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Segal Guard Service Clarifies Role in Ecobank Robbery

first_imgBarely three full days after the jury of Criminal Court ‘D’ on December 2, convicted seven persons of attempting to rob Ecobank Branch, in Zwedru City, Grand Gedeh County, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Segal Guard Service, Mr. Momo Cyrus, clarified that his security firm played a role in the arrest and conviction of the robbery suspects.Segal Guard Service is a private security firm that is protecting most of Ecobank’s facilities in the country, especially in the rural areas.Speaking to the Daily Observer on Wednesday, December 4, by mobile phone from the USA, Mr. Cyrus said, some of his guards cooperated with the robbers to enter the bank’s compound to prevent them (robbers) from fleeing the scene.“We ran the operation to have the men arrested by allowing them to enter the bank’s facility.”“Our collaboration with them was a hoax intended to get them arrested, we did not actually participate with them to rob the bank,” Cyrus further clarified.“We even served as state witness during the trial, where we provided more information that caused the jury to bring down a guilty verdict against the defendants,” he added, “”our operation was successful.’”   Initially, when the convicted robbers took the witness stand in their own defense, each of them admitted that they collaborated with some of Segal’s security guards to enter the bank facility before they were subsequently arrested by officers of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) of the Liberia National Police (LNP).Narrating his strategy that led to the arrest of the convicts, Mr. Cyrus said, “When my men first got tipped off about the robbery, they contacted me and I instructed them to pretend to collaborate with them.”“This is a new strategy that we have introduced to arrest bank’s robbers.”According to him, this new strategy would provide a foundation for addressing the problem of bank robbery in the country.”This strategy is drawn from a variety of experiences we have with bank robbers in the past.”Reflecting on a similar Ecobank robbery in Grand Bassa County, where two Segal guards were shot and wounded, Mr. Cyrus said, “After that incident, we decided to find a new strategy where we could tackle robbers without them escaping from the scene.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Liberia to Host West Africa Youth Camp 2016

first_imgThe Federation of Liberian Youth (FLY) with sponsorship from the Ministry of Youth and Sports has begun preparations to host the West Africa Youth Camp in Liberia.The youth event, which will be held for the first time in the country, is a component of the African Youth Conference on Democracy and Good Governance. The event slated for December 12-16, will be held at the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC).In a Daily Observer interview, Jarius Andrew Greaves, Chair on Media and Publicity of the organizing committee, said the event is expected to bring together over 350 West African youth leaders and key officials from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and other West African Heads of States.According to Mr. Greaves, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who also chairs ECOWAS, will be the guest of honor at the event. The four-day event, he said, seeks to enable young African leaders to take the lead in the implementation of “Agenda 2063” and also encourage young people to actively get involved in entrepreneurship. Greaves added: “Entrepreneurship is a driving force of development in any country, therefore, with the young people’s involvement in entrepreneurship, the program will pave the way for greater development.”Agenda 2063, according to the African Union’s website, is a call for action to all segments of African society to work together to build a prosperous and united Africa based on shared values and a common destiny.The theme for this year’s event is, “Leadership and Development of Africa Youth in Perspective Developing SGDs & Agenda 2063.”About 200 Liberian youths will be nominated by their respective organizations, and at most seven persons expected from each of the West African countries.The first edition of the West African Youth Camp was hosted in 2013, in Abuja, Nigeria. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Fly Jamaica likely to be hauled before Courts – CCAC

