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first_imgFour persons, including three private security guards held in connection with the disappearance of 55 gallons of diesel fuel worth US$569 from the Mamba Point Compound of the European Union (EU), were yesterday sent to the Monrovia Central Prison to await prosecution.At yesterday’s hearing, the Monrovia City Court at the Temple of Justice was compelled to send the defendants back to jail where they have been since they were arrested on July 6 after their lawyers failed to secure a bond for their temporary release while they awaited trial.Defendants George Flomo of APEX Security Service, Francis Ndebeh of the Trust Guard Service, Tom Yarkpazuo of INSECOM Security Guards, and Jerry Kpoklah, generator operator at the EU compound, were charged with theft of property, criminal conspiracy and facilitation.The three guards were arrested after one of the defendants, Kpoklah implicated them.According to their charge sheet, Kpoklah was caught while reportedly stealing the fuel on the night of July 1 by another security officer from the Trust Guard Service, identified as Dopolous Tamba,.Police quoted an executive of the European Union, who was only identified as “EU delegation” in the court document who said, “We have been experiencing fuel theft for a very long time even before this one and in order to avoid any recurrence of similar incidents we have to take this action.”The court record further quoted the EU delegation as saying that “during a meeting with the defendant on July 6, Kpoklah admitted that he was caught with the stolen fuel, but accused other people from the security services assigned at the compound of being connected to the deal,” adding, “he openly apologized for his action and said the act was an organized crime which involved a few personnel at the EU compound.”According to police Dopolous Tamba, the guard who apprehended defendant Kpoklah claimed that at about 2 a.m. on July 1, he decided to patrol the compound including the generator room. He said when he visited the generator room during the routine patrol he observed that fuel oil was wasting all around.Tamba contended that he raised suspicion and decided to call defendant Ndebeh and the other guard, who is now on the run. Unfortunately, he alleged, they did not say anything.“I later extended my patrol and it was while on my routine beat around the compound that I saw 13 containers of various sizes filled with diesel fuel and I saw the generator operator, Kpoklah, standing without a shirt near the containers smelling with fuel,” Tamba further alleged.He said when they tried to arrest defendant Kpoklah, he escaped but was later picked up by officers of the Liberian National Police (LNP).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgAlbert Zeufack, World Bank Chief Economist for Africa-Says World Bank Africa’s Pulse Report; investments in non-resource sectors, jobs, and efficient firms and workers are neededSub-Saharan African economies are still recovering from the slowdown in 2015-16, but growth is slower than expected, according to the October 2018 issue of Africa’s Pulse, the bi-annual analysis of the state of African economies by the World Bank. The average growth rate in the region is estimated at 2.7 percent in 2018, which represents a slight increase from 2.3 percent in 2017.“The region’s economic recovery is in progress but at a slower pace than expected,” said Albert Zeufack, World Bank Chief Economist for Africa. “To accelerate and sustain an inclusive growth momentum, policymakers must continue to focus on investments that foster human capital, reduce resource misallocation and boost productivity. Policymakers in the region must equip themselves to manage new risks arising from changes in the composition of capital flows and debt.”The report also said that Liberia and Sierra Leone continue to have inflation over 10 percent, as their currencies depreciated rapidly against the foreign currency amid falling export revenues.Slow growth is partially a reflection of a less favorable external environment for the region. Global trade and industrial activity lost momentum, as metals and agricultural prices fell due to concerns about trade tariffs and weakening demand prospects. While oil prices are likely to be on an upward trend into 2019, metals prices may remain subdued amid muted demand, particularly in China. Financial market pressures intensified in some emerging markets and concern about their dollar-denominated debt has risen amid a stronger US dollar.The slower pace of the recovery in Sub-Saharan Africa (0.4 percentage points lower than the April forecast) is explained by the sluggish expansion in the region’s three largest economies, Nigeria, Angola, and South Africa. Lower oil production in Angola and Nigeria offset higher oil prices, and in South Africa, weak household consumption growth was compounded by a contraction in agriculture.  