UBA Pledges More Funding for African Growth

first_imgBesides the $1million donation to assist the fight against Ebola, in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, in the three West African countries where the United Bank for Africa (UBA) does business, and other immeasurable and valuable investments in other African countries, the UBA has reconfirmed its Africa network as a strategic priority, and pledged further capital for African growth, UBA-Liberia has announced. The announcement to pump more money in the African economy, especially through governmental or public projects were made recently at an inaugural Senior Leadership Forum, where the UBA Group Chairman Mr. Tony O. Elumelu reflected on the strategic importance and growth potential of the Group’s pan-African business in a Forum, held in Nigeria recently. The Forum brought together 90 participants, including the entire Board of UBA, all Chairmen and all CEOs of UBA subsidiaries across Africa and the United Kingdom. It was timed to coincide with UBA’s Annual General Meeting and Group Board Meeting.Some of the projects the UBA funded include a US$315 million facility to the Government of Ghana for road projects on the strength of Road Fund levies, domiciled with UBA Ghana; a 234 million Euro oil and gas financing deal with Société Africaine de Raffinage (SAR) of Senegal, and a US$180 million to Delta Energy Zambia for the procurement and supply of petroleum products to marketing companies in Zambia.Others were a US$90m University of Dakar hostel construction project financed solely by UBA Senegal – African capital, building African infrastructure for African education as well as a USD$1.2 billion oil financing with NNPC and Chevron where UBA provided funding for Chevron and NNPC to develop 36 new oil wells that will significantly expand Nigeria’s oil production capacity.This means other countries, where the UBA operates might also benefit in keeping with the objective of creating an institution worthy of the patronage of clients and the trust of regulators and governments, which are inarguably critical issues and drivers for success across the continent. The pledge of more funding for African countries including the approval of additional injection of capital into its East African subsidiaries in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania was aimed to re-affirm UBA’s commitment to growth in its countries of operations across the continent.“We are one bank, the United Bank for Africa”, the UBA Group Chairman Elumelu said as he opened the Forum. “Bringing together our senior leadership talent from across the continent and the distinguished leaders who chair our subsidiary businesses is a powerful demonstration of our commitment to forge one bank for Africa.”“As long-term investors and pioneers in pan-African commercial and investment banking, we are deeply committed to the markets in which we operate and to harnessing the potential represented by the wider African economy. Our intention is to be the leader in African financial services, and our recent transaction track record shows this. We are realizing the potential of Africa” said Mr. Elumelu.UBA subsidiaries operate in 18 African countries and now contribute more than 25 per cent to Group operating revenue. UBA is increasingly recognized as a strong pan-African brand, hailed for democratizing banking in its countries of operation while participating in leading financial transactions, the group said in a statement. Other items on the agenda at the Forum included Know Your Customer (KYC) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) policies and compliance standards across the Group. The Group Compliance Officer Uche Ike stated that “compliance is non-negotiable. We operate as a global bank, in global centers (London, Paris and New York). We have seen how swiftly, internationally and within Africa, banks have lost hard earned reputations, through laxity in policy compliance and we will not tolerate this in UBA Group“.The Forum coincided with the 54th Annual General Meeting of UBA (where participants were also able to celebrate the Bank’s strong financial performance) as the week long activities culminated in the dedication of staff at the annual UBA CEO Awards ceremony.UBA reported strong financial results in 2015, in what is largely recognized as a challenging macro environment. Gross earnings were N315bn whilst operating profits stood at almost N70bn. UBA Africa operations currently contribute approximately 25% of these earnings but are expected to grow significantly and over time contribute as much as 50% to overall Group profitability. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

