. Nanborlor Singbe Sr., Secretary of the Liberian Senate were also released of any charges.The Prosecution claimed that those individuals between the periods of May 2006 and May 2007, allegedly engaged in the solicitation of payments and receipt of money in the amount of US$120,400 for the ratification by the 52nd National Legislature of oil contracts entered into by NOCAL and several oil companies.It was based on those allegations that government charged them with multiple crimes, which included economic sabotage, criminal conspiracy and bribery of which GOL sought the court’s intervention to convict the defendants.To the disappointment of the prosecution, Judge Peter Gbeneweleh last Friday dismissed the charges, stating that “the state failed to commence prosecution of the defendants within the statutory period of five years, as provided for in Section 4.2 (a) of the Criminal Procedure Law.”It stipulates that “a prosecution for a felony must commence within five years after the alleged offenses had been committed.”Judge Gbeneweleh further ruled that “the prosecution of the defendants is barred by a statute of limitation,” declaring, “the request to dismiss the indictment (charge) is hereby granted and government’s resistance is denied.” He further declared that the defendants were discharged from further answering to the offenses. Judge Gbeneweleh proceeded to instruct the Sheriff of the court to return the bail bond of the defendants.Prior to Judge Gbeneweleh’s action, the defense team asked him to dismiss the allegations brought against them, arguing that since their clients were indicted from 2006 to 2007, government had failed to prosecute them, which, according to the lawyers, barred the defendants from answering to the offenses, citing Section 4.2 (a) of the Criminal Procedure Law as their legal backing. They also argued that government began prosecuting them in February 2015, almost three years beyond the five year statutory period which the lawyers contended was illegal.However, state lawyers in their counter argument said they were entitled to commence prosecution up to ten years after the commission of the offenses, which is up to May 2017.They further contended that the General Auditing Commission’s (GAC) findings on which the defendants were charged were not sufficient to commence prosecution.“We are going to prosecute them after the completion of an independent investigation to confirm that there were enough [grounds] to commence the prosecution,” they said during their argument.Judge Gbeneweleh in his ruling pointed out that Section 4.2 (a) was clear and unambiguous and could not be subject to any other interpretation or application.“We therefore disagree with the prosecutors’ argument that it had up to ten years to commence the prosecution,” he noted, adding that “the court says if the legislature had intended to provide the prosecutors with 10 years in which to commence prosecution, it would have provided it under the law. As such, the court does not have any authority to legislate.”Further to the ruling, Judge Gbeneweleh said, “We also disagree with state lawyers’ argument that it can commence prosecution only after the completion of its investigation.”According to him, the government had more than one year from April 20 to May 31, 2012, to have conducted its investigation.“The prosecutors’ reliance on Section 4.3 is also misplaced, because that law does not permit a prosecution of offenses after the expiration of the five year period mandated in Section 4.2 (a),” he emphasized. “It cannot be applied in the instance when the prosecution discovery of the commission of the offenses occurred after the expiration of the five year period.”Delving into the ruling, the Judge added, “It is not applicable in the case because, prosecution said it had received actual notice of the commission of the offences on April 20, 2011, which was before the expiration of the five year, period in May 2012.”“Therefore,” he said, “the prosecution should have either obtained an indictment or had the defendants arrested before the end of May 2012, either of which would have commenced the prosecution, as defined by Section 4.7 (A) and 4.7 (B) of the Criminal Procedure Law.”He went on, “We also disagree with the prosecution that Section 4.4 of the Criminal Procedure Law can be utilized to prosecute the defendants, though Section 4.4 does not permit a prosecution of offenses after the expiration of the five year period mandated by Section 4.2 (a).”To conclude his ruling, Judge Gbeneweleh said, “Since the government had obtained actual knowledge of the alleged commission of the offenses in 2011, they had more than one year to have commenced the prosecution of the defendants prior to the expiration of the statute of limitation in May 2012.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
– despite Education Ministry’s decision to withdraw VAT on educationSeveral parents of the Mae’s Schools have voiced their concerns in light of the institution’s decision to raise its fees.While some parents were informed of the hike in the rates, others indicated that they were unaware of this decision.One concerned parent, who spoke to Guyana Times on Thursday afternoon, indicated that she was uninformed of the increase, adding “…but I wouldn’t be okay with that”.Meanwhile, some parents who were made aware of the fee increase were also not in agreement with it.A concerned parent explained that he was given a notice a few days ago that the fees were to be increased by 33 per cent and 25 per cent respectively for nursery and primary levels.As such, he said he would appreciate some explanation so as to justify the magnitude by which these increases were necessary, referring to it as “bewildering” and questioned the possibilities of further increases in the future.Since the school’s financial performance is also unknown, given its status in the law books, the disturbed parent also related that he could not determine whether or not the institution needed this increase in revenue in order to prevent it from going under. When looked at from an economic standpoint, the size of the increase cannot be justified.Furthermore, the timing of the increase was rather alarming, given the fact that the current Government of Guyana had rescinded the Value Added Tax (VAT) of 14 per cent on school fees, after an outcry from affected parents.When Guyana Times tried to contact the head teacher and owner of Mae’s Schools to justify why the increase was necessary, she was unavailable to give a comment and indicated that the publication will be contacted to address this issue. However, this was not done.Meanwhile, parents who are bothered about the sudden increase in rates are calling for some clarifications on their concerns.