Growth in the region – excluding Angola, Nigeria, and South Africa – was steady.Several oil exporters in Central Africa were helped by higher oil prices and an increase in oil production. Economic activity remained solid in the fast-growing non-resource-rich countries, such as Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, and Rwanda, supported by agricultural production and services on the production side, and household consumption and public investment on the demand side.Public debt remained high and continues to rise in some countries. Vulnerability to weaker currencies and rising interest rates associated with the changing composition of debt may put the region’s public debt sustainability further at risk. Other domestic risks include fiscal slippage, conflicts, and weather shocks. Consequently, policies and reforms are needed that can strengthen resilience to risks and raise medium-term potential growth.This issue of Africa’s Pulse highlights sub-Saharan Africa’s lower labor productivity and potentials for improvement. “Reforms should include policies which encourage investments in non-resource sectors, generate jobs and improve the efficiency of firms and workers,” said Cesar Calderon, Lead Economist and Lead author of the report.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Argentina’s Lionel Messi (R) is marked by Peru’s Wilder Cartagena during their 2018 World Cup qualifier football match in Buenos Aires on October 5, 2017 © AFP / Juan MABROMATABUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Oct 6 – Argentina awakened on Friday to the horrifying possibility of a World Cup without the “world’s best player”, Lionel Messi.The Albiceleste drew 0-0 at home to Peru on Thursday to fall not only out of the four automatic South American qualifying places for next year’s finals in Russia, but also the fifth place that offers a play-off spot against New Zealand. Sitting sixth, Argentina now almost certainly need to win their final pool game away to Ecuador or miss out entirely on the global footballing showpiece, a prospect that had newspapers in the country retching with horror.“Will there be a World Cup without the world’s best player?” asked Clarin newspaper on its website.La Nacion was slightly more upbeat, refusing to rule out a happy ending: “Drama right to the end.”But one area where all media were agreed was that should Argentina miss out, it won’t be Messi’s fault.Some even went as far as to suggest the diminutive Barcelona forward, a five-time world player of the year, is practically playing on his own alongside hapless compatriots.The task has now become desperate as Argentina will head to Quito, 2,800 metres above sea level, on Tuesday in need of three points at a venue in which they have lost twice and drawn one of their last three visits.It’s not quite a win or bust scenario in an incredibly close qualifying campaign that sees six teams — behind Brazil who have already booked their Russian ticket — still in contention for the remaining three automatic qualification spots and separated by just four points.Ecuador have already been eliminated and lost their last five matches in a row.But strangely, even in defeat, Argentina could yet secure the play-off berth, while victory would not guarantee a top-four finish.Equally, a draw could be enough to finish fourth, or leave them as low as seventh — fans will be tearing their hair out trying to calculate the permutations and combinations.– ‘Very confident’ – Argentina’s Lionel Messi (R) gestures next to his teammate Dario Benedetto during their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier football match against Peru, at La Bombonera stadium, in Buenos Aires, on October 5, 2017 © AFP / ALEJANDRO PAGNICoach Jorge Sampaoli, Argentina’s third of the qualification campaign, remains confident — publically at least.“All that was missing was a goal,” he said after the Peru draw, adding that he was “very confident in the fact that we’ll be at the World Cup”.He also moved to deflect pressure from Messi, who while winning everything possible in club football and shining brightly for Barcelona, has had a largely disappointing international career — winning the 2008 Olympics is his only major honour.“We cannot ask more of Lionel Messi. He had chances, created them,” added Sampaoli.