Is it now becoming a clear defiance of Criminal Court ‘C’s’ ruling, which instructed the Government of Liberia to deport convicted Ugandan, Shirat Nalwadda, to serve her four-year imprisonment in her home country.The Court’s ruling has not been effected after nearly two months since said ruling was handed down.Ms. Nalwadda is still incarcerated at the Monrovia Central Prison, a source close to her told the Daily Observer.The Court in April sentence Nalwadda, after jurors rendered her guilty of unlawful possession, trafficking and distribution of narcotic drugs in the country.Immediately, Judge Blamo Dixon ordered the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) to have her deported from Liberia through diplomatic channels to serve her sentence in the Republic of Uganda.His decision was seriously questioned by the government’s lawyers, who demanded that she stay in the country and serve her prison term.They argued that they lacked the money to underwrite the cost of sending Nalwadda back to her homeland.However, lawyers seeking her deportation alleged that it has been close to two months following the Judge’s verdict, and the State has failed to send her back to her homeland.They argued that the government‘s action was deliberate and in total defiance of the Court.“Despite repeated attempts to have her deported, the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) is still reluctant [to do] so,” one lawyer, who spoke with the Daily Observer under condition of anonymity, alleged.According to him, personal initiatives by the defense to raise money to help government send Nalwadda back home have failed to yield any fruitful results.He could not say how much money had been raised so far since launching the initiative to repatriate the defendant to Uganda.“We don’t know what to do now; we have left everything in the care of government. Let them decide the fate of Shirat,” he said.In the court ruling, Judge Dixon declared: “Defendant Nalwadda is hereby adjudged guilty of the said crime, and she is hereby further sentenced to imprisonment for the period of four consecutive years with immediate effect.”He further declared “she is also hereby ordered to be deported from Liberia through diplomatic channels to serve her sentence in the Republic of Uganda.”According to Judge Dixon, the evidence produced by the prosecution before the court established the guilt of the defendant beyond all reasonable doubt.Defendant Shirat Nalwadda, a native of Uganda was arrested by state security at the Roberts International Airport on November 30, 2013 with 1.2 kilograms of heroin allegedly found in her luggage, which the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) values at US$30,000 (L$2,400,000).She was charged with the alleged commission of the crime of unlawful possession, trafficking and distribution of narcotic drugs and subsequently indicted by the Grand Jury of Montserrado County on December 11, 2013. She denied the charges during trial.Shirat, 24, told the court that she had come to Liberia based on an invitation extended her by a friend called Ekina, and that before coming to Liberia she was thoroughly checked in Kampala. When she arrived in Liberia, security personnel at the airport checked her twice before calling her for the third time to notify her that drugs had been found in her luggage. The defendant added that she had not come into contact with drugs before.During the trial, the prosecution produced three witnesses, who confirmed and affirmed the allegation in the grand jury’s indictment against the accused, while the defense counsels also produced three witnesses including the defendant herself.In final arguments before the jurors’ verdict was handed down, the prosecution, headed by Cllr. Serena Garlawolo maintained its position that it has established a prima facie (open and shut) case against the defendant beyond all reasonable doubt to warrant her conviction.To the contrary the defense counsel, headed by Atty. Zumo Jallah, called on the jurors not to declare the defendant guilty as the charges levied against the defendant were false, fabricated and misleading.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Last week, the first confirmed case in the last 30 days was discovered in the Kamasun community in Caldwell.Caldwell, which has been severally hit by Ebola in the past few months, still has the fresh reminder of what it has been through. And while the news has circulated through the densely populated community, many are now in fear and have started going back to the protocols of staying safe.Ruth Tugbeh, 44, was admitted to the Redemption hospital in its holding center on March 19, 2015 after experiencing pain in her throat and body.According to a medical personnel at the facility who doesn’t want to be named, when Ruth entered the women and children’s section of the hospital with signs and symptoms of Ebola, she was refused and sent to the holding center next door.“When she told us her symptoms, right away we knew what was happening and sent her for testing, which of course came back positive within 24 hours,” the source stated.According to Kelvin, an Ebola response worker, Ruth prior to her hospital stay was selling on the premises of one government school in Caldwell, The SIMMS Community School.“She sold spaghetti and a couple of other things. Unfortunately, her brother was the one to rush her to the hospital and has been stigmatized in his home since helping his sister,” he added.Lawrence Doeini, the brother of Ruth has also been placed on 21 days quarantine and has been asked to spend his entire day in the same yard where Ruth’s entire household is being quarantined.According to Kelvin, so far all those who have been in contact with Ruth have not shown any Ebola signs and symptoms.“The brother explained to us that Ruth recently had a dispute with her brothers who live abroad and that’s what caused her to get sick. But he also explained to us that she came into contact with a survivor as well.”According to Paradise, the chairman of the Ebola response in Caldwell, Ruth admitted to sleeping with her boyfriend who contracted Ebola last year.