first_imgThe embattled airline, Fly Jamaica, is likely to be taken to court over compensations owed to hundreds of passengers who were left stranded as a result of the crippling crash it encountered last November at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) at Timehri, East Bank Demerara.The Fly Jamaica aircraft that crash-landedOn Monday, Consumer Affairs Officer, Feyona Austin-Paul from the Competition and Consumer Affairs Commission (CCAC) explained that such action may be timely as months would have already elapsed.Nevertheless, she said that the airline has been engaged by the Commission and, in fact, will be meeting next week to pave the way forward.Initially, the airline had promised the Commission to begin payments in March but failed to do so due to lack of funds. In fact, subsequent to this announcement, Fly Jamaica even made their staffers redundant by March month end.In light of this, the consumer officer explained, “They will be treated just like a normal supplier and the [Consumer] Act will be enforced against them”.She noted that it was too early to determine whether the Commission will be forced to take the airline to court or if passengers themselves would have to make that move. Already, two lawsuits have been filed against the airline, with the most recent order issued in December.That lawsuit was filed by a Canadian law firm to represent passengers who claimed they were injured during the crash landing at the airport.The notice of the class action suit stated that it was seeking compensation for not only the passengers who were on board the flight OJ256 destined for Toronto, Canada, but the families who were affected as a result of the crash.That lawsuit came days after Canadian firms Howie, Sacks and Henry and Camp Fiorante Matthews Mogerman filed a case against the airline for injuries and losses incurred as a result of the crash.That lawsuit was filed on November 23, 2018.Of the 120 passengers on board the Boeing 757 flight on November 9, 2018, along with eight crew members, at least six were injured during the crash landing.An 86-year-old woman died one week after the incident as a result of brain swelling.The flight left the CJIA for Toronto at about 02:10h on November 9, 2018, from the CJIA, but after reportedly encountering hydraulic issues, the pilot returned to the airport where the aircraft crash-landed about 02:53h.last_img read more

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Keystone Pipeline appears unlikely to proceed under current US administration

first_imgNow his final Presidential term he no longer needs to weigh any decision against re-election, and general president Terry O’Sullivan of the Laborers’ International Union called the Obama veto in February, “disgustingly predictable.”For his part, Prime Minister Harper—believes the project will eventually go forward, but concedes Canada may have to wait for Mr. Obama to leave office.“I think there’s very peculiar politics of this particular administration,” Harper said. “I believe that whether this project goes ahead or not on this administration it will ultimately go ahead under a subsequent administration.”Meantime, TransCanada is also warning about the rising cost of the currently proposed, $12 billion cross Canada, Alberta to New Brunswick, Energy East pipeline, because of beluga whale location concerns.Advertisement The White House is not saying when US President Barack Obama will make his decision on the Keystone X-L pipeline, or what it will be, only that it will happen before he leaves office in January of 2017.It has shrugged off recent claims by Republican Senator John Hoeven that Mr. Obama will announce his rejection of the Alberta to Texas pipeline link later this month, although he’s already mandated this month, steeper cuts on power plant emissions, citing the same alleged reason as his pipeline concerns, greenhouse gas emissions.The President has already vetoed a bill from the Republican controlled Congress, which passed 270 to 152 in the House, and 62 to 36 in the Senate, and those margins are well short of the two-thirds majorities required, to override a Presidential veto.- Advertisement -Mr. Obama could still approve the project on his own authority, but neither side in the debate sees that as likely, since he’s already said, that in his view the environmental impacts outweigh any economic benefits.TransCanada first applied for permits to build the pipeline in 2008, and under an executive order signed by former President Bush, the State Department is still, allegedly reviewing the proposal, to determine whether it’s in the national interest.However, Mr. Obama can also override its recommendations, and ignore the fact his position has essentially divided his hitherto key Democratic constituencies, with solid keystone project support from big labour.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Russia’s World Cup arena without a pitch