“Messi was very intense, the way we need him.”The problem, though, is that Argentina simply cannot find the net — just 16 goals in their 17 qualification matches attest to that.Only Bolivia, already eliminated, have scored fewer while rock-bottom Venezuela, with just one win from their 17 matches, have managed two more goals than Messi’s men.Minnows Peru are only ahead of Argentina on goals scored, but have netted 10 times more — Brazil have found the net more than twice as many times in their qualification campaign.Argentina’s last goal, in a 1-1 draw against Venezuela in September, was a Rolf Feltscher own goal, while the last time an Argentinian netted was Messi back in March, although that only from the penalty spot.The players realise their predicament and in training near Buenos Aires on Friday they were keeping their heads down and looking sombre.While they’re concentrating on the job at hand, La Nacion had a damning verdict about their performances, likening them to “someone drowning”.La Nacion, like much of Argentina, have given up faith in Messi and his team-mates, they are now looking for a helping hand from another source: “We’ve got to this final match, begging for a miracle.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgReal remain down in fourth, but do have a game in hand on their rivals as they missed out on domestic action this weekend to win the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.“I know people fixate on the difference between us and Real Madrid, but Atletico are just six points behind,” said Barca boss Ernesto Valverde.“No matter what happens on Saturday, there is still a world of a way to go in La Liga.”The only drawback for Barca as they extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to 24 games since they were beaten by Real on their last visit to the Santiago Bernabeu in the Spanish Super Cup back in August, was a muscle injury to Paco Alcacer that will keep the forward out for three weeks.Messi paraded his fourth golden boot award — after being the leading scorer in Europe last season — before kick-off and could barely believe his luck as he failed to add to his 18 goals already this term.The Argentine has now hit the woodwork 14 times this season, but still had a huge role to play in three of Barca’s four goals.Only a series of saves from Ruben Martinez to deny Messi and Aleix Vidal delayed Barca until the 29th minute from going in front when Messi presented Suarez with an early Christmas present to tap in from close range.– More goal-line controversy –Messi then smashed against the bar, but the woodwork wasn’t so forgiving for Deportivo when Messi’s next attempt came off the post and into Paulinho’s path to make it 2-0 before half-time.Suarez thought he had his second of the night moments later when the ball looked to have crossed the line.However, for the second time in less than a month Barca were foiled by La Liga’s lack of goal-line technology as the goal wasn’t awarded.“I could see clearly from my position after shooting because I was right by the goal line,” Suarez told BeIN Sports Spain.The Uruguayan, though, had to wait just two minutes into the second half to net his fourth goal in three games by sweeping home Sergi Roberto’s cross.Messi hit the woodwork for a third time and then saw Martinez brilliantly save his effort from the spot after Suarez was upended inside the area.But Martinez was helpless as Paulinho profited from a repeat of his first goal when he rolled into an empty net on the rebound after Jordi Alba also hit the frame of the goal.Earlier, Villarreal bounced back from three straight defeats as Pablo Fornals grabbed the only goal in a 1-0 win at Celta Vigo.Victory allowed Villarreal to leapfrog back above Girona into sixth after the Catalans had edged the battle of the high-flying newly-promoted sides over Getafe 1-0 thanks to Cristhian Stuani’s early goal.Managerless Las Palmas struck twice in the last 10 minutes to snatch a 2-2 draw with Espanyol, but remain rooted to the foot of the table.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona’s forward Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring his second goal during the Spanish league football match against Deportivo de la Coruna December 17, 2017 © AFP / JAVIER SORIANOMADRID, Spain, Dec 18 – Barcelona opened up an 11-point La Liga lead over Real Madrid ahead of next weekend’s Clasico between the Spanish giants as Luis Suarez and Paulinho each scored twice in a 4-0 thrashing of Deportivo la Coruna on Sunday.Lionel Messi also saw a penalty saved and hit the woodwork three times as Barca regained their six-point lead over Atletico Madrid in second place.last_img read more

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Dawson Creek RCMP continue to investigate the disappearance of Eva Mitchell 15 years later.The 15-year anniversary for missing person, Eva Mitchell, will happen on August 20th, 2019.The Dawson Creek RCMP received a report of a missing elderly female on August 20th, 2004 from a family member in Kelly Lake, B.C.- Advertisement -Eva Mitchell frequently went for walks in the woods to pick berries without ever telling anyone however the day after Mitchell was reported missing, her dog was located walking home without her.There was a report of an unknown male living in a trailer not too far from Mitchell’s residence however he has never been located or identified.Eva Mitchell is described as;Advertisement Aboriginal83 years old at the time she went missingApproximately 130 lbsBetween 5’ and 5’5 tallGrey hairThis investigation remains active and ongoing with the Dawson Creek RCMP continuing to investigate leads and following up on information already provided.Multiple resources have been utilized including, the RCMP Police Dog Services, RCMP Air Support services, Search and Rescue, and multiple local community assistance.Anyone with information on Mitchell’s location or her disappearance is requested to contact the Dawson Creek RCMP at 250-784-3700 or if you wish to remain anonymous please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.last_img read more

