CArtoon: August 20, 2015

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Immigration Officers Arrest 3 In Gbarpolu County

first_imgThe VRC cards in questionValid Liberian VR Cards found in their possessionOfficers of the Protective and Internal Security Division of the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) assigned in Gbarpolu County (western Liberia) have arrested three persons for “illegally possessing pieces of valid Liberian (2017) voter registration cards (VRC).”Those arrested, according to LIS in the county, are being interrogated and will be subsequently forwarded to central administration for prosecution. The arrests  come barely a week after the National Elections Commission (NEC) declared campaign officially opened for the October 10 presidential and legislative elections.The two male and a female are identified as Shirleaf Ansu, a Sierra Leonean, who LIS agents arrested in possession of a VRC bearing the numbers 725876877- code center 45042; Passaway Nancy, 39, another Sierra Leonean, with VRC that bears the numbers 730237977 – code center number 45015; and Kanneh Mohamed, 28, a Guinean national, who had VRC numbers 725896867 – code center number 45018.The LIS agents told the Daily Observer that the arrested men will be thoroughly investigated and forwarded to court for prosecution before the  October elections.The authority said if the suspects are investigated and found to be legally residing in the country, “they will be free to go about their normal business,” adding, “but if on the contrary, we will prosecute and deport them to their respective countries of origin.”An agent of the Protective and Internal Security Division in the county, who spoke to the Daily Daily Observer on the condition of anonymity, said the suspects were picked up following a tip-off at a mining site where several other nationalities were residing without proper immigration documents.The Daily Observed has  learned that the mining sector of Gbarpolu County hosts a large number of West African nationals who are illegally residing in these areas and carrying on illicit mining activities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Miner charged for fatally stabbing drinking partner

first_imgA miner who allegedly stabbed his buddy to death during a drinking spree appeared yesterday before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.McNee EdwardsThirty-two-year-old McNee Edwards of Waramadong Village in the Upper Mazaruni district of Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) was read a charge alleging that on September 15, at Waramadong Village, Upper Mazaruni, he murdered Dorian Brown.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield told the court that Edwards and Brown were imbibing on September 15 at a shop in Waramadong Village when an argument ensued, and Edwards pulled out a knife from the waist of his pants and stabbed Brown about his body. Brown was rushed to a medical facility in the community, but was pronounced dead on arrival. The matter was then reported, and Edwards was later arrested.Prosecutor Mansfield informed the court that the accused had, in a caution statement, admitted that he stabbed Brown about the body during the argument.The Chief Magistrate has remanded Edwards to prison, and the case has been set to continue on December 16 before the Kamarang Magistrate.last_img read more

In photos: Gor hold their own against USM

first_imgMalian officials were tasked for the clash. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAMalian referee Kaita gesturing for change. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAThe record Kenyan champions created numerous scoring opportunities, 10 attempts at goal. However, as head coach Dylan Kerr asserted at the end of the tie, maybe, they have some sort of curse in front of goal.George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo was one of the best performers for Gor Mahia against USM Alger at the Kasarani Stadium on May 16, 2018 and had two open scoring chances in the first half. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaPlaying with 10 men for almost half the tie, they restricted the visitors, finalists in the 2015 CAF Champions League to just seven efforts at goal, none of which troubled Boniface Oluoch.The Gor Mahia team that started against USM Alger at the Kasarani Stadium on May 16, 2018 in a CAF Confederation Cup match. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThe support in the stands, though not the same atmosphere as was witnessed over the weekend when they played Hull City was great, putting into perspective the heavy evening rains and the bumper to bumper traffic along Thika Super Highway that almost saw the two teams arrive late for the fixture.Gor Mahia fans shout their lungs out supporting their club during the CAF Confederation Cup match against USM Alger at the Kasarani Stadium on May 16, 2018 in a CAF Confederation Cup match. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaHead coach Dylan Kerr had to change his mind on the team selection a few minutes to kick off, starting back Ernest Wendo ahead of Boniface Omondi.Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr gestures on the touchline during the CAF Confederation Cup match against USM Alger at the Kasarani Stadium on May 16, 2018 in a CAF Confederation Cup match. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaWendo didn’t have the best of his games, placing several missed passes especially in the opening stanza but Kerr had to explain after that the midfield enforcer had been suffering from flu and hadn’t trained for three days.Gor Mahia midfielder Ernest Wendo puts USM Alger’s Hemza Koudri under pressure during their CAF Confederation Cup match at the Kasarani Stadium on May 16, 2018 in a CAF Confederation Cup match. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThe USM Alger side seemed to have done their homework on the Gor attack and lead striker Jacques Tuyisenge was a marked man throughout.Gor Mahia’s Godfrey Walusimbi and Jacques Tuyisenge put USM Alger’s Hemza Koudri under pressure during their CAF Confederation Cup match at the Kasarani Stadium on May 16, 2018 in a CAF Confederation Cup match. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThe Rwandese forward was limited to just one shot on target which was saved by the keeper.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000A passionate Gor Mahia fan braved the evening cold and light showers to cheer the team as they took on USM Alger at the Kasarani Stadium on May 16, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, May 17- In yester years, a Kenyan team earning a point against a North African opponent would be considered a huge result, but Gor left the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on Wednesday night feeling the chills of two dropped points.Malian officials were in charge of the clash with Mahamadou Keita tasked at the center and he was at subject of debate on some  of the decisions he made.last_img read more

