Gov’t Defies Criminal Court Orders?

first_imgIs 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_img read more

‘The Strife Is Over for Juanita Mason Neal’

first_imgHundreds of people from all walks of life gathered at the Trinity Cathedral in Monrovia last Saturday for the funeral of Mrs. Juanita Mason Neal, described as a “patriot” and committed servant of the Episcopal Church. She died on June 26, 2016 at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana after a protracted battle with cancer.Leading the bereaved family were her husband, Dr. William Taylor Neal, five children, Karngar, Tonia, Keturah, Ruthie and their spouses from the United States; William Neal, Jr., her brother, Jonathan A. Mason and scores of other relatives.The funeral service was attended by past and present members of the Liberian government led by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, members of civil society groups, the Cancer Society of which the deceased was an advocate and active member, and many other sympathizers. In his funeral discourse the Most Reverend Jonathan B. B. Hart, Archbishop of the Internal Province of West Africa, declared that “the strife was over for the late Juanita Mason-Neal.” Archbishop Hart spoke ardently of Mrs. Neal as a faithful church member who lived in fear of God and gave her life to His service. He praised her dedication, stating that she was always available whenever the church needed her services, even in times of financial difficulties.Mrs. Neal was Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Episcopal Church of Liberia and also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the B.W. Harris Episcopal School.The Episcopal Church of Liberia and the Trinity Cathedral Family in their tribute praised Mrs. Mason-Neal for her determination and ability to get things done. Because of her hard work and commitment over the years to the Episcopal Church and Christianity in general she will be greatly missed, the tribute stated.Mrs. Neal was remembered and eulogized by her friends and admirers in Liberia and the United States as a person who loved her church and devoted all the time she could in order to improve it. According to people who were close to her, she smiled a lot, and always empathized with people. She showed courage, faith and tenacity throughout her illness. Mrs. Neal also served in several capacities in government. An Official Gazette published by the Government of Liberia and read at the funeral, referred to her as a patriot, administrator, entrepreneur, investment consultant, international servant, devout Christian, and a dedicated public servant.Mrs. Mason-Neal was born on May 9, 1947 in Monrovia, and commenced her childhood education at the Episcopal Church School in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County. She later enrolled at the College of West Africa where she graduated valedictorian of her class in 1964. In pursuit of higher education, Juanita traveled to the United States in 1969 and studied at the Mt. Holyoke College in Massachusetts, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree (Bsc). According to the Liberia Official Gazette, she went on to achieve a Master of Science degree (Msc) from Harvard University, also in Massachusetts. She later returned home and served as Deputy Minister for Revenue, Deputy Minister for Expenditure, and Commissioner for Income Tax at the Ministry of Finance (now Ministry of Finance & Development Planning). A notable achievement during her tenure as Deputy Minister of Revenue was the completion of the New Revenue Code of Liberia Phase One, in collaboration with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Over a span of 40 years, Mrs. Neal served as an able employer and employee in both public and private sectors, according to the Gazette.Mrs. Neal was buried in Virginia Township, outside Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

DDTV VIDEO: SINGER RORY AND SENEGAL JIMMY LEAD LANZAROTE ST PATRICK’S DAY PARADE!

first_imgDDTV: KILCAR singer Rory Gallagher and sidekick Senegal Jimmy brought some Donegal fun to the St Patrick’s Day parade in Lanzarote!The duo behind the hit Donegal GAA anthem ‘Jimmy’s Winning Matches’ were a massive hit on the sun-kissed holiday island. And of course Rory made sure he was wearing his Donegal jersey.“It was great craic,” said the singer.“Sure you couldn’t have St Patrick’s Day parade without a Donegal input.”You can watch how they get on by watching the video! DDTV VIDEO: SINGER RORY AND SENEGAL JIMMY LEAD LANZAROTE ST PATRICK’S DAY PARADE! was last modified: March 18th, 2013 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:SINGER RORY AND SENEGAL JIMMY LEAD LANZAROTE ST PATRICK’S DAY PARADE!last_img read more