first_img0Shares0000For a while last year, construction workers played football on the waste ground outside rather than work on building Samara’s World Cup stadium. © AFP / Mladen ANTONOVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Mar 31 – The grass for Russia’s perpetually delayed World Cup stadium in the provincial city of Samara is still growing in Germany.The monumental structure’s fancy glass roof has been abandoned in favour of a more spartan metal version. And the December 2017 construction deadline has been pushed back for the umpteenth time.The troubles of Samara Arena have come to symbolise the pitfalls of bringing the June 14 to July 15 football showpiece to the sleepiest corners of Russia.“There is a huge amount of work to be done,” FIFA competitions chief Colin Smith said during a March 21 inspection.“Obviously we would expect further progress than this.”– ‘Stairway to the Cosmos’ –Few doubt that Russia can get its act together and have the Volga River stadium up and working by the time its first scheduled match between Costa Rica and Serbia rolls around on June 17.But how Samara ended up without a pitch to play on less than three months before kickoff is a murky business that cost the governor his job.The contract to build a space-themed arena that looked like a flying saucer was awarded to an established regional company a good four years ago.Organisers even came up with a lofty motto for the 45,000 seater: “A Stairway to the Cosmos”.The transparent dome was supposed to stetch down to the ground through an intricate mesh of beams that lit up the city skyline at night.It was a project the likes of which no small Russian city had seen — and one meant to fit the $225 million budget fixed for all stadiums.Samara authorities complicated matters further by packing money-spinning stores and real estate space into the design that made the arena 40 percent larger than needed.Workers had downed their tools by the time it became clear in mid-2016 that all this would cost at least $300 million.Less than half of the stadium was finished and FIFA began taking notice.How much the entire thing has cost now — and who is paying for it — is not entirely clear.The local news site 63.ru put the price at $315 million after the translucent dome was replaced with a metal one and other corners were cut.Delays caused by a new architectural plan and construction approval pushed back the completion date from December to March and then the end of April.The first test game is now scheduled for April 28 — if the pitch arrives in time.– ‘We need to wait’ –Russia’s agriculture ministry gave Samara special permission to buy the German grass to avoid the problems plaguing other Russian arenas.The pitch is ready but there is nowhere to lay it. The surface on which it is meant to be rolled out is not completed.Problems were only compounded when a massive flat hothouse designed to keep the soil warm collapsed in February under the weight of snow.The ground froze over for nearly a month.“We don’t yet have a pitch and obviously we need to wait for some warmer weather conditions in order to get this pitch installed,” FIFA’s Smith said.He was wearing a parka and standing in a field of snow outside the frozen stadium at the time.Temperatures are due to nudge a degree to two above freezing next week as one of Russia’s coldest winters in years begins to let up.Organisers want to stage two or three matches at each new stadium before the World Cup to see how it all holds up.“A lot depends on the weather,” Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Friday.“We want to hold our first test match on April 28. For the time being, we have no plans to postpone it.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Does Arsenal’s bid for defender spell trouble for Mertesacker?

first_imgWhen rumours of Arsenal’s bid for defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos emerged, the club’s fans got pretty excited on Twitter.The Borussia Dortmund centre back looked impressive in his first season with the German giants after earning a transfer from Werder Bremen but the Greek star, who has 51 caps, could now be on the move again.Arsene Wenger has reportedly bid £12.5million for his services, although it’s likely he will have to up that offer to prise the versatile 26-year-old away from the Bundesliga side, with a few Gooners believing he would replace Per Mertesacker and play alongside Laurent Koscielny.And the prospect of his arrival at the Emirates has got Gooners excited but worried about spelling his name correctly.See their reaction below… Sokratis Papastathopoulos 1last_img read more

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WORLD WIDE NOTORIETY FOR TERMON MAN WHO CASTRATED NEIGHBOUR’S PET ‘RUSTY’