“He was released from the ETU months ago and has not been in contact with Ruth since then. But recently Ruth spent a couple of days with him. But what happened or didn’t happen, Ruth now has Ebola,” he added.Meanwhile, The SIMMS Community School has had a series of meetings and has put protocols in place, making sure to take the temperature of the children twice during periods. The schools that children who are living with Ruth attend have also put protocols in place to make sure that they protect their students.“Parents are all afraid and everyone is saying that the schools should be closed for 21 days, but all they are planning to do is spray,” added Brian Kanneh, a parent.Ruth, who claims on the phone that she is doing okay and seems to be getting well, also says that she is taking numerous tablets a day to get well.“I’m taking tablets three times a day, over 30 tablets, but I thank God that I am not getting worse,” she added, speaking over the phone with Kelvin.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Residents of Bachakeh and other surrounding towns stood in awe as a team of divers went after the remains of Nikeh TiahA boy, believed to be 14 years of age, drowned over the weekend in the Lofa River along the Bomi highway, near the Grand Cape Mount County turning point.It was a scene of great bewilderment, as nearly two hundred of the town’s people, as well as others traveling along the road to and from Grand Cape Mount County, stood on the bridge and along the bank of the river and watched in sorrow.Eye Witnesses’ accounts informed the Daily Observer on Friday, March 8 that Nikeh Tiah, 14, who was a resident of Bachakeh Town, followed his aunt, Matu Sheriff, to the Lofa River to wash clothes, but never returned.Bachakeh Town is the last town of Bomi County before the Lofa Bridge which is the boundary between Bomi and Grand Cape Mount Counties.The uncle of Tiah, Patrick Welleh, said he was at home when his fiancée, Matu Sheriff, rushed back home in tears and informed him that Tiah, the child they have been looking after for years, had slipped from a rock on the river bank where he was standing, and fallen into the river.“I ran out, seeking the best assistance I could get from men in our town but, by the time we got here, my son had already disappeared in the water,” Welleh said as he stood and watched divers get prepared to go after the body of Tiah, alive or dead.He said the divers charged him L$10,000 but he appealed to them so that he could pay them L$7,000.“I have already given our Town chief the money and we are here waiting to see them dive in search of my son,” he said.Welleh noted that Tiah was the son of his fiancée’s sister, who is believed to be a resident of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.Earlier, Welleh’s fiancée, who introduced herself as Matu Sheriff, said she was having a bath at the river when her sister’s son mistakenly slipped and fell into the river.“I got through with the washing of the clothes and decided to take bath. I had soap all over my body, including my face. I was unable to keep further watch on Nikeh due to the soap in my eyes,” she said.Sheriff said she got to know that Nikeh had fallen into the water only when his friends cried out; calling her (Sheriff) name in loud voices, saying that he (Nikeh) has fallen into the water.She said the boys who called her attention to the incident were all of Tiah’s age range, thereby making it very difficult for her to have gotten help in saving the life of her nephew.“The boys were not at a long distance away from us, that is why they were able to see him falling but neither they nor I could save Tiah,” she said as she broke down in tears.The Town Chief of Bachakeh, Sylvester Taylor, said he was touched by the tragic incident but called on his people to be calm as the divers tried their utmost best to recover Tiah’s body, dead or alive.“I called on the Police and they came from the Grand Cape Mount side. They have already taken the aunt of the boy with them and have advised that we find divers who will look for the boy, dead or alive, in the river,” Taylor said.Although the Town Chief did not give the name of the lady who is said to be the aunt of the victim, he disagreed that Matu Sheriff is the real aunt of the Tiah, the boy who drowned.I am told that the mother of the boy is coming from Buchanan now.He was doubtful about any possibility of finding Tiah alive in the water.“Since 12 p.m. today we got the information of the drowning of the boy and so I cannot presume that he is still alive,” the Town Chief said. By this time, it was between 3PM and 4PM. “All we are after now is to get his body out as soon as possible in order to disallow fishes and other water animals from eating his body,” he said.When asked as to whether the town has experienced the drowning of anyone since his coming into office as the head of the town, Taylor said Tiah’s case is the first, even though other drownings have happened before his coming into office.The Town Chief of Bachakeh, Sylvester Taylor, has meanwhile informed officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) assigned in the county to investigate the incident.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Four men are now in Police custody after they were nabbed in the vicinity of Muneshwer’s Wharf — on Water Street, Georgetown — with a vessel belonging to the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA).The stolen boatThe 55-foot wooden boat, painted in while and green and carrying black strips, went missing from the Marine Wharf at La Penitence, Georgetown between 00:30h and 02:15h on Sunday.Based on reports received, the moored vessel was last seen by a GRA security guard at about 00:03h. Upon discovering that the boat had gone missing, an alarm was raised and the GDF Coast Guards were alerted. A search party was put together, and during patrols in the Demerara River, the boat was sighted in the vicinity of Muneshwer’s wharf.When the vessel was apprehended, four male residents of Annandale, East Coast Demerara were on board. They were immediately arrested. They remain in Police custody as investigations continue.