Delight as Turbo the peacock makes it home after Letterkenny adventure

first_imgTurbo the peacock went missing in Letterkenny yesterday morning, and after numerous sightings and a lot of chasing, he’s finally back at home with his owner.The elusive peacock was found yesterday morning on the Port road, however he escaped before his owner, Brigette Cavanagh could collect him.Donegal Daily renewed the appeal for Turbo after he evaded the man who found him, and sightings of Turbo poured into Donegal Daily’s Facebook page. Today Brigette got the lead she was looking for when two people reported a sighting of Turbo in Sister Sara’s carpark – and soon, he was reunited with his owner.Brigette says; “We are over the moon! We were up all night, he was at KFC but kept flying away.“The whole family are delighted, we’re so happy.“Turbo by name, turbo by nature!” Turbo covered most of Letterkenny on his adventure, but thankfully he is back at home with his family safe and sound (albiet a little bit hungry).A big thank you to all who shared the appeal and kept an eye out for this much loved pet over the weekend.Delight as Turbo the peacock makes it home after Letterkenny adventure was last modified: April 9th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:foundFunnyletterkennypeacocklast_img read more

FORMER SOLDIER DENIES ASSAULTING BOY HE MET IN AMUSEMENT ARCADE

first_imgA 55 year old former soldier from Donegal has gone on trial charged with indecently assaulting a young boy on a number of occasions in different quarries.Hugh ‘Jock’ McDaniel has pleaded not guilty to all five charges which are alleged to have happened at different locations in Inishowen in the summer of 1979.McDaniel, of 40 Abbotswood, Carndonagh denies all five charges of indecent assault against the other man who was considerably younger. McDaniel, who appeared in court wearing grey trousers and a blue and white t-shirt, was 22 at the time of the alleged assaults.The accused and his alleged victim had met in an amusement arcade where pool and video games were played.The alleged victim, who cannot be named, said McDaniel would bring him away for drives in his blue Hillman Avenger car.On a number of occasions McDaniel forced him to masturbate eachother and on one occasion he forced him to have oral sex.On one occasion McDaniel brought the boy to a house and after they watched a pornographic video, they masturbated eachother.“My mind was being pulled everywhere. I was confused and I said that it was not right. I got up and left,” said the alleged victim.The man said he remembers a lot of details of what happened in the summer of 1979 and the surroundings because he has lived with it since he was allegedly abused.He recalled the car in which he was abused having fluffy seats and a furry dice and the house in which he was allegedly abused.McDaniel is alleged to have told his victim not to speak about the events and that he would do the same.The victim said he remembered McDaniel as a tall man with a beard and dark glasses who had poor eyesight.He said he had heard a story locally about how McDaniel had left the army after an accident during which he was shot.He said he was embarrassed by the alleged incidents and only told his wife because he wanted to be honest with her about his entire life before they married.However the alleged victim said it was only in later life after watching other people speaking about their experiences of sexual abuse that he decided to contact Gardai.The trial before Judge John O’Hagan continues today at Letterkenny Circuit Court.FORMER SOLDIER DENIES ASSAULTING BOY HE MET IN AMUSEMENT ARCADE was last modified: July 18th, 2012 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:HUGH MCDANIELINDECENT ASSAULTInishowensoldierlast_img read more

MAN WHO STOLE NEWSPAPERS AND BROKE CAFE WINDOW FINED €400

first_imgA Ramelton man has received the probation act after being fined €400 for theft and criminal damage incidents.Jonathon Devine of Castle Street was charged with smashing windows at Steve’s Cafe on March 18th, 2012.He was also charged with the theft of newspapers valued at €75 from Whoriskey’s Spar, Ramelton on the same date. The 23 year old had had the case adjourned to allow him to come up with €400 in compensation for the two injured parties.Judge Paul Kelly heard Devine was very intoxicated when he carried out both incidents.He applied the probation act in both cases.MAN WHO STOLE NEWSPAPERS AND BROKE CAFE WINDOW FINED €400 was last modified: July 21st, 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:criminal damagedonegalJonahton DevineRameltontheftlast_img read more

SADNESS AT DEATH OF RADIO PRESENTER PACKIE BRADLEY

first_imgPackie pictured with Pio McCann and Brian Coll in 2010DONEGAL has lost one of its greatest broadcasters with the death tonight of Packie Bradley.The Buncrana man was on the airwaves for two decades before retiring in 2007.He was the most listened-to presenter on Highland Radio. Packie Keeney, who gave his namesake a start on the station, said tonight that has “deeply saddened” to hear of the death. SADNESS AT DEATH OF RADIO PRESENTER PACKIE BRADLEY was last modified: October 20th, 2013 by John2Share 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:deathpackie bradleypackie keeneylast_img read more