ONE: Jeremy Miado draws strength from losing compatriots in KO win

first_imgJeremy Miado was the lone Filipino winner at ONE: Age of Dragons. ONE CHAMPIONSHIP PHOTOBEIJING—Jeremy Miado, the third and last Filipino to step inside the ring in ONE: Age of Dragons Saturday night, watched two of his compatriots fall to China’s hometown bets by unanimous decision.Miado knew it was solely up to him to prevent a winless campaign by Filipinos in the China card.ADVERTISEMENT But rather than seeing it as added pressure, he used it as extra motivation.“I’m happy and sad at the same time because two other Filipinos lost, but I used that as my inspiration to really try and win,” Miado told the Philippine media in Filipino Friday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The 26-year-old Miado did not disappoint, knocking out China’s Miao Li Tao in scintillating fashion in the first round.Miado unleashed a well-timed flying knee that landed right in Miao’s chin that stunned the crowd at Cadillac Arena here. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:01PH’s Eumir Marcial win by KO middleweght final (Highlights)00:50Trending Articles01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption ‘People evacuated on their own’ 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw “That flying knee was really part of my game plan. I did that move over and over again during my training. I studied Miao well and I knew I would catch him with a flying knee,”Miado said.“He’s an overly aggressive fighter so I was just looking for the right time to catch him.”Ramon Gonzales and Edward Kelly, however, weren’t as fortunate.Gonzales yielded to Hexigetu in the opening bout while Kelly of Team Lakay bowed to a much-younger foe in Tang Kai.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs studycenter_img Andray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai Sotto Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees MOST READ PH women’s baseball cops bronze, earns spot in world championship 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist View commentslast_img read more

Corruption in Region 6 is taking a quantum leap

first_imgDear Editor,Corruption in Region 6 is taking a quantum leap. A group of persons go around in every nook and cranny, promising a varied array of services for a fee, whilst getting their clients to sign AFC membership forms.Recently, eight AFC members were lavishly awarded when they were given huge chunks of contracts, worth in excess of $15 million each, to slash and clean the shoulders of the Corentyne Highway. One of the ‘contractors’ is a member of the National Executive Committee and belongs to the Diaspora NY Chapter. Another one is the Chairman of the AFC’s Regional Management Committee, while one is an AFC RDC Councillor, and another is the CIIP Supervisor. It’s jobs for the boys!Another point to note is that none of these ‘contractors’ has any experience or competence to do the job, and one from Black Bush Polder actually sub-contracted the work out to an experienced contractor.Also, there is a lot of substandard work done, the bush and grass are not cut properly, and there are long stalks left standing; and in some cases, the garbage remains on the road sides. What system is in place for the Ministry of Infrastructure to certify these works? It is reported that there is a senior AFC member within the MoPI who was instrumental in the awarding of these contracts.These men were simply handpicked by the AFC and given these contracts on a platter. There were no advertised tenders, and no procurement rules were followed. The AFC was most vociferous during the 2015 Elections Campaign, calling for transparency, accountability and an end to corruption; but, today, the AFC is in the forefront of practising wholesale corruption, cronyism and nepotism. All the procurement rules are thrown on the wayside. This is shameless; no wonder the AFC in Region 6 is losing ground rapidly.Many of our qualified and experienced contractors made complaints to Mr Gobin Harbhajan, the PM’s Regional Representative, and when objections were made by Mr Gobin, two of these persons made negative comments, and even made reports to the #51 Police Station that they are being slandered. He was made a target of a part of this nefarious gang, infamously known as the Three Musketeers. But I am sure that Mr Gobin will not be deterred, he is an adamant fighter against corrupt practices.As a member of the PNC and an NDC Councillor, I am calling on the various ministries to ensure that contracts are awarded according to the procurement laws, and that such contracts are awarded through the Tender Boards.It is time to stop handpicking contractors, so that the public trust and confidence in our procurement process can once again be maintained. The Honorable Junior Minister of Public Infrastructure, Ms Annette Ferguson, should look into these corrupt AFC ‘fly by night’ contractors as a matter of urgency. They should be fired immediately.It is time our President put his foot down on this type of corruption.Yours sincerely,Raj Lakhram(Lakhram Singh)#52/74 NDC Councillorlast_img read more

