The Baby Who Was Kept in the Closet

first_imgThe touching story of Dynasty, who in 2004, sat behind bars pregnant in Westminster, Maryland, USA, and wasn’t released until her deportation back to Liberia two years after the child was born, just went viral after her daughter found her through Facebook.“I have been searching for her through adoption searches and stuff but never knew that she was looking for me, too. I created a Facebook page using my real name months back in hopes of attracting all friends, not knowing that something so special to me would be found,” she added.Destiny, the shy and timid teenager who bears a strong resemblance to her mother, was on February 9, 2017 reunited with her mother while searching through the internet. Destiny says she has been ‘dying to see her mother’ and wasn’t upset about how they were reunited.“When my mother answered the call, my heart dropped. There she was, and smiling with one of the most beautiful smiles I have ever seen. Then she started crying, and then she disappeared. I could hear her but could only see a wall. I thought to myself, my mother must really miss me,” Destiny shared.For Dynasty though, seeing her child so calm, happy and anxious to see her again despite putting Destiny through the things she had to go through, was overwhelming.“I thought I would start off by saying sorry, but instead there she was smiling and glaring into my eyes with love, satisfaction and I couldn’t help it. I cried hard,” Dynasty said.In 2004, while Dynasty faced a ‘nasty’ court battle to stay in America, she discovered that she was pregnant the day she was placed behind bars. For the whole nine months of her pregnancy, she said she went through trauma, assault and constant depression.According to Dynasty, there came a time when she was placed in solitary confinement for her own good.“I remember having one of my court hearings and begging my lawyer to allow me to be deported so I wouldn’t have to leave my child behind. They told me about the law that prohibited me from going anywhere at the time and I was forced to have my baby while handcuffed and shackled,” she recalled.“We spent four days in the hospital after I had the caesarean section and I couldn’t stop crying. The nurses said I was the saddest mother they had ever come across and I was sedated almost the entire time I was on bed. But I remember her touch, rubbing her feet and fingers. No mother should have to go through that ever,” she sadly said. Destiny was released and picked up by Dynasty’s grandmother Adel, who was not allowed under any circumstances to have children or pets residing at her ‘special’ residence for elders.Sneaking the sleeping infant into her apartment building on a cold and icy day in January 2004, Destiny lived behind closed doors for two years without anyone knowing she was there. But Latter Day Saints church members and a small close-knit group of friends knew the story behind the child that appeared out of nowhere, and they did all they could to help Adel.“Destiny had nothing and we could not locate her father because her mother refused to show who he was for fear that his family would take her away from me. Dynasty tried so hard to keep the child a secret, even her family did not know about the baby living in my house.“Whenever the housing owners would check on us the elders, I’d hide baby Destiny in my room, or in a closet until the coast was clear. She lived like this until one day I fell ill and there was no way to even pick Destiny up, so I called on the church to find a family to take the child,” Adel added.Meanwhile, Dynasty never knew who had her daughter, while she lived half a world away. She fought to survive in a place that she said makes no sense to her. Dynasty said she set aside thinking of her daughter to focus on how to survive in Africa.“I have spent many days searching for my daughter at the internet café where I work but after some time I gave up. Luckily I decided to open a Facebook account using my real name when I received a message asking if I was ever living in Maryland. The account name was that of girl and I knew right away that it was important that I answer the call; and there she was,” added Dynasty.Destiny said she knows that her grandmother is now resting in peace.“Being here with everyone is as if I am here physically with my mother,” Destiny captioned on Facebook.Although Dynasty was not around when Destiny was with her nana, she was however there to see her baby girl smile and shed tears with her through Skype.“I’ve spent hours, days and years searching for this child not knowing that she was searching for me, too. It is a good thing that I used my real name on my Facebook page where she was able to trace me,” Dynasty added.Due to the nature of this story, all names have been changed.Destiny was a little over two years old when she was put up for adoption. “The church didn’t want us to lose her so they did everything they could to find a family for her,” her great grandmother said.Two years before Destiny was adopted, her mother Dynasty had a complicated life, one that started Destiny’s seclusion and adoption.“When I became pregnant with her, INS (now Homeland Security) decided I should be deported. I had messed up and they wanted me gone,” Dynasty shared.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

