Discharged 2, 3 admitted To Bail

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The High Court Judge presiding over cases in the ongoing Judicial Week, Honourable Justice Manuela Harding, discharged 19-year-old Labourer, Mohamed Sow and 29-year-old Mamoud Mansaray for want of prosecution.

Sow was before the court on a one count indictment of Robbery with Aggravation contrary to Section 23 (1) (a) of the Larceny Act of 1916 as repealed and replaced by section 2 of the Act No. 16 of 1971.

It was alleged that the accused on Saturday 27th November 2021 at Jui Junction, Waterloo Highway in the Waterloo Judicial District, being armed with bottle, robbed one Alhaji Kargbo.

29-year-old Electrician, Mamoud Mansaray was also discharged of one count indictment of Fraudulent Conversion contrary to section 20 (1) (IV) (a) of the Larceny Act of 1916 for want of prosecution.

Mansaray was in September 2021, at Goderich in Freetown alleged to have fraudulently converted to his own use or benefit certain properties including one TVS Motor Tricycle, wheel screen, one Motor Tricycle Battery and other items all valued at Four Million One Hundred Thousand Leones (Le 4,100,000).

Justice Harding admitted to bail Motorcycle Rider, Mohamed Lamin Conteh of fraudulent conversion, Marketer Ibrahim Tarawally for Larceny and Osman Bah for fraudulent conversion.

The decision was reached after the  Application for bail made by Defence Lawyer, Lamin J. Kamara, from Legal Aid Board, for and on behalf of the accused persons wasn’t objected to by State Prosecutor, Robin Mason Jr.

In another related development, Supreme Court Judge who’s presiding over cases at the Waterloo Magistrate’s Court in the ongoing Judicial Week, Honourable Justice Alusine Sesay (JSC) has completed the review of 15 rulings delivered by various Magistrates in the Western Area of Freetown against accused persons, convicts and inmates.

The cases are part of a total of one thousand and thirteen (1,013) assigned to 26 judges across the country for review for which inmates had been incarcerated awaiting trial without indictments, those on prolonged adjournments due to lack of empanelled jurors, those who’ve been admitted to bail but are unable to fulfil their bail conditions to secure their release and those serving unjustifiable and disproportionate sentences from Magistrates.

This move is part of the Honourable Chief Justice’s continued commitment to make justice more accessible in a transparent and accountable manner.

Canadian University Welcomes First Ever Vice Chancellor

The management and staff of the Canadian University of Modern Technology (CUMT), including students in Mile 91, Tonkolili District, Northern Sierra Leone on Wednesday February 22022, officially welcome the university’s first ever Vice Chancellor designate, Professor Allyson Sesay. 

Making the welcome statement, the Registrar of CUMT, Adam Goguen, spoke on how the occasion marking the official welcome ceremony of Prof Allyson was laudable and very remarkable. He also spoke on how the then CCMT now CUMT has gone through several stages noting that all members of staff as well as the campus leadership have done greater jobs in attaining the university status.

CUMT’s Dean of Arts and Commerce, Professor Bob K. Conteh, informed that the attainment of a university calls for a celebration and to absolutely uphold morale and upright values. He called on students and staff of the university to make the best out of the occasion and not to do otherwise.

While presenting a brief resume of CUMT’s VC, the Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor (SAVC) at CUMT, Jacob Sax Conteh, informed the gathering of how Prof. Allyson had been and was still a distinguished and renown academic and public figure of high moral standing. He called on students and staff to positively emulate the good character and reputation of the erudite Prof.

In his presentation to students and staff of CUMT, Professor Allyson Sesay, disclosed that it was a tough decision for him to have decided to join the CUMT family, owing to the fact that he had other lucrative academic contracts that he had signed, but he informed the gathering that he had to cut short such programs, because he was moved by the dream and vision of Muckson Sesay Snr., who happens to be CUMT’s Proprietor and Chancellor designate.

Prof. Allyson further spoke on the need for academic uprightness and integrity at all levels and noted that students and staff should be able to leave up to such expectations. He said that students were to make all reasonable efforts to be productive in the university, while calling on staff to act as positive mentors to the students.

Professor Allyson further highlighted the need to motivate the university’s teaching staff and noted that attending academic conferences at least once a year, could be one of such ways. He further called on members of the academic staff to be ready to present academic papers during seminars and similar forums, adding that such will aid in greatly improving the rankings of academics in the university system.

He also said that a platform will be created to further encourage brilliant students in the university. It was on such note he proposed that deserving students will be invited to make the Deans’ List and that of the Vice Chancellor’s List.