Right here, in our own back yard

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“If we delay, we put at risk our continued economic growth and future scientific discovery.” At the core of his call to action is that we encourage students – from preschool through college – in their mathematics and science studies. If we do this, the outcome will be an increase in the number of elementary teachers who love mathematics and science, high school math and science teachers, health-care workers, scientists and inventors. What will Whittier College, in our own back yard, do to address this enormous challenge? The answer lies in harnessing and strengthening the commitment, creativity and cooperative efforts that have long been a part of the town/gown relationships between the college and the community. Our economic and social histories are intertwined, and our futures will continue to be connected through collaboration on issues ranging from the Uptown Specific Plan to the education of our children. More than one in 10 Whittier residents with a college degree graduated from Whittier College. More than 200 graduates from our education program are teaching your children in local schools. And Whittier students and employees spend an estimated $6 million annually in the city of Whittier. But what does this have to do with John Glenn’s challenge to the nation? Whittier College is poised to work with the community on this issue. Indeed, at a recent “College and Community” event, conversations buzzed with ideas for future collaborations. We are one of the few national liberal arts colleges to be designated an official Hispanic-Serving Institution. Our Latino students (a little more than one-quarter of our student body) not only attend, but graduate, and many of these students pursue careers in health care and science. As one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the nation, we provide a unique education for all students on campus and, thanks to our community partners, off campus as well, reflecting the “practical idealism” of our Quaker founders. We can become a national model for college/community cooperation to address the pipeline issue for careers in health care, mathematics and science. Whether tutoring children to use computers at the Boys & Girls Club, working with Los Nietos schoolchildren on math skills, advising Rio Hondo College students who want to transfer to Whittier College to become teachers, or planting native species in the Puente Hills, our students learn alongside your children. Our “Students in Free Enterprise” developed a marketing plan to raise money to send local children to Yosemite National Park for a week. One of the most meaningful experiences I had was listening to second-graders at Lydia Jackson School present the books they had written with their “reading buddies” from Whittier College. Last year, the generous support of the McCabe Foundation helped us support more than a dozen students at the Boys & Girls Club of Whittier and the Fifth Dimension after-school learning program. And more than 100 students recently attended demonstrations by Caltech and Jet Propulsion Laboratory astronomer Michelle Thaller in the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts. Drive by the college on Painter Avenue, and you will see a college on the move – the construction of a renovated/new Campus Center. In a few years, we plan to begin construction of a renovated, new science facility. We know that students best learn science by working side-by-side with faculty engaging in research. And we are building strong science programs and new science space that will facilitate this collaborative work. We will have a center where students – from chemistry, biology, political science, and other areas – can discuss health-care issues and policy. And as part of the college’s commitment to reduce its impact on the environment (Sharon Herzberger is one of more than 300 leaders of institutions to sign the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment), students, faculty and local schoolchildren will work together on environmental issues that impact our region. And we hope to receive funding to support a center for science education. These centers will position the college in a leadership role in educating students – especially Latinos – for careers in mathematics and science, whether that be K-12 teaching, health care or research. We look forward to expanding our partnerships in the community as we embrace this challenging – and exciting – opportunity. Susan D. Gotsch, Ph.D., is vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty at Whittier College. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Editor’s note: The right to write the following column was bought in a silent auction last fall to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Whittier. WHEN the Soviet Union launched Sputnik on Oct. 4, 1957, we in the U.S. shared the fear that our science education had fallen behind. A recent New York Times article describes the following years as “heady times” for science education. However, a half-century later, we face similar challenges. John Glenn – former astronaut, senator and chairman of the National Commission on Mathematics and Science for the 21st Century – stated: “We as a nation must take immediate action to improve the quality of math and science teaching in every classroom in this country. last_img read more

