Eleven Security Guards Face Theft Trial In Bassa

first_imgEleven Security Guards of Loyal Protection Guard Service (LPGS) formally charged with theft of property are currently facing trial at the Buchanan City Court in Grand Bassa County.The eleven defendants are Sylvester M. Massaquoi, Mayson Scott, Jallah Luckay, Surajul N. Ndebay, Kelvin Redd and Rudolf S. David.Others are Richard Gonkerwon F. Dahn Scott, J. Emmanuel Balowoh, Victoria Paye and Arthur Konah.According to records of the court, the private prosecutor, upon oath, explained that on August 16, 2014, the defendants with criminal intent connived and entered premises of Afcons in Buchanan city and stole a number of assorted copper wires valued US$12,000.00.“The defendants converted the money into their personal use and benefit as well as unauthorized control with the sole purpose of depriving the private prosecutor of the legitimate use and benefit of the properties,” court record provides.The court, presided over by magistrate Vasco Brown, considers the alleged act by the defendants as being criminal and contravenes section 15.21 of the New Panel Law of Liberia.During the trial proceeding at the court on August 21, 2014, the private prosecutor, Edward Y. Karzon was represented by the state prosecutors. They include Buchanan City solicitor Isaac Yorcee, Assistant City Solicitor Johnson G. Tukeh, in association with Cllr Thomas Loffen and Winston Smith.Magistrate Brown then acquainted the defendants with their constitutional rights to hire lawyers of their choice and file bond, call for separate trial among others.In response to this, one of the defendants, Sylvester Massaquoi took advantage of severance trial and lawyer and the state interposed no objection because it is the defendant’s rights.The state requested the court to read the writ of arrest to the defendants to enable them ascertain their plea of “guilty or not guilty”.The defendants pleaded not guilty, thus joining issues with the state to prove her allegations leveled against them.Upon request by the state, the defendants filed a valid Criminal Appearance bond pending the trial.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

CXC launches Green Engineering syllabus

first_imgin light of shifting economic trendsIn response to socio-economic trends in the Region, the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) on Thursday introduced its Green Engineering syllabus in Guyana.The new Green Engineering syllabusSubject panel member, Dr Paulette Bynoe, at the launch of the new syllabus at the Theatre Guild, Parade Street, Kingston, stated that since the late 1980s there has been global concern about the state of the environment and so there is an obvious necessity for educational institutions to take strap of what is taught in schools and education facilities and “reorient existing subjects and introduce new ones to address issues of sustainability”.Thus, she explained that CXC established a committee, of a panel of six persons to brainstorm the existence of such a syllabus and afterward meetings were held to draft it. She posited that the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) Green Engineering subject is divided into two Units – Introduction to Green Engineering and Application of Green Engineering and Principles. These units are further segregated into modules.The modules in Unit One are Concepts and Issues; Theoretical Framework of Green Engineering and Green Engineering in Practice, while Unit Two’s modules are the Utilisation of  Sustainable Materials and Energy, Sustainable Designs and Green Engineering Solutions.Dr Bynoe stated that the topics covered in Unit One are concepts of sustainable development, sustainability and efficiency, current trends related to the utilisation of natural resources, risks in the engineering environment, consequences and challenges of engineering, the need for sustainability, principles of green engineering and sustainable issues related to product design.Whereas, topics covered in Unit Two are sustainable utilisation of materials and energy, the environmental consequences of utilising different energy sources, policies and decision-making in manufacturing and using of natural resources, principles related to design, products and infrastructure, and occupational safety and health issues related to the manufacturing of products and construction of engineering infrastructure.She pointed out that the syllabus has been designed in such a way to guarantee that the focal point is not only students’ ability to recall, but also on knowledge and comprehension, application of knowledge and practical ability.“This will allow students to really exercise their problem solving and critical thinking skills – very important for engineering – so it is not a case where a student will cram and pass the exam. We don’t need that sort of thing. The knowledge is important but we have to begin to transcend the knowledge if we are going to make a decision in the world today,” she declared, noting that the syllabus provides for lectures, research, laboratory experiments, debates, use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) and case studies.The School-Based Assessment (SBA) would account of 30 per cent of the marks while the multiple choice questions will account for 70 per cent of the marks.CXC’s Senior Assistant Registrar, Syllabus and Curriculum Development Division, Howard Campbell indicated that the Green Engineering syllabus was among those developed to respond to the changing social and economic demands of the Region to ensure the continued relevance of our products and services.He stated that while the Region has received a level of social and political independence it still has a level of economic dependence that can be reduced through entrepreneurship.“This has garnered an opportunity for CXC to rethink and rebrand our products,” he said, highlighting that over the last four years they have developed a number of syllabuses at the CAPE level, and branded them as their new generational syllabuses.Each of these syllabuses, he said, has a component that focuses on developing entrepreneur skills. They are currently being implemented across the Caribbean.“This new syllabus in Green Engineering is intended to produce citizens who will be more aware of development challenges in the Caribbean region while finding the solutions that will lead to more sustainable communities,” he said.Education Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine stated that the introduction of the Green Engineering syllabus comes at a time when the creation of a green economy has been declared a national policy and so applauded CXC for the launch in Guyana. “Green Engineering is, therefore, of immediate import and application to Guyana. The offering of a course in Green Engineering is, therefore, most timely from the standpoint of developing the manpower that is required by Guyana for the implementation of its policy of a Green Economy”.Caricom workingHe emphasised that the Caribbean Community (Caricom) has come under incessant attack about being slothful and also for its failure to implement strategies which will benefit the Region. However, Minister Roopnaraine stated that this new initiative by CXC is a clear indication that Caricom is doing something.“… very so often Caricom is castigated for its slothfulness and failure… without any accolades for its successes, like the success of the developing of a green engineering syllabus,” he argued.The Examination body, which was established in 1972, has introduced eight other “new generation” syllabuses: tourism, financial services, digital media, physical education and sport, entrepreneurship, performing arts, agricultural science and animation and game design. Animation and game design is expected to be launched in Guyana in September, with lecturers being out sourced.last_img read more