Video: The French sensation set to arrive at Tottenham

first_imgOn Friday night Tottenham managed to catch everyone by surprise as Montpellier announced the north Londoners had agreed a deal to sign Benjamin Stambouli.The midfielder had previously been linked with Swansea City and Fiorentina but, in this game, if you snooze, you lose, and Spurs have now swooped for his signature.But just what can the White Hart Lane faithful expect from the 24-year-old should he agree personal terms and complete his medical?You can see Stambouli’s best bits in the video above…last_img

‘Imagine if Tottenham get docked points and Arsenal finish above them’

first_img1 Tottenham’s draw at Leicester City not only meant the Foxes were crowned Premier League champions, but also opened the door to North London rivals Arsenal overtaking Spurs by the season’s end.With two games remaining, the Lilywhites are three points ahead of the Gunners in the table and remain on course to finish above the red and white half of North London for the first time since 1995.But in this most surprising of seasons, could Arsenal yet turn the tables and go above Tottenham?Here’s what a selection of Gooners have been saying on social media…[View the story “Arsenal to finish above Spurs? It’s still possible” on Storify]last_img

Sheriff’s casino use questioned

first_img “If they’re afraid of going to a banquet room attached to a casino, then they might feel uncomfortable dealing with homeless people on the streets or arresting prostitutes. They’re probably in the wrong business.” Commerce Casino vice president Andy Schneiderman said the Sheriff’s Department is among many groups, including State Farm Insurance and Mary Kay cosmetics, that use banquet facilities at the casino-owned hotel, a Crowne Plaza franchise. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Since taking office in 1999, Baca has accepted more than $25,000 in political contributions from the casino, its shareholders and employees. The casino has donated more than $100,000 to the sheriff’s youth charity. Commerce Casino executives Ralph Wong, Harvey Ross and Haig Papaian also have permits for concealed weapons from the Sheriff’s Department. The permits, originally approved by Sheriff Sherman Block, were renewed because of ongoing threats at the casino, a Baca spokesman said. The sheriff’s management meetings, organized by Undersheriff Larry Waldie, are daylong events. At $35 a head, the 125-person meeting Oct. 20 generated about $4,000 for the casino. Baca said he believes the casino is a clean operation and he praised its charitable donations. “I don’t see anything wrong with attending a meeting in a banquet room of a hotel attached to a casino,” Baca said. “I find it (incredible) a law enforcement officer would feel somehow uncomfortable in a secure establishment, licensed by the state of California. Some sheriff’s officials are concerned about Sheriff’s Department management seminars in a hotel ballroom at the Commerce Casino because the department is responsible for enforcing state gambling laws at the casino. “I think it shows some poor judgment to have it there,” said attorney Greg Emerson, who represents the deputies union Los Angeles Sheriff’s Professional Association. “I’ve heard deputies talk about it. They think it has something to do with campaign contributions. “Whatever the reason, it appears bad.” For more than a year, Sheriff Lee Baca’s top executives have held quarterly conferences in the Commerce Casino hotel ballroom. last_img read more