File sent to Police Legal Advisor – SOCU Head

first_imgNew Demerara bridge corruption probe…as Unit completes investigationThe Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) has completed its investigation into the sole-sourced feasibility study contract for the new Demerara River bridge, with the file now in the hands of the Police Legal Advisor.The contract for the feasibility study was awarded to Dutch company LievenseCSOThis was confirmed by SOCU Head, Assistant Police Commissioner (retired) Sydney James on Monday. In a brief interview with Guyana Times, James noted that the file has been in the hands of the Legal Adviser, Justice (retired) Claudette Singh, for several weeks.The contract in question was awarded to Dutch company LievenseCSO, for a feasibility study into the new Demerara River bridge. The Opposition requested that the Public Procurement Commission (PPC) investigate the award of the $148 million sole-sourced contract.In its report on the matter, the Commission flagged Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson for requesting from Cabinet that the contract be sole sourced, instead of being processed through the Procurement Board as the law says should be done.After agitation from the parliamentary Opposition, SOCU had begun investigating the contract award. Right from the start, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had stressed the need for the Unit to avoid showing favouritism to Patterson, particularly at a time when Opposition politicians were being brought into SOCU for questioning on other matters.For some time, the Opposition criticised the fact that Minister Patterson was not summoned for questioning, but was instead allowed to provide statements to SOCU – in contrast to the treatment meted out to the Opposition during the Pradoville probe. Eventually, however, SOCU did bring the Minister in for questioning on November 19, 2018.Besides the LievenseCSO contract, probes were also requested by Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira and Opposition parliamentarian Juan Edghill, into the D’Urban Park Project and the Sussex Street drug bond. In a letter to the Commission’s Chairperson, Carol Corbin, Edghill had identified aspects of the project the Party was most concerned about.The Opposition had noted that despite promises to the contrary, no account of donations received between September 2015 and January 2016 was made public. It, therefore, queried the procurement process used for works on the project.The scope a private company has to engage contractors and receive funding for a public project also came into question. The party queried the budgeted and actual costs throughout the project, as well as the final cost. In addition, the Party had demanded information on what payments were made to individuals and contractors up to June.In the case of the controversial Sussex Street, Albouystown bond Government has since ceased renting, Edghill also approached the PPC to call for an investigation into the contract inked between the Public Health Ministry and a known financier of the coalition Administration.The former Government Minister had wanted the Procurement Commission to investigate specifically how a contract for a bond for the storage of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies was sole-sourced from an entity that did not own and/or operate such a facility and further “how was the company’s primary Director, Larry Singh, made aware that a drug bond was needed”.last_img read more

Ipswich v Norwich Preview: The Neil Adams Verdict

first_imgNorwich boss Neil Adams joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to look ahead to this weekend’s East Anglia derby against Ipswich at Portman Road.And the Canaries chief insists this match is as fiercely contested as any derby anywhere in the country.last_img

Classic transfer: Liverpool sign best young goal scorer in the country

first_img Ian Rush scored 346 goals in 660 games for Liverpool 1 Nobody is more aware of Liverpool’s need for a striker than manager Brendan Rodgers.The Reds’ lack of a goal scorer was highlighted further on Friday, with it being exactly 35 years ago – 1 May, 1980 – since the club signed Ian Rush from Chester.His £300,000 transfer fee was a British record for a teenager, but if the player had gotten his way, the club would have missed out on one of football’s greatest strikers.Not long after joining Bob Paisley’s team he wanted out, feeling he was not being given a chance to prove himself, but the manager had no intention of letting him go.It took Rush nine games to finally score for Liverpool and he soon establish his importance, helping the club to dominate at home and in Europe during the 1980s.In addition to his well stocked trophy cabinet, the result of five league titles, three FA Cups, five League Cups and two European Cups, Rush had to make room for a string of personal awards, too.Three years after his move, he was the PFA Young Player of the Year and Player of the Year in 1984, while his goals saw him win countless top scorer awards – in total he scored 346 in 660 games for Liverpool in two spells for the club.It’s not going to be easy for Rodgers to find someone as prolific as Rush, but players like Danny Ings and Christian Benteke are a start. Anything is better than Mario Balotelli and Fabio Borini, right?last_img read more