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – The Alberta government says it will ease its oil production curtailment program by 25,000 barrels per day in August.The province is citing growing crude-by-rail capacity, declining oil inventory levels and improved efficiencies in export pipelines for the move.Last week, the National Energy Board reported crude-by-rail exports in April reached 236,000 bpd, a 40 per cent increase over March, but still down from the record high of 353,800 bpd in December.- Advertisement -The province says it is setting a production limit in August of 3.74 million bpd, versus the initial January limit of 3.56 million bpd.The limits were imposed after discounts on Western Canadian Select bitumen-blend oil jumped to more than US$50 per barrel compared with New York-traded West Texas Intermediate. The difference is now about US$13.70 per barrel, according to oil brokerage Net Energy Exchange.The first 10,000 bpd a company produces are exempt from production limits, meaning only 29 of more than 300 producers in Alberta are subject to the limits.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – The Liberals have named Mavis Erickson their candidate in Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies.The Liberals made the announcement Wednesday that Erickson completed the Team Trudeau nominations process.Erickson runs a law practice in Prince George with a law degree from Harvard. She was also the elected chief of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council.- Advertisement -Erickson will take on the incumbent Bob Zimmer from the Conservative party, Ron Vaillant representing the Peoples Party of Canada, Catharine Kendall of the Green Party and Jacob Stokes of the Rhinoceros Party of Canada.The NDP have yet to nominate a candidate for the riding. Candidates have until September 30, 2019, to file their nomination papers with Election Canada.A local debated has been announced for October 10, 2019, at the Lido Theatre. All the candidates have been invited to attend.Advertisement General Election day is set for October 21, 2019.last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Garon isn’t focusing too far beyond tonight. “I think that’s the best way to do it,” Garon said. “You don’t have to be focused two weeks from now, you just want to be focused on the next game. We’re both going to get to play every two days, so that will be good.” Norstrom set to return: Kings captain Mattias Norstrom is expected to be activated from the injured list in time for tonight’s game. Norstrom missed the first two games while recovering from the flu and a strained hamstring. After a brisk one-hour skate Friday and a rigorous practice Saturday morning, Norstrom reported himself fit to play tonight. “I feel good, I’m ready to go,” Norstrom said. “That flu just threw me for a loop. I’m not sure the last time I had a fever like I that. I was probably a kid. But I’m finally back eating some good meals and feeling stronger.” With so many games bunched closely together over the next two weeks, Murray expects to continue alternating goalies from game to game. “We’ve got two goalies who are fresh and both are playing well,” Murray said. “Why wouldn’t you play both when that’s the case? I think if you’ve got two guys playing well it makes the most sense to play the one who is physically freshest.” Kings coach Andy Murray insists his team’s goalie situation will eventually sort itself out. He’s just in no hurry to rush things along by naming either Mathieu Garon or Jason LaBarbera as the primary starter. The two newcomers alternated starts over the first two games – Garon the season opener Wednesday in Dallas and LaBarbera the following night against Phoenix – and even though LaBarbera was more effective in a 3-2 victory over the Coyotes, it will be Garon back in net tonight when the Kings host Minnesota at Staples Center. center_img The Kings will have to make a roster move if they activate Norstrom. Cowan definitely out: Right winger Jeff Cowan, who left Thursday’s game against Minnesota with a groin injury, is not expected to play tonight. It’s possible Cowan could land on the injured list, although the Kings will evaluate the situation over the next day or two before making a decision. He loves L.A.: LaBarbera admits being a bit starstruck during