UG Medical School re-accreditationStudents of the School of Medicine of the University of Guyana (UGSM) who completed their programmes during the period the school had lost its accreditation have nothing to fear, as their certificates are valid.UG Registrar,Dr Nigel GravesandeUG Registrar Dr Nigel Gravesande told Guyana Times on Monday that students — including those graduating with the Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine over the last couple of years — were being tested to see if they satisfy the requirements to graduate.“Students who graduated from the School of Medicine would have satisfied the academic requirement to be awarded the Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine, and that has not changed,” he told Guyana Times in an invited comment.When the school had lost its accreditation in 2015, both local and international students had become concerned that their certificates would not be recognised outside the country.The University reported last week that it was recently accorded Accreditation for four years, from 2017-2021, by the Jamaica-based Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions (CAAM-HP).The decision to grant re-accreditation was made during the July 2017 meeting of CAAM-HP.According to the University of Guyana, re-accreditation of the Medical School, located in the Faculty of Health Sciences of the Turkeyen campus, followed a site visit to UG in November 2016 by a team of evaluators from CAAM-HP, who conducted a comprehensive re-evaluation of the teaching/learning facilities available at the School. The team also met with the various administrative sections of the University, and with medical students.UG Vice Chancellor, Professor Ivelaw Griffith, has congratulated the faculty, students and staff of the School of Medicine. He said the School’s re-accreditation was a “signally important decision”, and expressed appreciation to personnel and students of the School.“This investment of time and resources by the University in the re-accreditation of the School of Medicine is a tribute to the entire University, and it strengthens our brand overall as we pursue ‘Project Renaissance’,” he said.He added that a substantial amount of time and money would be required to complete the needed enhancement of the flagship programme.Similar sentiments were echoed by Director of the School, Dr Ronald Aaron, who emphasised that the accreditation was a result of “community effort” and said, “Now the real work begins.”President of the University of Guyana Medical Students’ Association, Shafali Milton, expressed pride at the role played by the students in the eventual outcome.“The road to regain our status as a regionally accredited medical school was filled with countless challenges. However, we in the student body were undaunted, and did everything in our power to assist. We are elated at the result of hard work from both the administration and the student body…”Milton said the UGSM has regained its position as a prestigious institution in the Caribbean, one with which the current students as well as its alumni can be proud to be associated.“We look forward to new endeavours, as the journey continues,” she said.The Medical School was established as a Medical Practitioners programme in 1985 in the Faculty of Health Sciences. It entailed four years of medical training and two years of internship.This was upgraded in 1990 to a five-year programme followed by a one-year internship.
Roma striker Edin Dzeko has snubbed interest from Sunderland Edin Dzeko has cooled talk of a move to Sunderland by expressing his desire to deliver the goods for Roma this season.The Bosnian joined the Italian club from Manchester City last summer but he managed just ten goals during his debut campaign.That sparked rumours the striker was ready to return to England after just 12 months, with Sunderland keen.However, the 30-year-old has dismissed those claims by promising to show Roma fans what he has to offer during his second season in Italy.“It was my first season in Italy and I had to adapt and that’s why it was a little bit more difficult than perhaps everyone expected,” Dzeko told Roma’s official website.“I think now I am ready for the new season. Last year I did not have pre-season with the team, I didn’t have a lot of friendly games before the season, which made things more difficult for me.“Now I’m here from the beginning, which is very important for me. At the moment I feel good and I want to continue with the good work.“My second season? It’s always better! The Italian league is more defensive than all the other leagues, and that is perhaps why it is more difficult for us strikers.” 1
Country star Nathan Carter has revealed how Daniel O’Donnell has helped him break America.The country star’s first American tour started this weekend and he’s been preparing for it for many months, including airing a TV show on PBS that he had filmed in Dublin last Christmas.Carter admitted that O’Donnell, who is on his own world tour, had “very kindly” spread the word of Carter’s tour and the pair will be travelling around the States together. He wrote: “My friend Daniel O’Donnell has very kindly been helping me to spread the word on his own current tour in that part of the world.“We are going to be travelling around the US and Canada for three weeks in September, playing places like Detroit, Iowa City, Louisville, Pittsburgh and Boston.”Carter also mentioned that O’Donnell had called him up to tell him to record a short video about his September tour which he could play during the intermission of O’Donnell’s shows.The singer said: “That had been a great help in spreading the word over there, so needless to say I appreciate everything Daniel is doing for me on that front.” Nathan Carter – Daniel helped me break America was last modified: June 8th, 2017 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)