0Shares0000Zinedine Zidane claims he wants Gareth Bale to stay at Real, and he has no interest in honouring Barca © AFP/File / JAVIER SORIANOMADRID, Spain, Apr 7 – Real Madrid will not give Barcelona a guard of honour if the Catalans have clinched the Spanish title before next month’s Clasico, Zinedine Zidane said on Saturday.Barcelona lead La Liga by nine points with eight matches left and entertain Real in the penultimate round of the season. In Spain it has become traditional for opponents to form a guard of honour for the champions. “We’re not going to do the guard” Zidane said at a press conference ahead of the Madrid derby against Atletico, who are also Barcelona’s closest pursuers.“It’s my decision and that’s it,” said Zidane. “I don’t understand the point of the guard, so we aren’t going to do it. Anyway, we are a long way from the end of the season.”Zidane insisted the decision had nothing to do with Barcelona’s refusal to form a guard of honour at the Clasico in Madrid in December just after Real had won the Club World Cup.Even so, he acknowledged that Barca had “broken tradition”.Zidane also insisted Gareth Bale was still “an important player”, even though the Welsh winger is playing less and remained on the bench in the Champions League victory at Juventus on Tuesday.“These are decisions,” Zidane told the media. “You say he’s playing less or in less important games, but for me that’s not the case.”Rumours have linked Bale to a host of other clubs, notably Manchester United.“However we finish the season, my feeling is Gareth is going to stay,” said Zidane.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Besiktas, Fenerbahce and Galatasaray are ready to rival Southampton and West Ham for the signature of Simon Kjaer.The Denmark international is reportedly on the move this summer after impressing for Lille in Ligue 1.Clubs in the Premier League have shown an interest, with Southampton and West Ham leading the chase for the 26-year-old.But, according to L’Equipe, the Premier League duo have been joined in their pursuit by teams in Turkey.Besiktas, Fenerbahce and Galatasaray have all made approaches for the defender – who is valued at around £8m.The player, though, would reportedly favour a move to England and is awaiting an offer from a Premier League side. Simon Kjaer 1
Starting next week, lottery players will have the chance to win not only cash but a taste of tinsel town. One player of the new scratch-off ticket game, “Mad Money,” will win a cameo role in one of Overture Films’ future flicks. “When people think of California, they think of Hollywood, which is why the California Lottery is thrilled to enter into a new partnership with friends in the movie industry, Overture Films,” said Lottery Director Joan Borucki. “Mad Money is a great tie-in for our products.” The cross-promotion – an Overture Films movie titled “Mad Money” that opens nationwide Jan. 18 – marks the first time in the lottery’s 22-year history that it has a Hollywood partner. And it comes at a time when both the lottery and Hollywood are trying to boost lagging sales. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsIt also comes at a time when action-star-turned-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is pitching a proposal to lease the lottery to a private entity. The tie with “Mad Money” – starring Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah and Katie Holmes – gives the movie unique advertising, while the lottery saves cash since the studio will supply a host of secondary gifts, including two trips to Overture premieres in Los Angeles, a visit to a set, “Mad Money” DVDs, autographed “Mad Money” posters and subscriptions to Starz cable movie network. The Scratchers will still cost $1 but offer better odds than other games for winning smaller prizes. Overall odds of winning something are 1 in about 5. Chances of winning money climb to 1 one in about 12. Political analysts said the strategy seems clever on the surface and involves the kind of public-private partnerships favored by Schwarzenegger. But it might not be successful and it also raises a concern. “This is a disturbing move by the state to tie the state lottery to the movie industry,” said Melissa Michelson, a political science professor at Cal State East Bay. “What’s next, renaming the state Capitol, maybe, the Google Government Building? “Selling off naming or advertising