Judges Indicted of Demeaning Lawyers

first_imgThe president of the National Bar Association (NBA) has described as “ridicules” the manner in which Judges approached lawyers in open courtroom.Cllr. Theophilus Gould claimed that it has become habitual on the part of judges to intimidate or demean lawyers in the presence of their clients and the other parties.“They sometimes respond harshly, if they wanted clarity about an issue raised by lawyers,” the Bar Association president furiously claimed on Monday, August 11.He made the allegation when he responded to Judge Johannes Zogbay Zlahn’s   address at the opening of Criminal Courts; A, B, C, D and E of Montserrado County at the Temple of Justice. Cllr.  Zlahn is the Judge of Criminal Court ‘A.”He spoke on the topic; “The Court as Administrators and Dispensers of Transparent Justice in the System of Government.”However, Cllr. Gould maintained   that the Judges’   actions were contrary to administrating and dispensing justice in the system of government. “[The practice of ridiculing lawyers] is not in the interest of justice and fair play,” Cllr. Gould declared.“The party litigant will see it as an expression of interest for the opposite side, which demonstrates that the court is not transparent in the discharging of justice. We must stop it now, if we want to administrate justice and fair play in our court system,” the NBA boss warned.“It is also wrong and unethical because the court is charged with the responsibility of administering and dispensing justice throughout the country,” he further warned.Chapter 3, Article (20) of the Liberia Constitution provides that “No person shall be deprived of life, liberty, security of the person property, privilege or any other rights except as the outcome of a hearing judgment consistent with the provision laid down in the Constitution and in accordance with due process of law.”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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Elderly patients left abandoned at Linden Hospital

first_imgOfficials attached to the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) have noted with concern, an increase in the prevalence of elderly patients being abandoned by their relatives at the medical institution for extended periods.According to the officials, persons, who are somewhat incapacitated are deliberately left at the medical institution. While there has been an influx of such cases at the hospital over the years, its Public Relations Officer (PRO), Toshanna Alicock, noted that presently there are seven persons at the medical institution who have been abandoned by their relatives. The figure, she noted, refers to persons left at the hospital for extended periods of time even though they no longer require medical attention. As such, hospital officials are urging persons to desist from such practice, as concerns continue to be raised over the need for an elderly care home in the Linden community.Social worker attached to the hospital, Laurette Smith-Gray, said the medical institution does not have the capacity to deal with long-term patients.“Most persons that we’re dealing with are persons who would have been here months after the doctors would have written their discharge. It therefore meansPRO Toshanna Alicock (left) and social worker Laurette Smith-Graythey’re no longer under medical management, but they fall as social patients. Now, the hospital does not have the capacity to hold persons who are not patients that are in dire need of medical attention,” Smith-Gray said. She added that on any given day, most of the beds in the female, male and paediatric wards are filled to capacity and are sometimes overfilled, even more so when there are surgeries. This, she noted, puts the hospital in a difficult position. “When we have people here as social cases, it then puts the hospital in a situation where we are pressed for space, where we may have to turn away some persons, where we may have to send some persons away without fully assessing their condition before they’re fully discharged,” she said. As such, the social worker is asking family members to take responsibility and look into the care of their relatives.Smith-Gray also urged that persons desist from calling the ambulance services to have their relatives removed from their home under the guise that they are ill, in the event that there might be a real medical emergency.She said recently, there has been an increase in cases where an ambulance is called for persons who are not ill and they are left abandoned at the hospital.Smith-Gray said there has also been cases of minors, who are left at the hospital, however such cases are referred to the Child Care and Protection Agency for them to be placed in the necessary homes.The social worker said while some persons may be terminally ill, relatives are expected to take them home after hospitalisation so as to provide continued management. In some cases, she said family members are a no show even after contact is made for them to collect their relatives.“I have had persons here for months, never heard from any relative until they would have died…,” she noted. Even more worrying, she said, persons left in the hospital environment for an extended period are at risk of contracting nosocomial infections (infections acquired from being in hospitals for prolonged periods).Over the years, residents and officials of Linden have voiced concerns over the absence of an elderly care home to cater for elderly people in vulnerable circumstances. The situation at the LHC has also reiterated such calls by hospital officials. (Utamu Belle)last_img read more

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David Ramnarine resigns from GPF

