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MOU Fraudster Gets US$10,000 Fine

first_imgRamson George, principal of Elder John Massey Junior High School, has been fined US$10,000 by the Civil Law Court, at the Temple of Justice.George was held liable (guilty) of forging the signature the late Bishop Philip Teah, to prepare a 25-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), to run the affairs of  the Elder John Massey Junior High School.The court also cancelled the fraudulent agreement and subsequently returned the school’s ownership to the Calvary Pentecostal Redemption Church.Principal George is the brain behind the preparation of the fraudulent agreement between the school and the church, the court said.The church’s school is situated in the Logan Town Community in Monrovia.Confirming their unanimous verdict on Wednesday, October 22, Judge Emery Paye declared that the “unanimous guilty verdict of the jury panel is hereby confirmed and affirmed. Defendant    Ramson W. George is also fined US$10,000 and is authorized to immediately return the school to its legitimate owner, the Calvary Pentecostal Redemption Church.” The document  allegedly prepared by the church and  probated on May 27, 2004, at the Monthly and Probate Court for Montserrado County and copied to the Daily Observer, carried the signatures of David Sieh,  chairman, school’s board, Ramson W. George, principal,  T. Augustine Nyenswah, vice principal and H. Slewion Forh, registrar.David Sieh, whose name appeared on the fraudulent agreement, as chairman of the school’s board, is believed to be a relative of  the  Bishop Philip Teah,  founder of the  Calvary Pentecostal Redemption Church.The fake document had in it, “Authorization to run the affairs of the Elder John Massey Junior High School.”It further quoted the church as saying, “We the undersigned representatives, senior executives and authorities of the Calvary Pentecostal Redemption Church Inc, hereby turn over the Elder John Massey Junior High School to the Logan Town Community through and by its representatives in person of David Sieh, chairman, school’s board, Ramson W. George, principal, T. Augustine Nyenswah, vice principal and H. Slewion Forh, registrar.”It alleged, among other things, that “The decision by the Church to turn over the school to the community is predicated upon the below listed factors and reasons.”The document went ahead to name the reasons as follows: the inability of the Church to adequately run the day-to-day affairs of the school, due to lack of training and commitment of our church members in the field of education.”It maintained, “Lack of development vision to change the infrastructure of the school since 1991.”It also mentioned “the lack of trained and professional teachers to stimulate the increase in enrollment and learning environment of the school.”Therefore, the document quoted the church as saying, “The Elder John Massy School shall be in their care as proprietors for the development until they (the community) shall deem it necessary to turn over the school to us (the Church), if they think they are unable to achieve the goals for which the school has been given to them.Meanwhile, it further maintained,” “the school shall make available 25% of the bank balance, after the operations of each year to the Church as its tithe and the MOU shall be binding for a period of 25 years beginning May 27, 2004.”Henceforth, the document concluded, “the community has all rights and privileges over the running of the day-to-day and development of the Elder John Massy School.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kwan is still in the spotlight

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Only the winner of the women’s event is guaranteed a spot on the Olympic team, with the federation’s International Committee selecting the other two athletes after the free skate tonight. There are 35 people on the committee, but at least nine will have to recuse themselves because of personal or professional conflicts; a simple majority is needed. The committee will base its selection on how athletes fared at six competitions. They are, in order of importance: nationals; the 2005 Grand Prix final; the 2005 world championships; the 2005 Four Continents championships; the 2005 Junior Grand Prix final; and the 2005 world junior championships. Kwan also had to be examined by a doctor selected by U.S. Figure Skating to prove she was physically ready to compete in Turin. “She was seen by a doctor at his office (on Thursday) and had a complete examination of the groin injury,” Kwan’s agent, Shep Goldberg, told The Associated Press. Neither Kwan nor U.S. Figure Skating had seen the report as of Friday afternoon. Goldberg also said Kwan resumed jumping again Friday for the first time since Dec. 17. Fans are wearing buttons and T-shirts supporting Kwan, a Rim of the World graduate. Each of the top women has been asked repeatedly what she thinks, and coaches and choreographers have weighed in, too. Even men’s contender Evan Lysacek had his pre-event news conference hijacked by Kwan questions. “No, I’m not surprised that it’s a huge deal,” Ron Hershberger, president of U.S. Figure Skating, said Friday. “Michelle has been a marvelous champion. She’s a terrific athlete. It’s clear that skating fans everywhere adore her, and they should. She’s been a terrific image for the sport of figure skating, so I’m not surprised that there’s all this attention.” ST. LOUIS — Even from half a country away, Michelle Kwan is dominating the national championships. The nine-time champion is missing the U.S. Figure Skating Championships for the first time since 1991, at home in California nursing a groin injury. But she has petitioned for a spot on the Olympic team, and the “Should she or shouldn’t she?” debate has sparked far more interest than anything happening on the ice. center_img “Definitely, she’s earned it,” said Kimmie Meissner, who was in fourth place after the short program and one of the skaters at risk of being bumped if Kwan is selected. “She has a pretty good track record. Since I don’t have to make the decision, I’m glad.” Most years, putting Kwan on the Olympic team would be a no-brainer. She is the most popular skater since Scott Hamilton, and has helped bring untold millions — fans and dollars — to the sport. Her longevity and success — she has won five world titles and Olympic silver and bronze medals — have made her one of those rare celebrity athletes who transcends her sport. But she has skated sparingly in recent years, and was sidelined for most of this season first by a hip injury and then by the groin injury. She did do an invitational in early December, but failed to land a triple jump. She also struggled in her only competition under the new judging system. Her fourth-place finish at the world championships last spring was her worst since 1995. “It’s (U.S. Figure Skating’s) job to pick three skaters that will place the highest at the Olympics,” said Sasha Cohen, who had a comfortable lead after the short program. “I really am not too deep in the politics of U.S. Figure Skating, but I definitely think whoever it is that doesn’t get to go would be devastated.” Kwan knows that all too well. Then 13, she finished second at the 1994 nationals but was left off the Olympic team when Nancy Kerrigan was awarded a medical bye. It was the last time a skater petitioned for an Olympic spot. “Michelle’s been to a couple of Games already,” Cohen said. “But then again, it’s the United States’ job to send the best team, the strongest skaters.” Whether she wins or not, Cohen is considered a lock for the team. That means Emily Hughes, Beatrisa Liang, Meissner and Alissa Czisny are the ones vying for the remaining spots or spot. “I think that there’s probably only two spots. Maybe only one because you could almost say Sasha will win,” Meissner said. “So it’s kind of tough.” Or is it? Assuming Cohen makes the team, and looking at the other competitions the committee will consider, Kwan seems to come out on top. She was the only one to compete at the world championships last year, and she finished fourth. Czisny was sixth at the Grand Prix final, and Liang was seventh at Four Continents last year. Hughes has a bronze medal from the 2005 junior worlds. Kwan also has scored better under the new judging system. Even though her performance at last year’s world championships was far from her best, she scored a 61.22 in the short program and a 113.98 in the free skate for a total of 175.20 points. Of the other four skaters, the best scores are 59.11 (Hughes) for the short, 110.80 (Meissner) for the free skate and 168.32 (Czisny) for the final total. “I don’t have control over what place they give me. I have control over what I do on the ice,” Liang said. “Whatever they decide is what they decide. As long as I put out my best, that’s all I can do.” 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