Thursday’s home game against Phoenix. The 25-year old LaBarbera has played most of his career in front of small crowds in the American Hockey League, so you can imagine his reaction when he saw more than 18,000 fans at Staples Center in his first start with the Kings. “A whole lot different than playing in front of the 2,000 or so fans I’m used to,” LaBarbera said. “And I guess I shouldn’t have been looking up at the scoreboard, but it was hard not peeking up there when they were showing all those (movie stars) in the crowd. That was pretty cool.” Vincent Bonsignore, (818) 713-3612 vincent.bonsignore@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Littlerock High School Music Department will perform its annual winter concert, 7 p.m. Wednesday in the theater at Littlerock High School, 10833 E. Ave. R, Littlerock. Admission is free. !boxes Lancaster High School choirs will perform their annual winter concerts, 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday in the theater at Lancaster High School, 44701 32nd St. W., Lancaster. Tickets: $3 per person, with a maximum charge of $10 per family. Palmdale High School choirs will perform their annual winter concert, 7 p.m. Thursday in the theater at Highland High School, 39055 25th St. W., Palmdale. Suggested donation: $2. Short stories that won a Palmdale Writers Roundtable competition will be read, 7:30 p.m. Thursday as part of the Spirit of the Holidays series at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Admission is free. Call (661) 267-5684. Palmdale Youth and Community Dance Company will perform “The Snow Queen,” dance variations from “The Nutcracker” and tap and jazz pieces to the music of “The Jethro Tull Christmas Album,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 and 2 p.m. Dec. 17 as part of the Spirit of the Holidays series at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Tickets: $10, or $8 for students, seniors and military. Call (661) 267-5684. “Sister’s Christmas Catechism – The Mystery of the Magi Gold” will be performed, 2 p.m. today at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Tickets: $30; $25 for students, seniors and military. Call (661) 267-5684. Antelope Valley Ballet will perform “The Nutcracker,” 2 p.m. today at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. Tickets: $26; $14 for children. Call (661) 723-5950. Lancaster High School band concert, 7 p.m. Tuesday in the theater at Lancaster High School, 44701 32nd St. W., Lancaster. The school’s jazz ensemble, concert band and wind ensemble will perform. William J. “Pete” Knight High School Music Department will have a holiday concert featuring instrumental and choral groups, 7 p.m. Tuesday at the school, 37423 70th St. E., Palmdale. Admission is free. Palmdale Youth and Community Orchestras will perform the Brandenburg “Sinfonia” and “Sleepers Awake” plus holiday favorites, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 as part of the Spirit of the Holidays series at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Tickets: $10; $8 for students, seniors and military. Call (661) 267-5684. Palmdale Youth and Community Choirs will perform holiday songs, 2 p.m. Dec. 18 as part of the Spirit of the Holidays series at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Tickets: $10; $8 for students, seniors and military. Call (661) 267-5684. Tony Molina and Friends perform salsa music and Latin ballads, 8-11:30 p.m. Thursdays at Harry’s Place at the Antelope Valley Inn, 44055 Sierra Highway, Lancaster. Salsa DJ Wayne Molina performs, 11:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Call (661) 948-4651. Ranger-led nature hikes will be held at 11 a.m. every Sunday at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road in Agua Dulce. Meet in the first small parking lot by the ranger station. Call (661) 268-0840. Mojave Desert Information Center offers natural history exhibits, videos and a touch-screen computer to find out more information about desert state parks and the surrounding areas. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week at 43779 15th St. W. Call (661) 942-0662. Bingo will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday by the Knights of Columbus, 719 W. Ave. M. 40 and Up Singles dance, 6:30 p.m. Sunday at 240 E. Ave. K, Lancaster. Admission: $7. Club membership: $20. Call Hester at (661) 718-8997. Fun After 40 Ballroom Dance Club dance, 7:30-10 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Lessons are available, 6:30-7:30 p.m. for $2. Admission: $2 for members and $4 for nonmembers. Bring a small dessert. Call (661) 943-0210 or (661) 267-5551. The Antelope Valley Weekend column runs weekly. Fax information or updates to (661) 267-5747 by noon Wednesday. Mailing address is 1645 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite D, Palmdale, CA 93550, attention: Entertainment. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more