first_imgAfter serving in the Guyana Police Force (GPF) for well over 27 years, former acting Top Cop David Ramnarine has resigned.His resignation comes some five months after he was overlooked by President David Granger for appointment as Police Commissioner or even Deputy Commissioner.The 49-year-old cop requested early retirement from the Police Force and it was granted. Ramnarine would have been eligible for retirement next year in accordance with the public service rules.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan confirmed that the former acting Top Cop would be waving good bye to the Force, noting that his service would truly be missed.He said, “He was [a] extremely good cop in my opinion and I will certainly miss the fact of his leadership style and all of that, but, of course, we must respect his decision.”So far, no reason was given regarding Ramnarine’s decision to leave the Force.Former acting Top Cop David RamnarineEfforts made to contact Ramnarine also proved futile.Ramnarine, who had served as acting Police Commissioner upon the retirement of Seelall Persaud, was the most senior rank in the Force prior to the appointment of Leslie James as Police Commissioner last year.Ramnarine was overlooked for the position as Top Cop. He was even discounted from the post of Deputy Commissioner, of which there are currently four – Lyndon Alves, Maxine Graham, Nigel Hoppie, and Paul Williams.President Granger has stated that there were specific reasons why Ramnarine was not appointed.Prior to that, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces had expressed his desire to have the leadership of the Police Force comprise individuals who are unbribable and not corrupt.An inquiry into the Police Force’s handling of an alleged plot to kill the President in 2017 had concluded that Ramnarine, and others, lacked the professionalism to lead the GPF. Ramnarine has not worked a single day under the new leadership of the Force.He had proceeded on leave after he had not been shortlisted for the Top Cop position.Ramnarine joined the GPF in April 1991 and he became an Assistant Police Commissioner at the age of 40.last_img read more

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Liverpool fans attempt to break the internet after ‘greedy’ Raheem Sterling departs Anfield

first_img1 Raheem Sterling’s transfer from Liverpool to Manchester City has divided opinion.Is the Reds’ loss decisively City’s gain, or have the Blues paid well over the odds?Now that the wrangle is settled, after the 20-year-old completed his acrimonious £49m move to Man City, all that is left for Liverpool fans to do is voice their opinion.After rejecting an improved contract offer in February, agreeing to an unauthorised interview in April and missing two successive training sessions just last week, the winger isn’t the most popular figure on Merseyside.Sterling, of course, insists his decision to swap Liverpool for Manchester was purely for football reasons and nothing to do with the lucrative pay package City were willing to offer.Reds’ fans, though, don’t necessarily agree with him, and some of the best reactions to the transfer can be found below. Raheem Sterling last_img read more

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Rose Hills hosts sunrise service

first_imgWHITTIER – On a chilly Sunday morning at Rose Hills Memorial Park, about 1,200 people gathered atop a grassy hill to celebrate Easter. At the crack of dawn, a choir sang songs such as “On the Third Day” and “Hallelujah” to an audience that had come from as far away as Anaheim. “It was a beautiful atmosphere with the grassy landscaping and view,” said landscape architect Ron Lee, 31, of Rosemead. “You kind of forget you’re in a cemetery. I felt like I was here for God.” Pastors presiding over the service recited scripture readings and led prayers amid the dim glow of candle lights nearby. “Easter is the most important day on the Christian calendar.” said the Rev. Thomas Boles. “Easter is about change … about life and death.” “Jesus Christ has risen,” said retired police officer Duane Benell, 67, of Whittier. “He is our lord and savior. Through him we have internal life and will also rise.” The celebrants drove home the point that Easter isn’t just about rabbits and candy. “Some think Easter is about bunnies, eggs and baskets,” said the Rev. Ed Besserra. “\[But\] Christ has risen today.” The Easter sunrise service has been a tradition at Rose Hills Memorial Park since 1941, when much of the verdant landscape was just dirt. The service, which has always been free to the public, attracts hundreds of the faithful every year. “Families like to come here because their loved ones are buried here,” said Natalie Neufeld, community affairs manager for the park. “That way, they feel like they’re celebrating Easter with their loved ones.” For many, Easter means a renewed life and starting fresh. “Easter is about people having their lives change,” Boles said. “Christ has made it possible for us to have a new life.” 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!last_img read more

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GAA NEWS: NAOMH BRID CLUB NOTES

first_imgOur reserves played out a 1-8 to 0-11 draw on Friday night away to Killybegs.Congratulations to David Walsh and the county team on their victory over Cork in the All-Ireland semi-final on Sunday.Our minors defeated Naomh Columba at home on Friday night on a scoreline of 0-15 to 1-11. This now means the tie will go to a play-off with Glen having won the first leg. Great performances from Alan Quinn, Jamie Dorrian and Sean Duffy helped the lads to victory.  GAA NEWS: NAOMH BRID CLUB NOTES was last modified: August 28th, 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:NAOMH BRID CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

