‘Fake’ Academic Credentials Chain Busted

first_imgHubs of several individuals claiming to be holders of terminal degrees from creditable foreign-based institutions have been discovered in Monrovia.Most of those in the web have reportedly been transitioning from one institution of higher learning in the country to other entities of substance.Those masquerading (cloaking, passing themselves off) with fake academic credentials were recently discovered to be mainly based in Monrovia, gainfully employed with various ministries, agencies and institutions of higher learning.Among the reported intellectual fraudsters were those destined for Gbarnga, Bong County, where the Cuttington University (CU) is said to be ripe for employment.Following the recent discovery of the ring of academic ‘fraudsters,’ it is being reported that among those involved are some highly placed officials, who should soon face investigation. The pending investigation is expected to be led by authorities at the National Commission on Higher Education (NCHE) and other stakeholders to include personnel from the Ministry of Justice (MOJ).According to documents in possession of the Daily Observer, some of the suspected academic ‘fraudsters’ have for many years, been misleading the public about their so-called academic achievements.Copies of some of the fake credentials in possession of this paper contain information highly inconsistent, contestable and debatable. For example, photo-copies of the ‘To Whom It May Concern,’ terminal degree of one of the academic fraudsters carries a different metric number against a purported transcript with a conflicting metric number.In another case, the date of graduation on one set of documents dating back to 2008 differs from the document’s transcript, dated 2005. Most of the documents involved are from ‘universities’ in Nigeria.  “These are some of the most sharp contrasts in the academic industry especially with intellectual property that must be well-arranged and structured,” one highly placed source in the country’s education sector observed.Additionally, one of the fakers, now gainfully employed with a Liberian-based entity, made his getaway after he reportedly submitted ‘fake credentials’ with misspelt words and poor grammar on the purported degree.Apparently, the board of interviewers missed a gross misspelling of ‘Columbia,’ printed on the submitted terminal degree; or did the Board decide to turn a blind eye?Our investigation discovered that one fraudster claimed that his documents had been issued by Columbia University, based in the Washington District of the United States of America. Columbia University is actually based in New York.The documents of another fraudster  contained two different spellings of the name of the same ‘graduate’ who claimed to be in possession of a terminal degree in education.Our investigation has further discovered that most of those involved with such academic fraud are acquainted with each other.The universities from which some of the individuals claimed to have graduated cannot be found online; when found, their names are never on the listing of any of the graduating classes.With this latest development in the educational sector of the country, both the Ministry of Education (MOE) and NCHE have promised to conduct separate investigations into the alleged academic scams.MOE’s director of communications, J. Maxime Bleetahn, confirmed the information on the fraudulent activities in the sector.He told this paper via mobile phone over the weekend that the Ministry will not take the allegations lightly because those acts are some of the academic frauds that have besmeared the country’s educational system.The discovery of people with false intellectual credentials was made recently following the discovery of one Ndien Peters with false credentials while serving as vice president for academic affairs at the St. Clements University. This situation compelled the NCHE to order the institution closed on grounds that it had employed an academic fraudster.Another incident included the recent exposure of a ‘fake’ degree granting institution—CUSWORTH International Business School— based somewhere in Fiama, 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

