Masons Academy Graduates 15 in Criminal Justice

first_imgFifteen persons including six officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP), were recently awarded certificates in the area of criminal justice system. The certification follows six weeks of intensive training.The six-week training was offered by the Masons Criminal Justice Academy.The ceremony was held in the auditorium of the Pamela Kay High School in Red Hill Field, Virginia outside of Monrovia.The Academy,   according to Mr. Morris Brown, director of program, is in the process of attaining accreditation from the National Commission on Higher Education at the Ministry of Education.He also told the gathering that the school provides basic and fundamental of the criminal justice system.He said, the program’s lecturers were graduates of the Masons Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, based in the United States of America.According to him, the institution established in 2005, is mainly intended to encourage, promote, organize and facilitate research training, peace education, advocacy lecture and debates in all criminal justice related subjects.Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, David Fayiah, joint police commander in the Virginia’s settlement challenged the graduates to utilize the skills and knowledge they acquired during the six-week training.He said the program exposed him to several criminal justice issues he did not learn when he was at the Liberia National Police Academy.“We were taught in court proceeding as a criminal justice actors.”“The training has prepared me to further my study in criminal justice at the AME Zion University,” Fayiah said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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New CEO of GPL was upfront and straight

first_imgDear Editor,I compliment the new Guyana Power and Light (GPL) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Albert Gordon, for being upfront and straight with the Guyanese people about the company’s drive to upgrade its capacity and service.As an expatriate professional contracted to enhance GPL’s service and build up consumers’ confidence, Gordon boldly stated that this will take time, so no one should have unrealistic expectations. It was an honest and proper way to start.The new CEO seems well qualified and talented, and he has hit the ground running. All Guyanese should give him a chance to improve GPL and transform the nation’s power-generation sector, which is vitally important to our economy, our income, and our future.I am sure he and the GPL Board are contemplating a new system of power generation that uses fuel or petroleum by-products from Guyana’s new oil and gas sector. I am no specialist in oil and gas, and I know there will be costs and other challenges, but nothing is impossible; where there’s a will there’s a way.GPL and Guyana must invest with the future in mind. I hope GPL’s plan of action under Gordon is to bring us more local inputs for power generation, especially Guyana’s oil or gas or petroleum by-products when they become available, which should be directly accessible and below world market prices.As a patriot who loves Guyana, I encourage the new CEO to be strong and steadfast in guiding GPL to new heights using more local inputs. As they usually do, many will try to break the CEO’s heart and willpower, but I trust that he will withstand the pressure.To him I say: stay strong, brother! Help the people of Guyana to get high quality power-generation service. I know your difficulties, corruption being the main challenge; but I know also that among GPL’s workers, managers and administrators, there are great people who will help you achieve your goals.However, please be aware of, and be on the lookout for, some employees and contractors who are dishonest, a situation that exists on a massive scale in this country.Anything can happen, but the first public pronouncements by GPL’s new CEO caused me to think that the company’s management is in good hands. I expect nothing less than a new approach and significantly improved service during his tenure.Sincerely,Roshan Khan Snrlast_img read more

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Driver in deadly Agricola crash granted $500,000 bail

first_imgDanion Welcome, the driver of the truck that claimed the life of 7-year-old Ciara Benjamin at Agricola, today (Wednesday) made an appearance at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court to answer the charge of causing death by dangerous driving.Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan read the charge which stated that on June 1, 2019 at Agricola Public Road, Georgetown, he drove motor lorry GWW 962 in a manner dangerous to the public causing the death of Benjamin.Danion WelcomeThe 39-year-old man appeared before Chief Magistrate McLennan and pleaded not guilty to the charge and was granted $500,000 bail. He will make his next court appearance on September 23.Welcome was instructed to lodge his passport with the Court and report every Friday to the Officer in charge at the Ruimveldt Police Station, until the hearing and determination of the trial. His drivers’ license was also suspended for the duration of the Court proceedings.Ciara Benjaminlast_img read more

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RB man guilty of role in $80 million fraud case