Crime-fighting officers undergo crime mapping training

first_imgThe Citizen Security Strengthening Programme (CSSP) in collaboration with the Inter American Development Bank on Thursday opened a two-day training session in the use of Geographic Information System (GIS) technology for crime mapping.Valerie Grant, GIS consultant for the CSSP projectThe training is being done at the Guyana Police Forces Training Centre, Camp Street, Georgetown, and will deal specifically with the Geographic Information System which is a useful technology and science which allows persons to understand where criminal activities are being perpetuated and conduct predictable analysis to understand the strengths and hotspots.Valerie Grant, GIS consultant for the CSSP project, related that GIS also allows a person to look at historic and recent information so that they can do strategic analysis.She stated that within the next three months, ranks will be using these new skills along with the necessary infrastructure in terms of hardware and software in their crime-fighting strategies.Grant posited that this will ensure that data is moved within departments swiftly and alluded to the capacity building which ensures the right people are in the right places.This programme serves as a pilot and will be rolled out in other regions later in the year.Dr Clement Henry, Project Manager of the CSSP, highlighted that all CSSP’s activities’ basic goal is to reduce crime and violence across the country and this initiative will take them a step further in achieving this.Dr Henry iterated that it was always the intention of CSSP to maximise the use of technology in their crime-fighting mechanism.He added that this initiative will play a key role in the use of technology in improving the type of analysis in the development of strategies and policies in crime prevention.Further, IDB’s Representative, Dr Jason Wilks said his institution is commitment to State enhancement and lauded the Government’s effort in introducing the use of technology in its Citizen Security Strengthening Programme.He said the IDB and other stakeholders including the United Nations Development Programme are committed to supporting what is already being done in Guyana in this regard.He pointed out that the IDB even as they provide the technical assistance and resource funding for the development of institutions and the acquisition of software and hardware; training and capacity building is vital in ensuring the resources obtained will be put to full use in crime-fighting.He urged the officers to make full use of the training as the knowledge gained will not become outdated but will remain with them in years to come.Meanwhile, Superintendent Shivpersaud Bacchus expressed gratitude for the much-needed training as it will help to enhance the Forces’ capabilities against the difficulties it may experience daily as they execute analytical work in solving and preventing crime.last_img read more