ExxonMobil Country Manager Rod Henson

first_imgUnited States (US) oil giant ExxonMobil said it has made significant progress when it comes to increasing its local workforce, by creating opportunities for more Guyanese to join their team.ExxonMobil Country Manager Rod HensonExxonMobil’s Country Manager, Rod Henson revealed that his company currently employs 585 or 52 per cent Guyanese. The company’s local office grew to 40 employees, of which 70 per cent are Guyanese, he said on Tuesday.Henson made this statement while delivering remarks at the Liza Phase 1 Development reception on Tuesday evening, where he noted that things are progressing smoothly as they should.In addition to that, Henson said Guyanese have joined the Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited (EEPGL) team and are serving in several professional capacities.These include facility engineers, materials management coordinator, management system coordinator, health and safety coordinator, and health and environment coordinator, among others.Speaking briefly on local content, Henson said over US$14 million was spent on Guyanese suppliers. Together with their contractors, the company has also utilised many local suppliers.About 50 per cent of ExxonMobil’s employees, contractors, and subcontractors are Guyanese. That is expected to grow. ExxonMobil has also opened the Centre for Local Business Development here to promote the establishment and growth of small and medium-sized local businesses.In essence, Henson said his company has been able to grow local business capacity and has made huge investments into the local economy, through a series of strategic development policies.Meanwhile, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman recommitted to ensuring that Guyana gets the best out of the nascent oil sector, and will use it to develop the nation further.The Minister also maintained that the renegotiated oil contract will benefit Guyana tremendously.Following mounting pressure from the Opposition, the Government through the Department of Public Information (DPI) reported that ExxonMobil utilised the services of 309 companies last year.Opposition Bharrat Jagdeo was the most recent person to make calls for Government to release the names of the local companies that ExxonMobil has utilised the services of.The report said for 2018, the oil giant also utilised the services of approximately 227 local suppliers. However, Government has, so far, only released the list of local suppliers for 2018.Among other things, ExxonMobil had said it “submits the list of companies to the Government on a quarterly basis,” while outlining that the “Government can verify the list and or attest to the public that we do in fact submit the data to the Government. Or the Government can choose to disclose the list.”While stakeholders were optimistic that the oil giant was utilising hundreds of local businesses, many had called for the names of the over 300 companies to be divulged.The Opposition Leader even said he found it “surprising that ExxonMobil has been relaying information to the coalition Government, on a quarterly basis, given the reticence of this Administration when it comes to keeping the Guyanese public informed of the developments in the oil and gas sector.”last_img read more

College academy to be introduced

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – Academy of the Canyons, the Hart District’s early college high school, is holding a series of information meetings starting today for students in grades 11 and 12 interested in revamping their education. Under a partnership with College of the Canyons, the Hart Union High School District program allows students to take four high school classes each semester and at least six units of college classes. By graduation, students typically have completed a year of college courses. Students get priority registration for college classes and can take those courses – which usually run about $60 per class – for free. Meetings to explain the application process will be held at 8tonight at Hart High School; Tuesday at Canyon High, March5 at Valencia High; and March8 at College of the Canyons. The school boasts individualized attention and smaller classes, but students interested in the program should be able to work independently. Academy students also have full access to the college’s resources. connie.llanos@dailynews.com (661) 257-5254 last_img read more

Reports – Real Madrid to make January move for Ramires

first_img1 Ramires in action for Chelsea Real Madrid are set to make a bid for Chelsea midfielder Ramires in the January transfer window, according to reports in Spain.Carlo Ancelotti is keen to bring the Brazilian international to the Bernabeu but the Spanish giants would have to offer up to £30m for his signature, the Italian website Tuttomercatoweb is reporting.Ramires, 27, has figured only three times in the Premier League season with Blues boss Jose Mourinho preferring Cesc Fabregas, Nemanja Matic and Willian in central areas across the midfield.The talented midfielder signed a new five-year deal at the Premier League leaders two years ago to tie him at Stamford Bridge until 2017 but Madrid are expected to step up their efforts to land their man next year.Ancelotti has stated recently he is keen to strengthen at the heart of his midfield and provide support for Toni Kroos and playmaker Luka Modric.last_img read more