Bagel Brigade’s Berman gets council’s recognition

first_imgThe Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council presented its inaugural Sherman Oaks Spotlight Award to Herman Berman, founder of the Bagel Brigade, a cadre of senior citizens who collect and distribute day-old baked goods to needy residents and community groups. Three researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, and one from California State University, Northridge, will share a $1.3 million grant to study ways to improve the nano-scale technology used in cell phones and other electronics. The money from the National Science Foundation is intended to support interdisciplinary research into the microscopic technology, which is also used in iPods, laptop computers and video games. The members of the research team are CSUN physics professor Nicholas Kioussis, and UCLA materials scientist King-Ning Tu, mechanical and aerospace engineering professor Nasr Ghoniem and materials science and engineering professor Jenn-Ming Yang. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week In addition, Charles Hatfield, an assistant professor of English at CSUN, has been named the Jerome Richfield Memorial Scholar, awarded for the study of arts, sciences or humanities. The city of Glendale received two awards earlier this month from the League of California Cities, which works on behalf of the state’s 477 municipalities. The League Partners Award recognizes Glendale’s Mariposa Neighborhood Improvement Project, while the Ruth Vreeland Award for Engaging Youth in City Government was presented to the city’s Junior Ambassadors Program. Girl Scout Troop 266 in Van Nuys donated $350 raised during its cookie drive to the American Red Cross, Humane Society and Habitat for Humanity to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina. Andy Maltz of Sherman Oaks, chief technologist for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, has been appointed to a national committee that will advise the U.S. government’s National Archives on the storage and preservation of electronic records. Send your Community News to the Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91367; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Men’s Basketball Takes Road Win Streak To Loyola

first_imgStory Links In the first meeting between Loyola and Drake, both teams came out firing with the Bulldogs making their first 10 shots from the field. The teams combined for 86 first-half points on 64 percent shooting. However, Loyola continued to convert in the second half to win in Des Moines, 85-74. Drake has won three-straight road games and five of its last six overall contests. The Bulldogs are 5-3 on the road this season and 3-2 in MVC road games. Live Stats Drake Game Notes Following Tuesday’s road game, the Bulldogs return home to host UNI, Feb. 9, at 5 p.m. The game will be the Bulldogs’ annual Legends Weekend with former players returning to campus, including members of the 1969 Final Four team to celebrate the 50th anniversary of that historic run. The Drake University men’s basketball team takes its three-game road win streak to Loyola for a Tuesday evening contest at Gentile Arena. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. before a national television audience on CBS Sports Network. Live Audio The Bulldogs’ 17 wins to date equal last year’s total and are the program’s most wins since the 2011-12 team won 18 games. Drake picked up its 17th win by going on an 11-3 run to win at Indiana State, 68-62. Brady Ellingson led the Bulldogs in that win with 16 points as he continues to lead the league in three-point shooting in league action by shooting 30-of-56 from the arc (.536).  Print Friendly Version Live Video Senior Nick McGlynn is averaging 15.5 points and 9.4 rebounds per game in MVC action to lead the league in rebounding and rank fifth in scoring in league games. He has had five double-doubles in 10 conference games including a 12-point, 13-rebound performance in the win over Indiana State.last_img read more

Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig named chairperson of County Council Irish Committee

first_imgGlenties Municipal District Councillor Michael Mac Giolla Easbuig has been announced as the Chairperson of Donegal County Council’s Irish committee.Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig says that he is honoured with the role, and aims to promote Irish both north and south of the border.“Toghadh mise inniu mar Chathaoireach ar Choiste Gaeilge Chomhairle Condae Dhún na nGall I gcuideachta an Chomharleora John Shéamuis Ó Fearraigh,” he announced. “Beidh mise I mo Chathaoireach ar feadh 6 mhí Agustin an Co Ó Fearraigh ar feadh 6 mhí eile. Tá mé iontach brodúil as ceapúcháin an lae inniu.“Cupla pointe a d’ardaigh mé inniu…sé sin go bhfuil se tábhachtach go labharfadh na Bainisteoirí agus Comharleorí Gaeilge má tá sí acu ag na cruinnithe agus go mbeadh an córas aistriúcháin ar fáil ag na cruinnithe uilig ní go díreach ag cruinnithe poiblí agus fosta gur cheart na cruinnithe a chraoladh beo ar an idirlíon.“Mhol mé tacaíocht a thabhairt dAcht na Gaeilge ó thuaidh agus cuireadh a thabhairt do ball an fheachtais ó thuaidh freastal ar chruinniú de Choiste na Gaeilge.“Thug mé aitheantas don iar chathaoireach an Choiste Micheál ó Cuinn. Rinne Micheál obair ar leith I gcur chun cinn na Gaeilge.” Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig named chairperson of County Council Irish Committee was last modified: February 23rd, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:irishlanguageMICHAEL MAC GIOLLA EASBUIGlast_img read more