Top Cop calls for citizens’ cooperation

first_imgActing Police Commissioner David Ramnarine has underscored that public cooperation was critical in any investigation.He emphasised too that lack of assistance on such front would undoubtedly impede Police work.The acting Top Cop was at the time addressing the harsh criticisms levelled against the Police Force by a grieving mother over the perceived “slothfulness” in investigating the murder of her son.Acting Police Commissioner David RamnarinePinky Hutson’s 25-year-old son was killed in a murder-robbery on Mandela Avenue in early October.He was shot and robbed of a gold chain while in the company of his brother outside Wings and Things eatery.Hutson said she knew who the perpetrator was and has criticised the Police for failing to keep in contact with her on the investigation.However, Ramnarine said that the mother’s story was far from the truth, explaining that when Police attempted to reach out to her, she refused to cooperate.Ramnarine said when he saw the press report of the mother condemning the slow pace of the investigation, the Police once again reached out to her and she again refused to cooperate.“When I saw the press report, I called the officer in charge of crime A Division… I told him to go to this mother’s home and invite her to the Police Station, speak with her in the presence of other detectives, tell her you feel her pain and you feel her loss and have her cooperate with us… The detective officer did just that, and informed me that the madam indicated that she will come at her own time,” he related.Ramnarine said the detectives engaged with Hutson and she agreed to cooperate, but when they reached out to her, she said she was unavailable.“Last Friday as the detectives were setting up, the mother who promised to come to the station at 10, said she is not ready to come and that she needs another two weeks. This is the same mother who blurted out to the press that the Police are too slow in the investigation,” he stated.Ramnarine reiterated his call for the public’s cooperation in facilitating investigations.last_img read more

Fort St. John well represented on Grande Prairie ice

first_imgIn the Novice Division, two Fort St. John teams squared off against each other in the finals, with Team Megan Smith defeating Team Layton Tremblay in the ‘A’ Finals.Team Megan Smith consisted of skip Megan Smith, third Tegan Topal, second Kaci Maloney and lead Emily Hedges.In the Junior Division, Fort St. John’s Team Sterling placed second, losing in the ‘A’ finals- Advertisement –last_img

Tottenham could see some return on Lamela’s £30m price tag this season, claims Jiggins

first_imgThe Sun football journalist Paul Jiggins believes Erik Lamela could be set for a big Premier League campaign – if his pre-season campaign with Tottenham is anything to go by.The Argentine scored two goals for the north London club as they ran out 3-2 winners against MLS side Toronto FC on Wednesday night.Lamela struggled to settle in the Premier League during his first season at the club, following a £30m switch, but Jiggins claims fellow Argentine Mauricio Pochettino’s arrival could help the 22-year-old.“Lamela has got a swagger about him again,” he told Extra Time. “He’s very upbeat and positive. When I spoke to him I told him he looks the most relaxed I’ve seen him for a long while, and he attributed that to the new manager.“If he continues in the same vein as he is now, then maybe all is not lost. Daniel Levy might see some return on his £30m.”last_img read more

Jose Mourinho to manage Man United after Chelsea sacking? Coral Daily Download

first_imgCoral’s PR manager Nicola McGeady joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.All the talk is about Jose Mourinho and Chelsea after the Portuguese boss was axed by the Blues and McGeady looks at where the ‘Special One’ could end up next.She says Mourinho is expected to remain in England and it is 6/4 for him to be the next Manchester United manager.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports BreakfastHere’s the latest reaction to Jose Mourinho’s sacking on talkSPORT…Exclusive – Guus Hiddink the ‘perfect’ choice to take over from Jose Mourinho as Chelsea boss, says Ray Wilkins‘A great manager with people skills’ – Ex-Chelsea winger Bolo Zenden backs Guus Hiddink to replace Jose MourinhoMourinho sacked by Chelsea – ‘Performances have SHAMED club. Jose had to go,’ admits Jason CundyChelsea technical director Michael Emenalo: A ‘palpable discord’ with players led to Jose Mourinho’s dismissalChelsea FC: Jose Mourinho’s sacking was due to a ‘historic’ issue with the board, says Neil Ashtonlast_img read more