rights blurs the distinction between public and private entities, and suggests the government is for sale. Private industry should do their own advertising, and government officials should stick to the business of selling lottery tickets for the benefit of our schools, not for the benefit of movie stars and executives.” Lottery spokeswoman Olga Gallardo said there are fun parallels between the movie’s plot and the lottery. Both are about sudden riches. The Scratchers show three gleeful women digging into a bag of money. That’s where the comparison ends. The lottery is about luck; the movie is about three Federal Reserve employees plotting to steal money about to be destroyed. The promotional scheme will “bomb,” predicted David McCuan, a political science professor at Cal State Sonoma. “Linking Scratchers to movie promotions, when fewer and fewer folks go to the movies, means another half-hearted attempt to pump up sales when we know that the end game here is to lease the lottery to large out-of-state entities.” If the movie bombs, it may all be a moot point. But if the promotion works, the pressure might be on to find a lottery sequel – and that could raise further questions: What’s an appropriate topic for a movie linked to the lottery? Would the state be comfortable with themes of violence or an R rating? Will the state fall into promoting particular studios or stars? Stay tuned.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 MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORTHRIDGE – The steps, the rhythm and especially the colorful swirling costumes of Mexican dance hold lessons about the varied regions of America’s neighbor to the south, lessons that will come to the stage Friday at CSUN. The Ballet Folklórico Aztlán de CSUN dance group will perform several styles of Folklóricodo dance at the third annual Folklor de Mexico Music and Dance Concert on the California State University, Northridge, campus. For troupe member Maria Rosales, reflecting the Mexican regions’ various cultures is all in the skirt – and the feet. “The northern districts have more footwork, and for Jalisco, it’s more skirt work,” said Rosales, 24, of Winnetka. “Sometimes it’s both, and then it really gets demanding. The guys don’t have skirts to hide behind, so they get to exaggerate their posture and footwork.” The CSUN troupe was founded in the 1960s and performed until the 1994 Northridge Earthquake devastated the campus. The group, which includes CSUN students and staff, re-formed in 1997 and performs around the region, dancing at weddings, elementary schools, nursing homes and even for one customer’s baby shower. The group has learned nine distinct regional styles and continues to add more, raising money through performances for the elaborate costumes, shoes, boots, hairpieces and jewelry that go with each style. The music and instrumentation varies with each region as well. Rather than a single dance style, Folklórico is influenced by the different regions of Mexico, said Marina Gonzalez, 31, of Northridge. For example, the region of Veracruz is very humid, so the women’s dresses are light and airy, Gonzalez said. The dresses for the Sonora Bronco style – the latest region added to the group’s repertoire – have a Western flair, while the Jalisco dresses have wider, fuller skirts. The men’s costumes also vary according to the region, as do the postures and footwork required. “With every performance, we educate more people,” Rosales said. Diana Cabral said people she talks to know little about Mexican dance. “People say, ‘Oh! Flamenco!”‘ said Cabral, 34, of Granada Hills. “A lot of people still don’t know the difference between flamenco (a Spanish dance) and Folklórico, so I’ll say, ‘You know – the dances with the big skirts and the guys with the big hats.” Friday’s event will feature theater, live mariachi music and Folklórico dance performances from the Mexican states of Jalisco, Veracruz, Sonora Bronco, Nayarit and Costa de Sinaloa. In addition to Ballet Folklórico Aztlán de CSUN, other performers will include Danz Mexica Cuahutemoc, Teatro Aztlán, Grupo Folklórico de West Los Angeles and Mariachi Alma de Mexico. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3663 IF YOU GO Ballet Folklórico Aztlán de CSUN performs 7-9:30 p.m. Friday at the Performing Arts Center at California State University, Northridge. Tickets, $15. Call (818) 677-2488.