Mourinho celebrates as last gasp Manchester United comeback stuns Juventus

first_img The Red Devils’ joy intensified when the winner was bundled over the line Manchester United produced a stunning comeback at Juventus to secure a late 2-1 Champions League win that will live long in the memory.A fortnight on from being wholly outclassed by the Serie A champions at Old Trafford, the notable improvements made by Jose Mourinho’s side looked set to be undone by a moment of brilliance. Jose Mourinho strolled into the middle of the pitch and cupped his ear after the final whistle 5 5 5 GROUP TABLE 5center_img United could scarcely have wished of better preparation for Sunday’s derby clash at swashbuckling Manchester City as the headlines were snatched away from Ronaldo.Sami Khedira and Paulo Dybala hit the woodwork either side of half-time despite United’s improved display, which looked like it would be undone by their former hero meeting a Leonardo Bonucci clipped pass with an astonishing volley. Juventus threatened more goals but United dug deep and produced another memorable victory in Turin.Mata came off the bench to equalise with a superb free-kick in the 86th minute and another set piece would produce a last-gasp winner, with Ashley Young’s free-kick eventually going in off Sandro and sending the visitors wild. Juan Mata’s equaliser looked to have snatched a point for United 5 Ronaldo’s volley will be replayed again and again, but it counted for nothing as United dug deep to produce a famous response.Juan Mata’s sumptuous free-kick hushed the Juventus faithful and Alex Sandro’s late own goal secured a win in Turin that breathes new life into the visitors’ Champions League campaign.Mourinho certainly enjoyed the victory, going onto the pitch at full-time and cupping his ear to jeers from the crowd. A fitting end to a mad evening. Ronaldo celebrated his sensational opener by showing his six pack last_img read more


first_imgHe may have started in Cathal Flood’s hardware shop for just £6 per day but well-known financial adviser and businessman Paul Gallagher has become of one the town’s most successful businessmen.He lets us in on a few of his secrets and tells us why we should invest our few euro wisely until the recession passes!What is your career and what do you do? As an independent financial advisor I give advice on all aspects of Life Assurance, Investments, Pensions and MortgagesTell us about your first job and how much were you paid?As a school boy I worked Saturdays and holidays in Cathal Flood’s hardware shop Lower Main Street Letterkenny as a general shop assistant. I was paid the princely of £6 pound per day.What was your first success in business? To achieve the position of Broker consultant with Zurich Insurance in the city of London at age 23.Name the one local or international business person you look up to?Bill Cullen – well known Business man, writer and T.V personality. What he has achieved in business is phenomenal considering his humble background.What has been your biggest mistake in business?Nothing that springs to mind except perhaps one or two business opportunities during the boom that I reneged on. What is the most valuable piece of advice you have ever been given?The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is a little extra – always go that extra mile.What advice would you give to someone starting out in business today?The old saying ‘Customer is King’ always look after your clients, make sure they are getting value for money while insuring that the service they receive is of the highest quality. What one item would you take with you to a desert island and why?Probably a speed boat as I would probably get bored after a few months.What item can you not do without?Unfortunately I would have to say the mobile phone.What item would you prefer to do without?I would have to say the lawnmower. I seem to end up cutting the lawn earlier every year.What do you do in your spare time (if you have any)?I attend the gym, I coach Glenswilly under 10 Gaelic team and Letterkenny Rovers underage teams. Having two young children, Sarah and Sean and my wife Helen’s many demands I don’t have much spare time.When will you retire?If the current economic climate continues probably never.What’s your tip to surviving the recession?One of the best ways to stay stable in times of economic recession is to save your money and spend wisely. Look for value for money at all times and prepare for a rainy day. The household bills are most people’s main concern but it has become very competitive out there thus are deals to be had so shop around.What one thing would you do if you were Finance Minister to help business?As we are in the North West we have to compete with our neighbours across the border and one way of doing this is to lower the minimum wage thus enabling to keep staff in jobs and also allow new business.EndsBUSINESS PROFILE – PAUL GALLAGHER – FINANCIAL ADVISER was last modified: May 6th, 2011 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:business profileletterkennyPaul Gallagherlast_img read more