A year of reckoning for scandal-tainted CEOs

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK (AP) – The scene said everything about the year in white-collar crime: Bernard Ebbers, the jocular, folksy former boss of WorldCom Inc., hunched forward in a courtroom chair, quietly crying. He had just been sentenced to 25 years in prison for orchestrating the record $11 billion accounting fraud at the toppled telecom – essentially a life term for a man 63 years old and with a history of heart trouble. It was a startling punishment, but far from extraordinary in 2005: In the cavalcade of recent corporate scandals, this was the year the hammer finally fell on top executives. Hard. And the trend toward harsher sentencings for corporate crooks comes just as the curtain goes up on what’s expected to be the most complex of the white-collar cases to date, the fraud trial of Enron founder Kenneth Lay and two other former officials. Set to get under way Jan. 17, the Enron trial brings the corporate crime era full-circle: Enron’s crash into bankruptcy in 2001 predates scandals at WorldCom, Adelphia Communications Corp. and Tyco International Ltd. It also promises to be intriguing: Lay has already mounted a public defense that rivaled Martha Stewart’s, including a blitz of television appearances and interviews. He claims he trusted the wrong people and valiantly tried to save the energy giant. For Lay, former CEO Jeffrey Skilling and former top Enron accountant Richard Causey, the consequences of conviction are dire. Consider the fates met by convicted corporate executives in 2005 alone: Ebbers’ sentence, which followed a trial in which he took the witness stand and flatly denied any knowledge of the massive book-cooking at WorldCom, was the toughest to date in the business scandals. John Rigas, the white-haired founder of cable giant Adelphia, got 15 years in prison for looting his company. His son Timothy, the former chief financial officer, got 20. L. Dennis Kozlowski, the former Tyco chief whose $6,000 shower curtain and lavish parties made him almost a caricature of the boomtime CEO, finishes the year in a maximum-security prison that will allow him three showers a week. He and his own former finance chief, Mark Swartz, will serve at least 8 1/3 years – and perhaps as many as 25 – after they were convicted of stealing $600 million from Tyco. And former Cendant Corp. Vice Chairman E. Kirk Shelton was slapped with 10 years in prison for his role in an accounting scandal that cost investors and the company more than $3 billion. For judges considering the staggering harm done to investors and employees of these scandal-scarred companies, the sentences were not close calls, said Eric Chaffin, a securities lawyer at Seeger Weiss LLP and a former white-collar prosecutor in New York. “The judges, when they really see the real victims and see that there’s really strong fraud in these companies, they’re going to make somebody pay the price,” he said. Some paid literally. A New York judge signed off on settlement deals that forced investment banks, auditor Arthur Andersen and former WorldCom officials to cough up $6.1 billion, much of it to be divvied among 830,000 investors and institutions who lost money in the accounting fraud. That settlement included $25 million paid by former WorldCom board members out of their own pockets, and forfeiture of homes owned by Ebbers and former WorldCom finance chief Scott Sullivan. And investment banks and former directors agreed to pay more than $7 billion in a similar settlement over the Enron collapse, including $13 million paid personally by 10 former board members. But the year was not without at least one high-profile setback for government prosecutors, who had run up a winning streak worthy of the Harlem Globetrotters in securing guilty pleas and convictions in their crackdown on corporate crime. In June, HealthSouth Corp. founder Richard Scrushy was cleared of fraud charges, despite the testimony of five former CFOs who implicated him in a $2.7 billion to inflate earnings. “I’m going to go to a church and pray,” announced Scrushy. “I’m going to be with my family. Thank God for this.” It was also a better year for Stewart, the celebrity face of the era of corporate scandal, who donned a poncho and walked out of a West Virginia prison in March after serving five months for lying about a 2001 stock sale. After about half a year of house arrest, she roamed free again – and turned up in a daytime talk show and a spinoff of Donald Trump’s “The Apprentice.” Lest anyone think the Enron trial marks a close to allegations of corporate wrongdoing, there were new cases to consider in 2005: Phillip Bennett, the former chief of commodities brokerage Refco Inc., was accused of taking part is a conspiracy to sell $583 million in stock to the public based on falsified financial statements. He has pleaded not guilty. And New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer sued insurer American International Group, former CEO Maurice “Hank” Greenberg and an ex-CFO, accusing them of misleading investors and regulators about that company’s finances. Greenberg retired from AIG in March, pressured by the board of directors amid regulatory probes. “In my perception there is not a cooling off” by prosecutors and regulators, said Melinda Haag, who this year helped successfully defend former McKesson Corp. CFO Richard Hawkins against conspiracy charges in a 1999 alleged accounting scheme. “It’s obvious that law enforcement authorities still have a great deal of interest in corporate America and in policing corporate America,” she added. But the year will be remembered as a time of harsh reckoning for executives whose very names – WorldCom, Tyco, Adelphia – became synonymous with corporate greed, excess and fraud. The moment was captured by Gino Cavallo, who worked for years at WorldCom and lost tens of thousands of dollars in retirement money in the fraud. He attended Ebbers’ sentencing in July. “The man’s 63,” Cavallo told reporters in a hallway outside the courtroom. “He’s going to die in jail. How much sterner could you get?”last_img read more


