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Headmistress Of Rising Sun Montessori School Faces Defamation Suit



The headmistress and entire management of Rising Sun Montessori School, Dome in Accra have been served a writ summoning them to court for defamation with damages being sought. The suit served on the 3rd of August, 2021 stems from a build-up of pockets of isolated incidents which has escalated to its current state. The headmistress amongst other things has not had a pleasant relation with the suing family; particularly the mother and her children. Information gathered indicates that the animosity has gone on for close to thirty-six months.

It is gathered that, the school authorities made a directive which restricted parents from entering the classrooms of their wards. Consequently, the mother of the suing family raised concerns about the general sanitation at the school at a Parent-Teacher meeting. This precipitated an allegation by the headmistress during a regular morning assembly that the children of the suing family had spread mumps, a salivary gland infection caused by virus in the school.

Unfortunately, this accusation was factually ungrounded. She later admitted that the allegation of spreading the mumps infection was borne out of anger after their mother had vehemently addressed the issue of sanitation in the school. Sometime in July, 2021, one of the three children of the suing family who all attend the same school was faced with an incident. He and one of his classmates had exchanged some unprintable words in a diary belonging to the latter. This correspondence was found by the mother of the other child who reported the matter to their class teacher.

The two pupils were called and warned by their class teacher. The matter eventually reached the headmistress, Mrs. Victoria Maku Otieku who according to her called both pupils to find out what transpired. The headmistress interrogated the pupils without their parents present but in the presence of their class teacher and an administrator. Considering the reverence pupils have for their teachers, it will be very difficult for them to be relaxed and answer without any nervousness. Interestingly, only one of the pupils was handed over a stringent punishment and a threat of being hauled to a juvenile court. This undoubtedly traumatised the lad to the extent that he didn’t want to go to school the next day. He eventually did after the intervening counselling of his father. The headmistress had done a private inquisition and had passed judgment without any recourse to the parents.

Contrary to her strong posture about respect, she is on record to have lambasted some parents in a derogatory manner on some social media platforms for Parent-Teacher interaction. Furthermore, she is on record to have said she needs her ego to run the school. Consequently, some parents have exited these platforms. The headmistress said she had decided to expel the children from the school. Every offence has to be clearly defined and an accompanying punitive measure established. Is her intention of expulsion commensurate to the misbehaviour? Again, why is only one of the pupils who wrote vulgar words being considered for dismissal? It seems the headmistress is trying to kill a housefly with a sledgehammer due to the alleged personal vendetta with their mother. The court hearing began on the 18th August, 2021 and has been adjourned to 11th October, 202. An update will be given as the matter unfolds.

Rising Sun Montessori School is a private limited liability company established in 2007 with the vision of building a chain of schools in Ghana. In the last five years the school has grown from one campus to three in Ghana. In the last ten years the school has grown to become one of the top tier private schools in Ghana offering the local educational curriculum.

Below is the Writ of Summons:

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Husband Of World Record Holder Agnes Tirop Arrested After Athlete’s Death



Police in Kenya have arrested the husband of record-breaking long-distance runner Agnes Tirop who was stabbed to death at her home.

Emmanuel Rotich, who was detained in the coastal city of Mombasa, will face charges once investigations are completed, an official said.

Ms Tirop, 25, was found dead on Wednesday in the western town of Iten, a training centre for top athletes.

She had finished fourth in this year’s Tokyo Olympic 5,000m final.

In 2019, she had won the 10,000m bronze at the 2019 World Athletics Championships.

Tributes have been pouring in for Ms Tirop from fellow athletes.

“She was an amazing young girl who was really working hard to be one of the top athletes in the world,” Julius Yego, Kenya’s former athletics captain, told the BBC World Service’s Newsday programme.

“She wanted to be the best and it was only a few weeks ago that she broke the world record for the 10km. Her successful career was still being crafted but unfortunately, someone decided the whole story cannot be written.”

During her career, Ms Tirop had success as both a junior – winning 5,000m bronze at world championships in 2012 and 2014 – and as a senior, winning the World Cross Country championships in 2015.