first_imgObtaining loans to buy American-produced goods for export, the defendants instead shared the money and shipped nearly worthless items overseas to the brokers, who worked in collusion with them, Cogan said. They falsified loan- and export-shipping documents to make it look like they had shipped the goods being financed and then defaulted on the loans in the Philippines, Cogan said. “That triggered the Export-Import Bank to pay claims by the banks whose loans we had guaranteed,” Cogan said. “The buyers, the exporters and the broker shared the proceeds of their fraud.” Ex-Im Bank staff uncovered the fraud plot and handed it over to the Department of Justice to prosecute. The FBI and U.S. Postal Inspection Service also investigated. Of the five U.S. citizens who have pleaded guilty, four were exporters and one was a freight-forwarder. Each has agreed to a prison sentence of up to 40 years and to forfeit cash or property, authorities said. Pleading guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States and mail fraud were Daniel Curran, 52, of Boynton Beach, Fla.; Edward Chua, 55, of Montebello; and David Villongco, 51, of San Mateo. Fremont resident Robert Delgado, 46, pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy and mail fraud charges. Also charged are Marilyn G. Ong, 51, and her nephew Ildefonso Ong Jr., 43, of Manila. “It’s possible more people will be charged in addition to the two that are being sought in the Philippines,” Cogan said. “We are not through with this investigation.” larry.altman@dailybreeze.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Larry Altman STAFF WRITER A Redondo Beach man has pleaded guilty in a conspiracy to defraud the Export-Import Bank of the United States of $80 million, authorities said Friday. Jaime Galvez, 51, was among eight people charged in the plot that involved the fraudulent sale and shipment of U.S. exports to the Philippines. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“The maximum penalty for the charges that have been made is 40 years,” bank spokesman Phil Cogan said. “It’s not a career-enhancing move for any of these people that were charged.” During proceedings Oct. 5 in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., Galvez pleaded guilty to destroying or concealing records in a criminal investigation and committing perjury. Christina Song, 49, of Whittier was charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States and mail fraud that same day. The scheme involved obtaining loans from the Ex-Im Bank, an independent U.S. government agency that helps finance the export of American products to foreign countries. It offers export credit insurance, loan guarantees and direct loans. “Our mission is to help create U.S. jobs by supporting sales to developing countries,” Cogan said. “We use the taxpayers’ backing. We don’t like losing the taxpayers’ money.” last_img read more

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MAN WHO THREW BAR-STOOL AT BARMAID FINED €500

first_imgA man who hit a barmaid with a barstool at a Letterkenny pub has been ordered to pay €500 to Donegal Women’s Domestic Violence unit.Declan McKenna threw stool at barmaid.Declan McKenna admitted carrying out the offense at the Wolfe Tone Bar at Lower Main Street on February 9th last. McKenna, who is in his 40s and from Augher in Co Tyrone, represented himself when he appeared at Letterkenny District Court yesterday.The accused, who is a farmer and a painter, told the court that there was “too much alcohol on the scene” while he was out on a friend’s stag party in the town.The court heard that the barmaid was hit with the stool but was not hurt.Judge Paul Kelly said he did not think that McKenna was taking the incident seriously.“A lot of people have lot of alcohol but don’t throw barstools at female bar staff. These are serious charges but I don’t think you are taking them very seriously,” said the Judge.He fined McKenna the €500 he had put up as bail after he was arrested and ordered it to be given to the women’s charity.And he warned McKenna “You are lucky the bar lady wasn’t hurt. Be careful the next time you are in Letterkenny.”MAN WHO THREW BAR-STOOL AT BARMAID FINED €500 was last modified: February 24th, 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:bar stoolDeclan McKennadonegalLetterkenny District CourtthrewWolfe Tone Barlast_img read more

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DRUMKEEN UNITED TARGETED BY VANDALS

first_imgVANDALS have wrecked Drumkeen United football club.One man has been arrested after pitches were wrecked, nets broken and other equipment destroyed in the incident which is set to cost the club thousands of euro.A summer scheme at the club will go ahead, officials said this morning. Gardai believe the attack took place around 4am this morning and are continuing their investigations.DRUMKEEN UNITED TARGETED BY VANDALS was last modified: July 14th, 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) Tags:drumkeen unitedlast_img read more

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Raiders’ Benson Mayowa, J.J. Nelson inactive vs. Colts

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS — The Raiders will go into their Week 4 game against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday without their sack leader as well as the speed receiver they are counting on to open up the offense.Defensive end Benson Mayowa, was listed as a full participant in practice Friday after being limited with a knee injury the previous day, was inactive against the Colts, as was wide receiver J.J. Nelson.Nelson had an ankle injury that kept him out of a Week 2 game against Kansas City but was not on …last_img

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Sarah Baartman to be honoured

first_img27 February 2009 South Africa is to honour Sarah Baartman – who was displayed as a sideshow attraction in 19th century Europe under the name “Hottentot Venus” – by establishing a centre of remembrance, human rights memorial and Khoi-San Heritage Route in the Eastern Cape. Return to South Africa Her grave has since been declared a national heritage site. Dunlop persuaded her to travel with him to England, where she was captured as a slave and became the object of racism and exploitation. Sarah Baartman On 9 August 2002, on South Africa’s Women’s Day, the remains of Sarah Baartman were finally laid to rest at Hankey, the area of her birth near the Gamtoos River Valley in the Eastern Cape Province. The department will also host a series of events, including an academic colloquium at the University of the Western Cape that will focus on issues such as gender oppression, de-humanisation and objectification of women, stereotyping, racism and genocide. When she died, her body landed under the knife of Baron Cuvier, the leading French anatomist of the day. He had her body cast in wax, dissected and her skeleton articulated. Her genitalia and brain were preserved in a bottle and displayed at the Museum of Mankind in Paris until as recently as 1974. She was forced to publicly display her unusual physical features and was subsequently displayed as a scientific curiosity. Her physical characteristics, while not unusual for Khoisan women, were larger than normal to Europeans. Sarah Baartman, a South African Khoi-San woman, was born in 1789 and worked as a slave in Cape Town, where she was discovered by doctor from a British ship, William Dunlop. However, a year after the democratic elections in 1994, the new South African government initiated talks with Paris for her remains to be returned. Baartman was later moved to Paris where she continued to be exhibited by an animal trainer in degrading displays for public amusement. The Department of Arts and Culture is to open the sites in March to acknowledge the trials and tribulations of Sarah Baartman and the role that South Africa’s Khoisan people played in the struggle against colonialism and apartheid. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Beck’s invites guests to research facility during FSR