It may only be September but it’s Donegal Christmas Shoebox Time again!You too can light up a less well-of child’s face this Christmas.Team Hope are looking support from groups and individuals to fill Christmas shoeboxes for children who may otherwise never receive a gift this Christmas.Schools and pre-schools are being approached by members of the team, however if you are a community group or a business or group of staff that would like to take on a project to make a difference in a child’s life, this Christmas, please consider gift wrapping a shoebox and filling it with things to wash, wear, write with and bring a “wow” smile to a child’s face as they open the box. A certificate of thanks will be issued to any group of whatever age who work together to donate gift-filled shoeboxes to this year’s appeal. Leaflets are now available in shops across the South Donegal region and from Vanessa Purdy, South Donegal Team Hope Coordinator on 074 9737052.Bring your gift-filled shoeboxes by Monday 10th November your participating local school or to drop off points: Mr G’s in Ballyshannon, Eurosaver by the Central Hotel in Donegal Town, the DCL office or Baskins Cafe in Dunkineely and Niall Mor Community Centre in Killybegs, or if your group has 50+ boxes, please call Vanessa to arrange collection.If you don’t want to do a full shoebox, please consider donating items to the processing centre where boxes are checked and filled up where necessary.You might have small soft toys, extra copy books, unused toothbrushes around the house, you might be a knitter and be able to donate us hats, scarves and gloves, or you might just add an extra tube of toothpaste or soap to your weekly shop which would just make a box complete. You can pass these items in alongside your box or instead of a box to your local school or drop off point and ask them to pass them along to the processing centre – the South Donegal Team Hope team would be really grateful.All items donated individually will be made up into boxes and find their way to bring a smile to a needy child’s face this Christmas.DON’T PANIC BUT IT’S TIME FOR THE DONEGAL CHRISTMAS SHOEBOX APPEAL! was last modified: September 26th, 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:Christmas Shoebox AppealdonegalTeam HopeVanessa Purdy
A Judge has directed that a witness order be served on a woman after she failed to appear at the sentencing case of a man convicted of assault causing harm to her at their St Johnston home.John Latta (33) had pleaded guilty to the offence against Laura Cole at Creatland, St Johnston, on August 12, 2016. At Tuesday’s sitting of Letterkenny District Court, a hand-written letter from Ms Cole to Garda McLaughlin, asking that the charges be dropped as she had got back together with Latta, was read out.However, at Friday’s sitting of the same Court, Garda McLaughlin said she had made contact with Ms Cole, who told her ‘they had briefly, after the incident, tried to rekindle the relationship, but she couldn’t get over the assault’.Garda McLaughlin said that Ms Cole informed her that she had moved out of Donegal.The case took a fresh twist when Latta’s defence counsel, Mr Peter Nolan (BL) put forward the suggestion that the couple were cohabiting at an address in Kinlough, County Leitrim.“I can establish and can prove that they live together,” Mr Nolan said.Judge John O’Hagan said that he wanted Ms Cole to be in Court and put the matter into the Buncrana Circuit Court list for July 13.Tuesday’s sitting of Letterkenny District Court Garda McLaughlin said that Laura Cole was ‘distressed, tearful and very shaken and there was still blood on her clothes four hours later’ when she spoke to her on the morning of August 12, 2016.Counsel for the protection, Ms Patricia McLaughlin, said that Latta had returned from the pub on the night in question. In her statement to Gardai, Ms Cole said that she had been on the couch talking to one of her children, who had come up from bed, about a birthday part the following day when Latta came in.Ms Cole alleged that Latta had said: ‘What are you doing up? What are you doing in this house, you bitch?’ upon his return before ‘putting a pullbar across her’.Ms Cole, the court heard, was pregnant at the time, and alleged that Latta had pushed her to the ground before punching her in the stomach area. ‘He said he was kicking the wain out of me’, she said in evidence to Gardai.Ms Cole received stitches to a wound on her head and a further allegation of an assault, from July 10, 2017, when Ms Cole alleged that Latta gave her a black eye whilst she was taking clothes from the drier.Latta was arrested on August 12, 2016 and taken to Letterkenny Garda Station, where he said that Ms Cole had ‘made this up’ due to ‘some kind of vendetta’.The couple had been together for three years, living together for the two year. At the time of the alleged assault, Latta said he had been ‘under serious financial pressure’ and the relationship was under strain as a result.Latta said he returned to live with Ms Cole in late September, 2016 and that there were ‘no difficulties’.Mr Nolan gave to Tuesday’s court a letter from Ms Cole to Garda McLaughlin.‘The whole thing has been blown out of proportion,’ it read. ‘I know that there will never be a repeat. I have since had to move away to get on with my life as it got too much for everyone. I just want to forget the whole thing.’At Friday’s sitting, Garda McLaughlin said she had made contact with Ms Cole on Tuesday after leaving court.“I asked her attitude about the case and she said that they weren’t back together,” Garda McLaughlin said.“She said they had, briefly after the incident, tried to rekindle the relationship but she couldn’t get over the assaults. And that, no, they weren’t back together. She said that she moved out of Donegal. I gave her the opportunity to attend court or to meet me, but she didn’t take up either offer.”Judge O’Hagan said he was not happy with the matter.“I take domestic rows like this very seriously, particularly when there are children in the same house,” he said.“I want the lady to come in a and tell me what the situation is. I am not happy about this. I am concerned.”Latta was remanded on continuing bail and the case will be before at Buncrana Circuit Court on July 13.Victim of assault ordered to appear in court as confusion abounds over relationship was last modified: July 1st, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:John LattaJUdge John O’HaganLaura ColeLetterkenny Circuit CourtPatricia McLaughlinPeter Nolan