Arsenal target admits he is keen on move… to Paris Saint-Germain!

first_img Nabil Fekir [right] celebrates a Lyon goal 1 Arsenal target Nabil Fekir has admitted he is attracted to the prospect of playing for Paris Saint-Germain.The Lyon winger has been absent for nearly all of this season after suffering a cruciate knee injury back in September.But the 22-year-old is closing in on a comeback and it has reignited talk that he could leave this summer.Fekir scored 15 goals last season and Arsenal have been tracking the Frenchman, but he has now revealed that PSG may lure him away form Lyon“We will soon study the situation at the end of the season,” said Fekir. “But it is true that it would be difficult to leave having played so little.“My future will depend on my performances in the next two months but also the possible qualification of Lyon in the Champions League.“PSG? Of course they are also a very attractive club. But, for the moment, I am at Lyon, and I am happy.”last_img read more


first_imgA Ramelton rugby fan has become a one-woman tourist machine to promote the links of one of the world’s most famous sportsmen and her home village.Marie Sweeney has armed herself with 5,000 brochures to tell all of New Zealand about the links between the Donegal and All Blacks legend Dave Gallaher.The well-known Ramelton woman is a bit of an expert on Dave Gallaher and his connection with Donegal. And she is hoping the brochures will encourage tourists from New Zealand to flock to Donegal thanks to the informative brochure.The brochure, which was co-ordinated by Sharp Design, tells the entire story of the boy who left Donegal as a five year old to become the first captain of the world’s most famous rugby team.The brochure also includes a list of well-known Donegal companies and sporting organisations including McDaid’s Football Special and The Bridge Bar.Marie said “There is such a great story to be told and I think the people of New Zealand, where Dave is a real hero, will want to know all about Ramelton. “I plan to go out there and tell as many people about the connections between the two countries as possible,” she said.DONEGAL WOMAN ON MISSION TO TELL NEW ZEALAND ABOUT OUR SPECIAL ‘SECRET’ was last modified: September 28th, 2011 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:DAVE GALLAHERMARIE SWEENEYRAMLETONlast_img read more

Everton fan jailed for attacking Lyon players while holding toddler in his arms

first_imgAn Everton fan has been jailed for eight weeks after attacking opposition players while holding his toddler in his arms sucking a dummy.Snarling Michael Fitzpatrick was seen holding his three-year-old son in one arm, dummy in mouth, and using his other to grapple or punch at opposition players during a Europa League tie between Everton and Lyon last October.Footage of the incident went viral as Fitzpatrick was seen carrying the child among other fans pulling and throwing punches as players grappled near the touchline at Goodison Park.The 30-year-old, from Derby Square, Prescot, Merseyside, later said he felt “ashamed” by his behaviour and feared his ex will ban access to their children.Fitzpatrick was jailed for eight weeks after he pleaded guilty to assault, when he appeared at the Community Justice Centre in Bootle, on May 23, Merseyside Police said.He was also given a six-year football banning order due to the serious aggravating factor of the assault taking place while holding a child.Superintendent Dave Charnock, of Merseyside Police, said: “The majority of fans went to the game to enjoy it for what it was – a football match between two passionate clubs.“The police will not tolerate the selfish and idiotic actions of a few attempting to spoil a game of football that the vast majority of people went along to enjoy.“We will continue to work closely with all of our local clubs to make matches safe and enjoyable occasions for everyone, and ensure that we look to prosecute anyone who commits this type of behaviour.”“Fitzpatrick will now will have a criminal record and the consequences of this in the future could be significant.”The incident happened during the second half of the first leg with the home side trailing visitors Lyon.Toffees skipper Ashley Williams’ push on goalkeeper Anthony Lopes ignited a heated confrontation between several Everton and Lyon players which continued off the pitch and in front of the Howard Kendall Gwladys Street End.Everton banned Fitzpatrick for life from the ground.Callum McCready, 19, of Four Acre Lane, Clock Face, St Helens, was also charged with assault in connection with the incident and was given a caution.Daniel Herbert, 30, of Ashbourne Crescent, Roby, pleaded not guilty to common assault and will stand trial in June. 1last_img read more