31 Aug

Barbados police detain head of offshore University

first_imgPolice have detained the chief executive officer of the Washington University of Barbados, Gopi Venkat Rao, after he was linked to a scheme that swindled hundreds of students of thousands of dollars.Venkat Rao is wanted in India amid allegations that he had promised the students admission to foreign medical universities. Soon after his arrest on Friday, nearly 200 students gathered for a meeting with a high level government team led by the Minister of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs Cynthia Forde and including Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of People Empowerment Neil Rowe, and officials from the ministries of labor,health, and education, and the Welfare Department.Students dupedThe students and faculty employees were only made aware of Venkat Rao’s deceit on Sunday, September 30 after media outlets India Times News Network and The Hindu newspaper had reported that over 200 students were duped by an educational consultancy firm of which he is the owner.Six of Venkat Rao’s staff members were arrested in India, and police launched a hunt for the director, his wife Nikita Venkat and an associate identified as Zameer, The Hindu reported.Promised placement in US medical colleges According to media reports, the fraudsters convinced clients that they had secured tie-ups with medical institutions in several countries. They allegedly promised them seats in medical colleges in the United States and China.A consultant for the Washington University of Barbados, Subash Agarwal, questioned the procedures the unaccredited university went through to be registered in Barbados.The on-line publication Barbados TODAY reported that Agarwal was speaking as a parent who invested US$32 000 in his daughter’s education.He was recruited by the Venkat’s company in India and was assured that the institution met all the necessary health requirements by a video which was presented to the staff before their arrival in Barbados.The video featured prominent Barbadian politicians guaranteeing that the institution met the necessarily stipulations, said Agarwal.Assured by former Min. of EducationHe claimed a month after the general elections, former Minister of Education Ronald Jones visited the campus and assured the staff and students that they would soon be accredited by the Barbados Accreditation Council.“They provided a letter to all the consulting people, gave us videos of the health minister, Prime Minister, videos in their function at the university . . . . I thought all was well.”last_img read more

10 Jan

Alpha eyes K’Ogalo starting role after school

first_img0Shares0000Kakamega High School captain Alpha Onyango receives his Most Valuable Player award at the Kenya Secondary School Games from Education Principle Secretary Bellio Kipsang in Eldoret on July 28, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 30 – Kakamega High School midfielder Alpha Onyango is confident he has the ability to command a regular starting place at Gor Mahia when he ultimately returns to the club after completing school next year.Onyango has been contracted at Gor and captains their Under-20 team and was aptly named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) at the just concluded Kenya Secondary School Sports Association (KSSSA) National Term 2B games, playing a starring role as Kakamega won the boys’ football title. “That is my ultimate goal because when I go back there I want to be in the starting team. I have been training with them every school holiday and I have grown as a player. I know the system, how things work and it is my dream to command a regular starting spot,” Onyango told Capital Sport.“Gor is a great team and training with them always made me an improved player. I am excited at the opportunity of joining them regularly after school,” he added.Harambee Stars head coach Stanley Okumbi feeds instructions to skipper Alpha Onyango during their African Under-20 Cup of Nations qualifer against Rwanda at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on April 1, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluSo much is Onyango a core part of Gor’s future that he has not been allowed to play for the Green Commandos in the National Super League as head coach Dylan Kerr considers him a core part of the club’s future.“He is a good lad, works really hard and it is a shame we can’t have him now,” Kerr said of the industrious defensive midfielder.Nonetheless, the Form Three Student at Kakamega High says he wants to ask the Gor management whether they can loan him out to the Green Commandos who play in the National Super League for one season.“The talks have been ongoing and the teachers have been talking to Gor to make that possible. Personally, I think it would be very important for me to play in the NSL to get some experience. This will be vital for me to gel in when I return to Gor after next year,” Onyango further added.Meanwhile even as he looks forward to his footballing future, Onyango is elated at helping Kakamega to their 14th School Games title and the cherry on top of the cake; him being named the championship’s MVP.“It was a very tough tournament. School Games are usually very tough because every team comes in looking to win the title and everyone gives their all. Winning this title is such a prestigious thing for us as a team,” the midfielder noted.Kakamega High School midfielder Alpha Onyango vies for the ball with Olbolosat’s Silah Wangila during their National Secondary School Games final at the Hill School in Eldoret on July 28, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluTheir next focus now is on the East Africa School Games to be held in Musanze, Rwanda in August where they hope to do better than last year when they finished third.Head coach Brendan Mwinamo is confident they will go in there an improved side and remains optimistic they will give a good account of themselves.“We have played in the NSL which is a very tough league and I think that gives us some very good edge over the others. However, we know it will be tough because we will be playing against older teams from Uganda and Tanzania now that they have form five and six. But, we will be ready,” Mwinamo said.He added; “This year we have shown a very improved game and everyone saw that from how we played. We have some areas we want to improve on especially in attacking and come the Rwanda trip, we want to bring the title home,” Mwinamo noted.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more