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest While you’re at this year’s Farm Science Review, it might be worth you time to stop by and visit the new Beck’s facilities, just east of The Molly Caren Ag Center. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins ran into Sonny Beck at Farm Science Review and learned more about the research and growth at Beck’s.last_img

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Energy Is Only One Part of the Building Inspector’s World

first_imgRecently a Green Building Advisor blog post made some statements about the building inspector that, in my opinion, maligned the profession and were unwarranted. It occurred to me that if a professional peer could make such a faux pas, perhaps I should clarify the role that building inspectors play in assuring energy efficiency in buildings.Building codes cover safety, sanitation, structural integrity, AND energy efficiencyBuilding inspectors enforce laws that cover everything from flagpoles to communications towers; hunting cabins to high-rise buildings; single-family homes to high schools, hospitals, and NFL football stadiums.Inspectors enforce codes that cover architectural, fire, and life safety, means of egress, as well as all types of structural materials and conditions for each of these types of building elements. Building inspectors enforce each trade applied to a building: plumbing, electrical, mechanical, fuel gas, and other types of installations. They are certified by examination to demonstrate proficiency in each skill set. An inspector has more than a dozen model code books in his library; some of these are over 900 pages long. Except for the maps and tables, the energy provisions of the IRC are a mere six pages long.But that is just the easy part—the prescriptive element—of their jobBecause building codes can never predict the circumstances in each and every construction project, building inspectors must use judgment in _applying_ the code. They achieve judgment through years of enforcing the code and considering the _intent_ behind a requirement. Because the code is updated every three years, the spirit of the law is just as valid as the letter of the law. With judgment and experience, inspectors work with builders to achieve the intent of the prescriptive parts of the code.What exactly is the legal nature of the code?The code is never law unless some jurisdiction (city, county, town, or state) adopts it by reference. There are normally amendments that the inspector must be aware of—changes from that model code. The nature of this law is that the building official (the building inspector’s boss) has some latitude to apply the code instead of always enforcing the letter of the law (see Are Green Building Materials Approved by the Building Code? ). So, when someone claims that the energy code requires the use of R-38 in the ceiling, that may be true, generally, but it could be false if there is a circumstance where a similar method or material meets the intent of the code. Much of the IECC is written in performance language, not prescriptive. There is no “all or nothing” in any building code! There are only shades of gray.It’s not always possible (or practical) to meet the prescriptive elements of the codeNow, let’s look at why the building official has all of that latitude. Builders cannot always meet the prescriptive elements of the code in every circumstance, so the code allows the building official flexibility in interpreting the code. Imagine a contractor renovating a small building with 2×8 rafters. How can the builder comply with the R-38 requirement? By changing the rafter sizing? By finding insulation that fits in a 7-inch cavity while still allowing for ventilation (another code requirement)?Let’s say the contractor researches the options and finds a product that the manufacturer is willing to stand behind for code compliance—maybe some type of spray foam. The contractor installs the spray foam and then is rejected by the inspector. How will the contractor react? Will he be forced to remove the foam? How, and at what cost? Will the framing need to change? At what cost? Think about the cost of embodied energy and waste disposal if a hard line is drawn for compliance in a circumstance like this. Or the contractor could visit with the building official and talk about options. “What can I do to satisfy the intent of the code requirement?” he may ask. The building official is likely to accept something like this one time only from a contractor if some additional proof is provided. Why? Because that same building official is using discretion to accept an alternative means of obtaining the intent of the code requirement.He or she probably attends code hearings and understands how these codes are developed.The process for code development is a lot like sausage makingRepresentatives from several interest groups, including building safety professionals, builders, designers, manufacturers, standards developing organizations, and energy enthusiasts, come together in a public hearing with thousands of proposals to change the codes. Some of these proposals are passed and others are not. Arguments made during public testimony give building officials insight into the true intent of a code section and an idea about fairly applying the code in future circumstances like the above scenario. They listen, they learn and they grow professionally in an effort to give the public the best possible decision.The International Code Council (ICC) has developed the best building safety platform in human history. Think of the natural calamities around the world that can devastate a nation (think Haiti). Then consider the same-size natural event in the United States. There is no comparison. We have the world’s best code. In fact, I just returned from Libya, where I was helping that country develop a building code; Libyans currently have none at all.As a building official, I’m always glad to help!last_img read more

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