first_imgIT WAS a story which shocked the county when donegaldaily.com was first to expose the cruel Donegal man who castrated his neighbour’s little terrier because it was annoying his own purebred pedigree pooch.Now the story has shocked the country – and the world! And it is being reported by news and radio stations around the world including the USA, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.Crazed Eddie Flood, 43, used a lambing ring to cut the testicles of little Rusty after becoming worried that the little terrier would mate with his border collie. Father-of-four Flood, of Carnasaull, Termon, claimed the dog was allowed to roam freely and that he had been forced to remove it from his house more than 20 times.After becoming sick of the dog, he put a rubber lambing ring on it – the kind which is normally used to cut the tails off lambs.Flood used a set of pliers to put on the ring and after a few days the dog was unwell and lethargic.It was only then that his owner was noticed the dog had lost its testicles.The dog’s owner, Frank McGettigan of Meenreagh, Termon, told Letterkenny District Court, that he was distraught when he discovered what had happened to his three year old pet dog.He didn’t know who had done such a thing and mentioned it to Flood but he denied having anything to do with the attack.Inspector for the ISPCA, Kevin McGinley, approached Flood on September 11th of 2009 and put it to him that he had placed the ring on the dog.Flood’s solicitor Ms Sinead Bradley told the court that the lambing ring was a common procedure used on lambs which did cause some discomfort.She said her client now admitted the offence but said his three dogs had been pestered by the little terrier.She said Flood was an animal-lover himself and had only castrated Rusty after he had “lost it.”Flood had a pedigree border collie which he was afraid for as the terrier dog was trying to mate with it.He claimed he had been forced to lock the dogs into a shed as the terrier had been constantly calling around to the house and trying to interfere with his dogs.He also claimed he had to return the terrier to its owner on numerous occasions.Flood also claimed his three children had become frightened of the dog – a claim which the dog’s owner completely denied.Ms Bradley said all the neighbours in the area who owned female dogs were aware that Mr.McGettigan’s dog was allowed to roam freely and was considered a nuisance.But even after he was castrated it was revealed the dog returned to Flood’s home and tried to mate with the border collie again.Mr.McGettigan told the court that he had been forced to give away the dog after the incident after spending more than €200 on vet fees for the injured dog.He said he found the dog a new home because he was afraid for its safety.Ms Bradley said she had been told by neighbours with female dogs that Rusty had been a pest and that no dog was safe from the attentions of the terrier.Judge Seamus Hughes asked if wandering males around Termon were also safe from Mr Flood.He fined the unemployed father of four a total of €730 – €230 for the vet bills and a further €500 compensation to be paid to Mr McGettigan for the loss of his dog.He also adjourned the case until March 14th to see if the compensation has been paid to the injured party.Speaking after the case, Inspector Kevin McGinley of the ISPCA said he was satisfied at the outcome of the case.He also revealed that this is the THIRD such case in which a lambing ring has been used to castrate a dog because it had tried to mate with another dog.“We are very pleased at the outcome of the case. Hopefully this will show people that they cannot take the law into their own hands.“We would ask people whose dogs are being worried by other dogs to contact us and we will investigate each case,” he said.Rusty’s plight, it seems, has now taken on international significance with news and radio stations around the world reporting our donegaldaily.com exclusive.EndsWORLD WIDE NOTORIETY FOR TERMON MAN WHO CASTRATED NEIGHBOUR’S PET ‘RUSTY’ was last modified: December 15th, 2010 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)last_img read more

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OCA hosting Beef Industry Update Meeting

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A Beef Industry Update meeting provided by the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) will take place in Hardin County. Beef producers from Hardin and surrounding counties are encouraged to attend.  The meeting will be held Wednesday, September 28th at 6 p.m. at the Rolling Hills Farms Show and Sale Facility, 17838 Co. Rd. 67 Belle Center, OH 43310.A complimentary dinner will be hosted by OCA Allied Industry Council (AIC) members Animal Profiling International and Multimin USA and door prizes will be provided. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from Pete Hausser, Animal Profiling International and Multimin USA’s Midwestern representative, on keeping their cow herd profitable. OCA Staff will be in attendance to discuss OCA events and policy updates.Contact the OCA office at 614-873-6736 or email beef@ohiobeef.org for more information about the industry update meetings. More information can also be found at www.ohiocattle.org.The Beef Industry Updates are sponsored by the Animal Profiling International and Multimin USA.last_img read more