Sunk cost of Sanchez holding Man Utd back

first_imgHowever, it is symptomatic of Alexis Sanchez’s decline in 16 months at United that the Chilean makes his comeback behind Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s pecking order.Sanchez signed reportedly the most lucrative contract in Premier League history when joining from Arsenal last January, earning close to £400,000 (Sh52mn) a week plus a series of bonuses.Unfortunately for the Red Devils, there has not been much cause for bonus payments as Sanchez has scored just five goals in 41 appearances for the club and only twice so far in his first full season at Old Trafford.Sanchez left Barcelona for the Premier League in 2014 in search of a more prominent role after being squeezed out by the arrival of Neymar at the Camp Nou and with Luis Suarez soon to complete a fearsome front three alongside Lionel Messi.Now into their thirties, Suarez and Messi still pose Barca’s biggest threats, combining for 66 goals this season.By contrast, a hard-running style and years of grind for club and country seem to have burned Sanchez out having just turned 30 in December.In four consecutive summers between 2014 and 2017, he helped Chile reach the last 16 of the World Cup, win two Copa America titles in two years and then make the final of the Confederations Cup.So durable for much of his career, Sanchez’s time at United has been permeated not only by poor performances but a series of injuries.Falling down the pecking order in a Barca squad laced with star talent and built around arguably the best player ever in Messi is one thing.Now Sanchez is a mere spectator even to a United side that has scored just once in five Champions League home games this season and failed to manage a single shot on target in the first leg against Barca.The splash on Sanchez’s contract also threatens to cost the club dearly, either in lucrative new deals, or losing some of their best players.Solskjaer credited a fortunate 2-1 win over West Ham on Saturday to a stunning save from David de Gea.“We have one of the best goalkeepers in the world,” said the Norwegian, but De Gea’s future is far from certain as he holds out for a pay packet at least on par with Sanchez with his current contract set to expire in 2020.Paul Pogba is also in talks over a new contract and reportedly wants to be the club’s highest earner if United are to ward off interest from Real Madrid.A run of four defeats and two highly unconvincing 2-1 home wins over Watford and West Ham since United stunned Paris Saint-Germain with a 3-1 win in the French capital to make the last eight has laid bare how much surgery is needed on Solskjaer’s squad, even if they hold onto De Gea and Pogba.Instead, it is Sanchez they would love to ship out if a buyer can be found to fund his wages.A Champions League quarter-final at the Camp Nou is exactly the sort of stage United’s number seven was signed for.But with a £75,000 appearance fee included in his contract, it seems Solskjaer and United have decided there is little point throwing good money after bad.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Alexis Sanchez returns to Barcelona on Tuesday a peripheral figure with Manchester United © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 15 – Manchester United travel to Barcelona on Tuesday needing another miraculous Champions League fightback from a 1-0 first-leg defeat on home soil to make the semi-finals.The return of the club’s highest earner from a six-week injury layoff to make the voyage to Catalonia in such circumstances should be a source of inspiration.last_img read more

37 foreign nationals face criminal charges

first_img Since Operation Community Shield was launched in February 2005, ICE agents nationwide have arrested more than 5,000 gang members and associates. Locally, ICE agents in Los Angeles have made more than 500 arrests since the initiative’s inception. ICE will continue to use its broad immigration authorities, both criminal and administrative, against gang members, as well as its customs authorities to target gang-related narcotics smuggling and money laundering activities. Operation Community Shield also involves strong cooperation with existing federal, state, and local anti-gang efforts. ———————————————– For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In the continuing crackdown on illegal criminal immigrants, 37 foreign nationals face federal criminal charges or deportation following the second of two major enforcement operations within as many weeks by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement targeting aliens with ties to violent street gangs in the San Fernando Valley. The latest arrests came as more than 200 ICE agents fanned out across the Valley this morning and in several other communities searching for foreign national gang members. Today’s operation, which netted 28 arrests, is the second of two major enforcement actions carried out by ICE targeting aliens linked to 15 violent Valley-based street gangs. The first operation, which took place September 20, resulted in nine gang members and gang associates being taken into custody. Among those arrested by ICE agents today was Jorge Torres, 31, a reputed member of the Project Boys, whose criminal record includes prior convictions for drug charges as well as battery on a police officer. Torres, who has been previously deported five times, has been indicted by the United States Attorney’s Office for re-entry after deportation, a felony that carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Most of the remaining targets were taken into custody on administrative immigration violations. They will be held in ICE custody and scheduled for a deportation hearing before an immigration judge. “The people targeted in these operations are career criminals who often prey on members of the immigrant community,” said Robert Schoch, special agent in charge for the ICE office of investigations in Los Angeles. “We want to send a clear message to foreign national gang members that ICE intends to deal strongly with those who ignore our immigration laws and place our neighborhoods at risk.” Operation Community Shield is an ongoing nationwide initiative in which ICE is partnering with other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to address the public safety threat posed by transnational gangs. The strategy uses criminal prosecutions and administrative immigration arrests to disrupt gang activity and dismantle the organizations. The foreign nationals arrested as part of these latest ICE enforcement actions in Los Angeles are linked to more than a dozen different street gangs, including Canoga Park Alabama, San Fer, Vineland Boys, and Blythe Street. In addition to the San Fernando Valley, ICE agents made arrests today in Los Angeles and Palmdale. The majority of the gang members arrested by ICE in the two operations are from Mexico, but the group also includes foreign nationals from El Salvador and Guatemala.last_img read more