Danny Drinkwater Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater has been ruled out for the rest of the season. The England international has suffered a thigh strain and will miss the Foxes’ final three matches, starting at Manchester City on Saturday. But he is likely to be available for the Three Lions’ World Cup qualifier in Scotland and friendly against France in June – although has pulled out of the last three squads through injury.Drinkwater picked up a knock in training last Friday, coming off as a precaution in last week’s 3-0 win over Watford, and is expected to be out for around four weeks. Boss Craig Shakespeare said: “Drinkwater has a thigh strain, I don’t expect him to play again this season.“He has had niggles with a hip flexor and this injury is a different complexion. We need to give him time to recover from this.“He had a scan and it is a grade one (strain). We need to give him time to get over it but it’s weeks rather than months.”Drinkwater’s injury adds to Shakespeare’s growing injury problems with Robert Huth also struggling to face City and Nampalys Mendy sidelined after ankle surgery. Wes Morgan is also out as he has failed to recover from the hamstring injury which has forced him to miss the last three games. “Huth has a foot injury, he didn’t train today and went for a scan. We’ll get the results this evening but he’s a doubt for this Saturday,” said Shakespeare.“Wes is not going to be fit, it’s slower than I anticipated and I don’t want to rush him. He’s the type of player and trainer who has not missed many games and it’s taken him longer than he thought.“If he’s ready for the last two games then fine but if not he will not be rushed.”The Foxes secured Premier League survival by beating Watford and could finish in the top 10 after battling relegation for most of the season.Shakespeare added: “I want to finish as high as possible, the players want to finish as high as possible and to do that we still need that drive and determination.” 1
U13 BOYS Division 3 SHIELD FINAL: The boys played Glenswilly in Glenswilly on Sunday in the final, final score Glenswilly 3-07 Urris 2-05.Hard luck boys but a great achievement in reaching a final. Thanks to all the boys for the effort given of late and to Barney Friel, Adrian Doherty, Sean Mc Daid & Donal Kelly for all their hard work with this team. After the game Donegal captain Michael Murphy came into the Urris dressing room and said he was very impressive with this team and told them to keep up the effort as they move to U14 next year.MATCH”N” WIN: November 12th: No jackpot winner——–numbers drawn: 7, 14, 19 & 23. €15 winners:Caoimhe Doherty, Middletown, Malin Head.Sammy Harkin, Urris.Nathan Doherty, Corvish, Carndonagh.Kathleen, Elisha & Caitlin, C/o Bingo.Fearghal Harkin, Annaugh.Jackpot next week €2,180. Thanks to all our lotto sellers and to all who support the club in this weekly draw.UNDER AGE TRAINING: U6, U8 & U10 Training: Training for U6 & U8 (2016 season) resumes this Friday, Nov 20th in Clonmany Community Centre. Astro for U8 and inside for U6 at 5.30 to 6.30pm. €2 per child please contact Nichola Donaghey for more details on 0866030736.U10 Boys & Girls: Also, training for both resumes this Saturday, Nov 21st at 11 am to 12 noon in the Clonmany Community Centre on astro. €2 per week. Please contact Siobhan Devlin and Danny Kelly for more details. More help is required as our numbers are very big so if anyone can spare a free hour please let any of the coaches know. CLUB MERCHANDISE: Club Merchandise for Christmas: With Christmas just weeks away—-see our club merchandise on our facebook page, which can now be ordered. Shown is under age but can be ordered for adults too. Get your orders in to Nichola on 0866030736.BINGO: Bingo every Thursday night in St. Mary’s Hall, Clonmany at 9pm. Please bring a family friend along.DATE FOR THE DIARY: Under age presentations in the Strand Hotel on Friday December 4th and Club AGM on Sunday December 6th. Any motions for the AGM to Club Secretary, David Hession by Friday November 27th:GAA NEWS: DISAPPOINTMENT FOR URRIS U13’S AS THEY LOSE COUNTY FINAL was last modified: November 16th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAASport
SCORES of families in the Conwal area just outside Letterkenny have had their power reurned after three hours in darkness.ESB emergency crews arrived in the area to carry out repairs just minutes after the outage.It’s thought damage may have been caused to overhead cables during a lightening storm in the early hours of this morning, but that the power only failed in the past hour. A donegaldaily.com reader told us “The power came back on just after 10.30pm. Luckily we had candles and torches.“The worst thing is not knowing when the power was going to come back. It was very difficult to find out from anybody.”© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comBREAKING NEWS: ELECTRICITY RETURNED TO SCORES OF HOMES AFTER POWER FAILURE was last modified: November 25th, 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:Co DonegalconwalESBletterkennypower cut
Jason Witten on ‘MNF’ — Grade his performanceA — He was great. Witten’s got gameB — He was pretty good, for a rookieC — He was OK, but won’t make the highlight reelD — Yikes. He needs lots of workF — Fumble! ESPN made a big mistakeVoteView Results Take Our Poll Monday was a brutal night for Oakland Raiders fans as Act 2 of the Jon Gruden era got off to a rocky start with a second-half flop and an ugly loss to the Los Angeles Rams.In an interesting juxtaposition, Gruden’s ESPN replacement — …