first_imgSinn Féin EU Candidate for the Midlands NorthWest Constituency Matt Carthy has, along with Donegal Sinn Féin TDs Pearse Doherty and Pádraig MacLochlainn, outlined the party’s 10 proposals to boost the Small and Medium Enterprises sector in the Colab Small Businesses Development Centre in Letterkenny IT.Speaking after presenting Sinn Féin’s policy document ‘Putting SME’s First’to Patsy Donaghy, Manager of the Centre, Matt Carthy said:  “I was delighted to have the opportunity to launch this document in the Colab, which does tremendous work in supporting small and medium enterprises in Donegal.“The Colab provides a wide range of services to start ups and existing small businesses from the development of Business Ideas to sourcing investment, funding, premises and ultimately creating jobs. I commend them on their fantastic work, which will be further complemented by the establishment of the Science and Technology Park in the near future. “However, despite the commendable work being undertaken by facilities such as the Colab, it is clear that Government intervention is required to address many of the issues facing Small and Medium Businesses on a daily basis.“The greatest potential for jobs growth in this State is within the Small and Medium Enterprises sector (SME’s). Almost 70% of people employed in Ireland are employed in this sector.“The focus of successive Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fáil governments, however, has always been on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) – something the current Government revisited again in its latest ‘Jobs action plan’.“An overemphasis on FDI has left the SME sector struggling. They are the life-blood of the Irish economy, and cannot be neglected. “SMEs made huge sacrifices throughout the recession. Some 128,000 jobs were lost in the sector between 2008 and 2012.“In Donegal, many towns and villages have been affected by business closures in recent years and the domestic economy has suffered due to a lack of ideas from the current Government on how to address the relevant issues. There has been little debt write-off, few legislative changes to assist them and a clear lack of focus from Government when it comes to SMEs.“Sinn Féin believes that there are 10 steps that can be taken to effectively assist SMEs to develop and create jobs now.“Our proposals, which we outline in detail, are to increase consumer demand; abolish upward only rents; tackle utility costs and rates; revive ‘Brand Ireland’; open up procurement; end unnecessary license delays; resolve SME distress and priorities access to credit; increase labour intensive infrastructure investment and to tackle the costs of doing business on the border.“For Sinn Féin, SMEs are the priority when it comes to fostering indigenous industry and ensuring job creation. “I strongly urge this government to consider our proposals as a matter of urgency for the SME sector.”ELECTION 2014: CARTHY IN LETTERKENNY TO LAUNCH BUSINESS PROPOSALS was last modified: April 7th, 2014 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:business proposalsElection CampaignMatt Carthylast_img read more


first_imgIt was yet another fantastic weekend at Voodoo Venue as revellers flocked to the No.1 night-club in the North-West.Every weekend, Donegal Daily in conjunction with Voodoo Venue team-up to give one lucky reveller pictured enjoying themselves at the weekend the opportunity to win FREE entry for FOUR and a FREE bottle of champagne on arrival.If you’re circled in the pictures above , then contact Voodoo Venue via Facebook ASAP to claim your wonderful prize. Tonight it’s HIJACKED TUESDAY’S in Voodoo and it promises to be another cracking night’s entertainment.For more information on tonight, check out their Facebook page for more details.  VOODOO VENUE WEEKEND PICTURE – HAVE YOU WON FREE ENTRY AND CHAMPAGNE was last modified: October 7th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:home-page featuresNews Entertainmentpicture specialVoodoo Venuelast_img read more