Video: Memphis Depay’s individual highlights against Club Brugge

first_imgManchester United new boy Memphis Depay has finally shown the Old Trafford faithful what he’s all about with a brilliant display against Club Brugge.The Dutchman had done farily well in their two Premier League games this season but might just have won over any doubters with a superb two-goal display against the Belgians.They were two huge goals too as they had to come from behind against their opponents in the Champions League qualifier following Michael Carrick’s eighth minute own goal.Marouane Fellaini’s strike seconds before the final whistle made it 3-1 to Manchester United in the first leg but Depay’s performance was the bright point for most supporters.You can see Memphis Depay’s individual highlights against Club Brugge above…last_img read more

Davis: Arnold won’t lose power after election

first_imgWASHINGTON – Even if Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s measures lose in the Nov. 8 special election, he will remain a powerhouse in California, his ousted predecessor said Friday. Former Gov. Gray Davis, now a private attorney and a policy fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles, predicted a “split” on Schwarzenegger’s four initiatives on the ballot. Popular support has been lacking for the four Schwarzenegger-backed measures that would increase his power over the budget, change the state redistricting process, limit union political contributions and make it harder for teachers to get tenure. But Davis dismissed Democrats and others who say a major loss next month could cripple Schwarzenegger’s chances in his campaign to retain the governor’s seat in 2006. “Anyone writing Arnold’s political obituary is making a mistake,” said Davis, a Democrat himself. “Even if all his initiatives are voted down, he still will be a formidable force in 2006.” Speaking before a conference at the University of California Washington Center, Davis said he believes Schwarzenegger has become more partisan and needs to find the common ground he once had with Republicans and Democrats alike. “Arnold is uniquely capable of doing a mea culpa and starting anew down a bipartisan path,” Davis said. “He’s very charming. People want to like him. People want to forgive him.” Former state Senate minority leader Jim Brulte, also speaking at the conference, said he also rejected the idea that Schwarzenegger’s political future rides on the results of the special election. “Anybody that will suggest (that) an act 12 months before an election will impact that election; there’s no basis to believe that,” he said. Davis said he thinks voters are more forgiving when it comes to losing ballot measures. “People don’t resent you putting an initiative on the ballot, because its fate is in their hands. What they get upset about is when they have no recourse,” he said. “This election is just not going to determine the governor’s fate in 2006.” Lisa Friedman, (202) 662-8731 lisa.friedman@langnews.com AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want 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

Delight as Buncrana Tidy Towns wins fifth gold medal at national awards

first_imgBuncrana Tidy Towns have won their fifth gold medal in the national SuperValu Tidy Towns competition it was announced Monday. The town also claimed the regional and the overall Tidy Towns Pollinator Plan award for a large town.The initiative has been hailed by the community for their great work especially following the 2017 floods in Inishowen. Speaking following their success, a Tidy Towns Buncrana said: “We are so grateful to George McDermott for guiding this work. This is a huge achievement.“Huge thanks to our volunteers for all their hard work and to their families for supporting them throughout the year.“Special thanks to all the community groups that work with us, Donegal County Council and to you, our neighbours and friends, for all your encouragement.”Buncrana Councillor, Jack Murrary, said it was ‘no less than the volunteers deserved’. He said: “Fair play to Buncrana Tidy Towns Initiative on securing yet another gold medal at the national awards today! ”“It’s no less than their volunteers deserve and I’ve no doubt that they’ll win Ireland’s Tidiest Town title very soon.“The huge amount of work they do is incredible and they deserve every bit of help the council can give. We as councillors have a duty to work to ensure they get it.”Delight as Buncrana Tidy Towns wins fifth gold medal at national awards was last modified: September 30th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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