Speaking on behalf of CUMT students, SU President, Abdulai Tamba-Lebbie, welcome Prof. Allyson on behalf of all CUMT students and said that they were looking forward to greatly learn from the renown Professor while promising to also leave up to expectations as students of the university.     

Professor Allyson Alimamy Sesay has been a Full Professor of Education and Coordinator of Academic Advising and Volunteer Service in the Department of Education. He was trained as a secondary school teacher at Milton Margai Teachers’ College in Sierra Leone. He received a Bsc. in Agricultural Economics from Langston University in Langston, Oklahoma, and a M.Ed. in Foundations of Education/Comparative and International education from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. In 1981, Dr. Sesay earned the PhD degree in Educational Policy Analysis with a cognate area in Vocational and Technical Education from the University of Illinois.

In addition to his work as a secondary school science, mathematics, and English literature teacher, Dr. Sesay has acquired a wealth of teaching, research, administrative, and community service experiences in the United States in the area of teacher education over the past 26 years.

He has worked in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and at a number of universities in the United States, including the University of Maine at Farmington, the University of Maine at Fort Kent, Howard University in Washington, DC, Shaw University and the University of Sierra Leone. 

He has designed and taught a variety of courses including educational policy, educational psychology, foundations of education, economics of education, test and measurement, educational research, methods of teaching, multidisciplinary studies, and multicultural education. He teaches at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Dr. Sesay has been honored on four occasions in the ‘Who is who among America’s Teachers.’

He has served in a number of administrative capacities including department chair at Shaw and abroad. His research interests include international comparisons of young children’s worldviews as a foundation for preparing them for effective future leaders, educational policy evaluation (impact analysis), and multicultural issues, particularly those pertaining to gender equity in education. Dr. Sesay has presented the results of his research studies at professional conferences and published in scholarly journals in the United States and abroad.  Dr. Sesay’s work is firmly grounded in an eclectic philosophy of education that is rooted in the internal locus-of-control principle which holds that “truth and goodness belong to all persons no matter what their station” (Johnson, et. al, 2005).  Central to this philosophy, therefore, is his unwavering belief that all children have a capacity to learn and succeed, given the opportunity and a caring and nurturing environment.

PUBLIC REVIEW SPORT

Brookfields United Veteran FC Wins Director of Sports Trophy

The newly appointed Director of Sports at the Ministry of Sports,  Haroun Korgi, a former Olympian, last weekend organised a two-day football gala at the Siaka Stevens Stadium.Four teams  participated in gala. They are Rokel Veteran FC, Brookfields United Veteran FC, MOS/NSA FC and SWASAL FC.

Saturday 5th February 2022 two matches were played. The first match was between Brookfields United Veteran FC and Rokel Veteran FC at 2:30 pm. The kickoff was done by Mr. Korgi (DOS). Brookfields United Veteran FC won the match 1-0.

The second match was played between MOS/NSA and SWASAL at 4:30 pm. The match ended in a stalemate. They went to penalty shootout but there was no winner. It was then agreed that  the match be replayed the following morning.

On Sunday 6th February 2022 at 9am, the replay between MOS/NSA and SWASAL was played for 30 minutes. It ended goaless. At the Penalty shootout, MoS/NSA won 5-4, eliminating SWASAL.

At 4:30pm the same Sunday, the Grand final between the two winners; Brookfields United Veteran FC and MoS/NSA started with a kick off by Lisie, Musu Pele Bangura and the Director of Sports, Haroun Korgie.

At the end of the 90 minutes, Brookfields United Veteran FC won 1-0. All the matches were officiated by officials of the Western Area Football Referees Association (WAFRA).

Brookfields United Veteran FC were crowned Champions of the first edition of the Director of Sports Trophy for 2022.

The Champions received a trophy, match ball plus cash prize. The Runners-up received a trophy plus match ball. Prizes for best player and best goalkeeper went to the winners.

In a special message from the newly appointed Director of Sports Haroun Korgie, he said the game of football brings the football family together and brings relative peace in the football environment.

“I am here to bring the sports family together. I want to involve all the sporting associations in my activity so that we can work as one United force.I need everybody onboard for the development of sports in the country”, he said.

He continued: “As the new DOS, this is my priority. I am also going to introduce the Veteran League for ex-players; we need them onboard to develop the game”

“As I end, let me say special thanks to the Minister of Sports, Ibrahim Nyelenkeh and team, Stadium Management, the various Veteran teams, SWASAL, community people, my organisers, etc, for making the two days football gala a success. God bless you all. By God’s grace in 2023, we will have the second Edition of Director of Sports Troph

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