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Monster scorer Phelps back as Phoenix kicks off bid vs Kia

first_imgNational Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Eugene Phelps. PBA IMAGESEugene Phelps breached the 50-point mark the last two times he played in a PBA tournament opener.The high-volume scorer from Los Angeles, California, intends to sustain that streak as the Fuel Masters tangle with the Kia Picanto at the start of the import-laced Governors Cup Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES View comments After that 4:15 p.m. opener, the Alaska Aces and the NLEX Road Warriors take centerstage with the Aces raring to break a miserable string of games after closing their Commissioner’s Cup campaign with eight consecutive losses.They’ll bring in a familiar face in LaDontae Henton, who led the Aces to the playoffs in the previous Governors Cup, where they were sidetracked by the twice-to-beat Barangay Ginebra Kings in the quarterfinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsFollowing his double-double average stint for Alaska, Henton brought his act to the NBA D-League after being picked 10th overall by the Santa Cruz Warriors. There, the former Providence standout tallied 13.2 points and 5.8 rebounds in 40 games.The Road Warriors, meanwhile, will unveil Aaron Fuller, an undersized power forward out of University of Southern California. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Finishing the Commissioner’s Cup at the bottom of the 12-team standings, NLEX has nowhere to go but up and coach Yeng Guiao brought in Fuller early at the tailend of the previous reinforced tournament to get him battle-ready right away.Fuller, who met the 6-foot-5 conference limit for imports despite being listed 6-6, went unnoticed in the 2013 NBA Draft and last played in the Mexican pro league.With Markeith Cummings suiting up, the Picanto are also thrilled at the prospect of making the playoffs following a forgettable 3-8 record for an early exit last conference.Cummings first burst into the PBA limelight by leading GlobalPort to a quarterfinal appearance in the same season-ending tournament four years ago.The NBA D-League veteran—who also played in Poland, Egypt and, recently, Lebanon—averaged 28.7 points on 60.1 percent shooting and 45.2 percent from beyond the arc.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Tanduay books quarters seatlast_img read more

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Yeng Guiao early ejection ‘blessing in disguise’ for NLEX in crucial win

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte That key stretch allowed NLEX to pull away, 50-36, as they took total control for the rest of the way.READ: PBA: Even with Yeng Guiao thrown out, NLEX still overpowers Alaska FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“It turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Coach Jolas (Jojo Lastimosa) did an excellent job taking over from plus the guys stepped up,” Guiao told reporters after the game.“But really it was really our defense that did it for us. I was pretty confident that even if I was not there, as long as we execute the game plan, we’ll be okay because the team was really well prepared defensively against Alaska.” NLEX’s defense held Alaska to just 29 percent from the field, including 5-of-23 from long range.Guiao added the timing was also right for NLEX, which played Alaska on one of its worst days.READ: Yeng Guiao ejected in 2nd quarter of crucial NLEX game“We played good defense and we caught Alaska on a really bad night,” he said.“We played probably our best defensive game on their off night so that’s what happens.”ADVERTISEMENT Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief View comments Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end NLEX Road Warriors. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNLEX head coach Yeng Guiao’s early ejection against Alaska on Wednesday may have just been what the Road Warriors needed after all.The Road Warriors steamrolled the Aces, 91-70, thanks in large part to a 14-5 run that immediately came right after Guiao got tossed at the 5:19 mark of the second quarter.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash US soccer stars Ali Krieger, Ashlyn Harris confirm engagement P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbedcenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy LATEST STORIES Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Guiao also said NLEX had an extra motivation to win since its CEO Rod Franco just celebrated his 60th birthday.“We really wanted to win one for him and I’m sure he’ll be happy with the win,” he said.It was also a crucial victory for the Road Warriors, who are desperate to provide their quarterfinals bid a much-needed push.NLEX improved to 3-5 and tied Meralco in ninth place with only three games left.“Today’s game could be a good sign because we really need to win the next three games so we need this confidence boost to be able to have a chance.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

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