At the World Athletics Championships in 2017 and 2019, she won bronze in the 10,000m before finishing 0.75 seconds outside the medal places at the Tokyo Games two months ago.

Last month, she set a new world record of 30 minutes and one second, in Germany, for the 10km road race.

On Thursday, Athletics Kenya – the country’s governing body – suspended all athletics competition for two weeks as a mark of respect for Ms Tirop.

“We just lost a great talent. She was such a strong woman and committed to what she was doing,” said Mr Yego.

Asked how he would remember her, the Olympic javelin silver medallist replied: “A young lady who was so peaceful, so humble, always smiling.”

“You would never know when she was sad or angry,” he said, adding she had been incredibly “focussed on her training and her career”.

“We had a difficult day yesterday – it is still shocking. When you check on social media or TV, it is the sad news of Agnes. We are still collecting ourselves.”

On Wednesday, both the president of World Athletics, Sebastian Coe, and his counterpart at the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, spoke about the loss of Ms Tirop.

Former double Olympic champion Coe described her as “one of the world’s best female distance runners over the past six years”.

“Athletics has lost one of its brightest young stars in the most tragic circumstances,” he added. “This is a terrible blow to the entire athletics community, but especially to her family, her friends and Athletics Kenya.

“I send them all our most heartfelt condolences.”

Mr Bach hailed Ms Tirop as an inspiration in a post on Twitter.

Last month, Tirop set the 10km road race world record at the headquarters of her sponsors Adidas in Germany, with the sportswear giants also posting their condolences on social media.

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Raheem Sterling Open To Move Abroad If He Does Not Get More Game Time



Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling says he would be open to playing abroad if he does not get more game time at Etihad Stadium.

The England international, whose contract runs out in 2023, said he had dreamed “from a young age” of playing abroad.

“If there was the opportunity to go somewhere else, I would be open to it,” Sterling, 26, said.

“At this moment in time, football is the most important thing to me.”

“I have always had something that maybe one day I would love to play abroad and see how I meet that challenge.”

Sterling has started one Premier League game since the opening weekend of the season, although he was in Pep Guardiola’s side for the Champions League group stage defeat by Paris St-Germain on 28 September.

The arrival of England team-mate Jack Grealish from Aston Villa for £100m has increased competition for forward places at City, although the absence of Ferran Torres for at least a month with a fractured foot does reduce Guardiola’s options.

Sterling joined City from Liverpool in 2015 and has won the Premier League three times, the FA Cup once and the EFL Cup four times.

“I am not someone who complains,” he said, speaking at the FT Business of Sport US summit. “I have not tried to make it a bigger deal than it is. I am just raring to go, play football and score regularly.”

However, it is understood Sterling will not think about signing a new deal until he is playing regularly again, which does raise the possibility of fulfilling a lifelong ambition to play overseas.

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Former US President, Bill Clinton Hospitalized



Former US President Bill Clinton has been admitted at the University of California Irvine Medical Center’s intensive care unit for a urinary tract infection that spread to his bloodstream.

His doctors told CNN on Thursday October 14, that Clinton was in the ICU for privacy and safety, not because he needs intensive care. He is said to be in good spirits, talking to family and staff, and has been up and walking, according to both his doctors and his staff.

A joint statement released on Thursday evening by Dr. Alpesh Amin, chair of medicine at UC Irvine Medical Center, and Dr. Lisa Bardack, Clinton’s personal primary physician read;

“He was admitted to the ICU for close monitoring and administered IV antibiotics and fluids. He remains at the hospital for continuous monitoring.

“After two days of treatment, his white blood cell count is trending down and he is responding to antibiotics well. We hope to have him go home soon.”

The former President’s doctors said urologic infections are very common in older people, and they are easily treated, although they can quickly spread to the bloodstream. Clinton will be given intravenous antibiotics until Friday October 15, when he will likely be switched to oral antibiotics. His vital measurements are all stable, the doctors said.

In the years since Clinton left the White House in 2001, the former president has faced health scares. In 2004, he underwent quadruple bypass surgery after experiencing prolonged chest pains and shortness of breath. He returned to the hospital for surgery for a partially collapsed lung in 2005, and in 2010 had a pair of stents implanted in a coronary artery.

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