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Airlines reluctant to ditch credit card fees

first_imgAustralia’s four main airlines appear to be heading for more testy times with regulators and consumer groups over the Australian government’s plan announced last week to outlaw profiteering on credit card fees.On Wednesday last week, the Australian Consumers Association declared that exorbitant card fees had been dealt a “death blow” after the federal government announced that airlines would be banned from charging more than it costs them to recover costs.The low-cost carriers are the worst offenders, with Jetstar and Tigerair charging $8.50 per sector — $17 per return ticket – for purchases via credit card, while Virgin and Qantas charge $7.70 and $7 respectively per booking, which in most cases is for a return journey. A family of four is faced with forking out up to $68 in card fees for a transaction that might have cost the airline just $2 in merchant fees – typically 0.5 per cent of transaction value.“We have long campaigned for a better banking system in Australia and the Federal Government’s decision today to crush sky-high credit card surcharging delivers on a big priority for consumers,” says Alan Kirkland, chief executive of the ACA’s CHOICE research and advocacy arm.“While consumers will need to wait until mid-2016 for this new surcharging law, industry is on notice. Qantas, Jetstar, CabCharge and the other worst offenders have to clean up their act on surcharges before they face legal action.”However, it’s far from certain that the airlines will voluntarily abandon their so-called ancillary revenue practices of charging huge mark-ups for “services” that cost little or nothing to produce.Ancillary revenue is now a global phenomenon in the airline industry, generating $US38.1 billion in 2014 for everything from baggage fees to priority seat selection, according to specialist consultancy IdeaWorksCompany, of Milwaukee, USA.That’s $9 billion more than the global airline industry is expected to make in profits this year. In other words, without ancillary revenue, the airline industry is losing money.When airline credit card charges became controversial in Australia about five years ago, carriers changed their name to “booking and service fees”, which they claim cover a range of notional “services” including merchant fees.Across Australia’s four main airlines – Qantas, Virgin, Tiger and Jetstar – “booking and service fees” account for potentially hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue.At the launch of its new website, booking and check-in systems and crew uniforms this week, Tigerair’s Australian chief executive Rob Sharp was cautious and would not foreshadow how the airline would react. “We’re currently reviewing the announcement [on card fees] from the Prime Minister yesterday,” he said. “We’re also looking internally and reviewing what the implications are for the business. But it’s only a very recent announcement that came out so we’re not really in a position to comment on it. “We have a booking and service fee and that covers a number of costs including merchant fees and we disclose that throughout the booking profile and also there’s a lot of transparency on it through the website.” Sharp also stressed customers can avoid card fees if they go to the trouble of using the airline’s preferred credit card provider instead of their regular card. In Australia, the opt-out option is offered by three of the four airlines – all except Virgin. “Customers can actually come onto the website and not pay the fee if you use a Mastercard debit card from any Australian financial institution,” Sharp said. “And we’re actually seeing a trend recently where more and more customers are actually availing themselves of that option.”last_img read more