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NATALIE TO GET HER ‘KICKS’ AT CIVIC RECEPTION TODAY

first_imgCarrigans native Natalie McCarron is to receive a civic reception from Donegal County Council today.Natalie created history by becoming the first ever Irish Lady Professional Kickboxing Champion of the World by winning the ISKA Featherweight title. Natalie is an icon in Kickboxing, but is also a loving mother.She works enthusiastically for charity and has given her life to her sport, having won three world titles in three different weight categories thus far. She gives back to the sport by teaching her skills to the children of Donegal in Carrigans gym each week, providing them and us with a strong, inspirational role model of women in sport. Natalie will be honoured at a civic reception in the County House Lifford, today at 3.00pm in recognition of her sporting achievements. This Civic Reception will be hosted by the Mayor Cllr. Frank McBrearty Jnr and by the members of Donegal County Council.The Mayor, elected members and staff of the Council will be joined by the Natalie, her management, trainer Paddy Toland, and invited guests, at this special event that will recognise the wonderful achievements of this Donegal woman in sport.The Mayor of Donegal Cllr. Frank McBrearty Jnr is delighted to be honouring Natalie for her outstanding achievements at todays civic reception.“Natalie has reached the highest levels in her chosen sport and it is a great honour for me and the elected members of Donegal County Council to have the opportunity to acknowledge her achievements with this Civic Reception”. Natalie will be presented with a special scroll marking the occasion of this Civic reception along a specially commissioned piece by well known artist Fiontann Gogarty. NATALIE TO GET HER ‘KICKS’ AT CIVIC RECEPTION TODAY was last modified: April 29th, 2013 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:civic receptionMayor Frank McBreartyNatalie McCarronlast_img read more

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DONEGAL PLAYERS BRINGING SAM TO THE STATION HOUSE TONIGHT

first_imgDONEGAL’S All-Ireland winning stars will be at the Station House Hotel in Letterkenny this evening – along with the Sam Maguire of course!The popular hotel’s is marking the opening of its new function room which will be even more popular with Glenswilly players and fans – it’s being called the Glenswilly Room!To mark the occasion there will be a dance this eveing with the Sam Maguire and some of the county players there for the official opening. Doors open at 9.30pm with a €5 entry fee – and all the proceeds with go to the Players’ Training Fund. DONEGAL PLAYERS BRINGING SAM TO THE STATION HOUSE TONIGHT was last modified: October 19th, 2012 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:DONEGAL PLAYERS BRINGING SAM TO THE STATION HOUSE TONIGHTlast_img read more

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Eagle project built around valley’s past

first_imgNEWHALL – When it came time to do an Eagle Scout project, Scout Ricky Courtney decided to put his talents in the video production field to use and help out the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society at the same time. The 18-year-old Canyon Country resident graduated last spring with honors in video production from Valencia High School, and is currently enrolled in the radio, television and film program at College of the Canyons. On Tuesday, Courtney unveiled his latest production and presented it to the historical society: A portable video kiosk complete with television monitor, a DVD player, a VHS player and two seven-minute videos he produced while at Valencia High. “In high school, I started doing films about Santa Clarita Valley history, so I thought it would be beneficial to help out the historical society, since I’m so interested in history myself,” Courtney said. “I hope that the kiosk will be used as a valuable learning tool for the community and it will help the historical society in their projects for many years to come.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Pat Salatore, the society’s executive director, accepted the kiosk on behalf of the society, and said there are many ways the organization can use the donation. “We plan to start using it immediately,” Salatore said. “It’s portable, so we can take it to board meetings; we can show visitors the historical society videos that we have produced; show feature films that have been filmed in our valley; and when we’re not showing films, the DVD player can also show static displays, like photos.” “I can find tons of different ways to use it. We’re really happy that he chose us for his Eagle project,” she said. Courtney used volunteer labor from fellow Scouts and adults for the construction of the kiosk, built with donated Douglas fir, and the two poster stanchions that can be used to promote the videos that will be displayed. The two videos, produced over a two-year period, show the devastation of the 1928 St. Francis Dam collapse that killed hundreds from Saugus to Oxnard, while the other tells the story of Beale’s Cut, the original path through the Newhall Pass that opened in 1864. “The St. Francis Dam is an interesting topic and it’s got an interesting emotional element to it because of the aftermath,” Courtney said. “The Beale’s Cut video started as a simple idea, but ended up becoming more interesting to me when I realized that Santa Clarita’s version of the history of this landmark is much different from the state’s version.” Courtney decided to go with the state’s version of events, that Gen. Edward F. Beale owned this slice through a ridge in Newhall and ran it as a toll road. Local less-documented records say Beale was in command of Fort Tejon and ordered soldiers to dig the cut for him. The planning for the project started in March and the kiosk was completed Nov. 12. Courtney’s scoutmaster, Jim Kerr, was on hand for the presentation and said he was not surprised that Courtney’s project was a little unconventional. “Ricky’s more of a creative type and I thought he would do something that involved creativity,” Kerr said. “This is not a typical tote-that-barge, lift-that-bail type of project. This is right up his alley.” Sharon Cotal, (661) 257-5256 sharon.cotal@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

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Celebrations for Carndonagh in National Enterprise Town Awards

first_imgThere were great celebrations for the Carndonagh business community last night after their triumph in the Bank Of Ireland National Enterprise Town Awards.Carndonagh was named as the regional winner of the Connacht/Ulster award for towns with a population between 2,000-5,000.The Carndonagh Traders Association were over the moon with the award which celebrates the vision, teamwork and enterprising spirit of the Inishowen town. The Bank of Ireland National Enterprise Town Awards 2019 took place in Kilkenny, where Kilkenny was named Ireland’s most enterprising town of 2019, taking home the trophy and a cash prize of €33,000. Celebrations for Carndonagh in National Enterprise Town Awards was last modified: December 6th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

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