UPDF survive third quarter scare to defeat KCCA in NBL

first_imgUPDF Tomahawks registered their second win of the season on Wednesday (New Vision Photo)FUBA National Basketball League 2018-Regular SeasonKCCA Men 54-62 UPDF TomahawksYMCA, WandegeyaWednesday, 20-06-2017The UPDF Tomahawks overcame KCCA Men, 62-54 in the game played on Wednesday in the National Basketball league, Men’s division.Despite winning the first two quarters comfortably, the Army side had to hold off a spirited KCCA side that ensured that the scores where level going into the last (quarter).It was a tight a fair in the first quarter as both teams where neck to neck and with just over four minutes played; the scores where level at 4-4.UPDF started pulling away and by the time Felix Mukunzi sank a two-with just over a minute to play in quarter, KCCA were trailing by eight, the same difference that was maintained until the sound of the buzzer with the score board reading 19-11.Despite Waters Brian registering the first points of the second quarter, UPDF picked off from where they had left as Andrew Okot scored six of their 19-quarter points to ensure a 12 point lead going into half-time with the board reading 38-26 in the Army side’s favour.However in the third, KCCA proved that they would not go down so easily, scoring the first nine points of the quarter and in process bringing the deficit to within a mere three points, 35-38.With 54 seconds on the clock, KCCA’s Richard Ongom threw down a three point to bring the game level at 46-46, the first tie since four minutes into the first quarter.KCCA took their first lead in the game after throwing down the first three points of the final quarter. UPDF captain Moses Muhumuza made 2/2 of his free throws and his side regained the lead with just less than five minutes to play, score board reading 51-52.From there, Muhumuza scored seven of his teams last 10 points of the fourth and ensured that they seal a 62-54 win.Muhumuza top scored for his side with 13 points. He added four rebounds and one assist to his display off the bench.Felix Mukunzi was the other one who reached double figures for the army side with 12 points of his own, adding three rebounds and two assists.For KCCA, Waters Brian scored a game high 20 points adding four rebounds, four assists and two blocks.Francis Mbuyi, Enoch Munyagwa and Richard Ongom each registered eight points in KCCA’s losing effort.This was only UPDF’s second win over the season after defeating Ndejje Angels 76-70 in their second game. The Army side has lost the other nine games as their record stands at 2-9.For KCCA, They have lost all of their last six games in the league and seat second from bottom with a 2-8 record.In the Women’s division, UCU lady Canons inflicted a sixth league loss of the season to Javon Lady Phenoms.UCU defeated Javon Lady Phenoms in the Women divisionThe University side cruised from start to finish as the won the game by a whopping 41 points with the score board reading 66-25.UCU restricted the Phenoms to only two points in the first quarter, both of which were from the free-throw line with Faith Apio and Irene Akella both converting one of their two throws.The Phenoms looked to have improved in the second quarter, letting in only 12 points, a reduction of eight from the first and although they improved their points tally too, by six, it was not enough to stop the Canons from going into half time leading 32-8.The third quarter was more of a contest as UCU won it 16-15 and the score board read 48-23 going into the last 10 minutes.UCU produced another master-class in the final quarter, restricting the Phenoms to just two points while the University side registered 18 of their own to win the game 66-25.Lady Javon Phenoms’ two points in the last quarter were scored by their captain, Grace with just under a minute to play.UCU’s Among Annet top scored on the night with 14 points, adding four rebounds to her game.For the Phenoms, Ruth Atuhaire top scored for them with nine points and six rebounds.The win was UCU’s fourth of the season in six games while the Phenoms are still searching for only their second victory of the campaign.Their only win this season came thanks to a 53-45 win over the UMU Ravens last week.Action in both divison resumes on Friday, 22-06-2018 with the Javon Lady Phenoms taking on A1 Challenge (Ladies) while KIU Titans and BetWay Power lock horns in the Mens.Comments Tags: Javon Lady PhenomsKCCA MenNBLUCU Lady CanonsUPDF Tomahawkslast_img read more

Photos: The Loma Prieta earthquake’s devastation

first_imgClick here if you are unable to view this gallery on a mobile device.On Oct. 17, 1989, at 5:04 p.m., as people were heading home and Game 3 of the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland A’s was about to start at Candlestick Park, the Loma Prieta earthquake, with a magnitude of 6.9, hit the San Francisco Bay Area. 63 people died, mainly in the collapsed double decked Nimitz Freeway cypress structure.Almost 4000 suffered injuries in the quake.last_img