DD LOCAL – LIFFORD IS HAVING AN ‘ART’ ATTACK

first_imgLifford Clonleigh Resource Centre Local Notes• Art classes run on a Monday from 10.30-12.30 EVERYONE WELCOME!• One day Basic Food Hygiene Course on Tuesday 17th December from 10am-4.30pm. If you would be interested in taking part please contact Reception on 074 91 41773! • English Language class starting on Tuesday 12th November from 2.30-4.30. If you would be interested in taking part please contact reception on 074 91 41773.• In the New Year we are hoping to run the ASIST programme (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) this is a two day skills building workshop in Suicide first aid delivered by the HSE. This course would be suitable for caregivers who regularly have contact with vulnerable groups in their work or role in the community. If you would be interested in taking part please contact reception on 074 91 41773!• Mental Well Being Programme: This programme is open to all women. It aims to improve overall mental well-being using a holistic approach. The programme will highlight the value of nurturing, enable you to better manage stress, learn useful relaxation techniques and equip you with skills to maintain mental well-being and enhance the quality of your life moving forward! This programme runs in Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre on a Monday Morning from 10.30-12.30 for more information contact reception on 074 91 41773!• Self Management Course: This programme runs on Wednesday morning from 10am-1pm. For further information please contact the centre on 074 91 41773. • Parent and Toddler Group: Parent and Toddler group runs on a Wednesday morning from 10.30-12.30 in the ABC Centre Lifford. Life start will be attending to facilitate Messy Play, Fun and games, Arts and Crafts with the children. For more information please contact reception on 074 91 41773 or Feel free to pop in on the day.• Driver Theory and Gardening: The following courses will commence in the next few weeks in Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre. If you would be interested in taking part please contact reception on 074 91 41773!• Clothes Appeal: Blossoms charity shop is appealing for donations. We are looking for clothes, shoes, belts, bags, bric-a-brac, toys and books (in good condition). Items can be dropped into the Resource Centre when the shop is closed. “Many thanks”• “Blossoms” Charity Shop: We are currently looking for volunteers for our local charity shop “Blossoms”. This shop generates much needed income to help the running costs of the Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre. Without the help of volunteers we would not be able to open the shop. The new opening hours of the shop are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 12-4pm. If you have any free time to spare and would like to help out please contact reception on 074 91 41773.• New weight loss class on Thuirsdays from 6.30-7.30pm in Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre €5.00 per class. There is no joining fee or no penalty fees. Weekly group meetings and weigh in. For more information contact Karen on 086 3470798 www.slimruswithkarenmcglinchey.com • Good Morning Service: We are currently looking for volunteers for our Good Morning Service in Lifford/Clonleigh Resource Centre. Do you have a few hours per week to spare and would like to join our team of volunteers who make telephone calls to older people each week in their homes. Full training, Monitoring and support are provided for all volunteers. Contact us for more information on 074 93 21598.• Astro Turf Pitch available for hire midweek and weekends (daytime only) for more information contact the centre on 074 91 41773.• Counselling & Support Services: Free Confidential Counselling Support. You can avail of this service free of charge if you are 17 years or over, whether you are Male or Female. Service Available@ Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre, Castlefinn and Manorcunningham. Strictly Appointment Only. For Further information contact44 784 9223 114. • Young parents Pathways programme Start date to be confirmed: This programme is open to Young parents that would like to learn: Parenting Advice, Personal Development, Health Awareness, Paediatric First Aid and IT Qualification. Also enjoy Fun days out for parents & children, Visits to health spas. All expenses are covered by this programme at no cost to the individual. There is also childcare supplements and free travel available. For further information or to receive an application form Contact 04882 250 962 /0749141773.• Writer’s Group: every Wednesday from 2.30-4.30.• Knitting group: every Wednesday from 8.00-9.30.• Just 4 Me Group: every Monday from 12.45-2.45.• 50+ groups: every Tuesday from 11.30-1.30.• Friday Club: every Friday from 11.00-1.00.DD LOCAL – LIFFORD IS HAVING AN ‘ART’ ATTACK was last modified: November 7th, 2013 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)Tags:LIfford noteslast_img read more

Hearts sign defenders Michael Smith and Ashley Smith-Brown

first_imgSmith-Brown, 21, is a product of the Manchester City youth academy, having joined at the age of 10 and has represented England at various youth levels. He spent last season on loan to Dutch side NAC Breda and helped them win promotion back to the Eresdivisie. The due are Hearts coach Ian Cathro’s fifth and sixth summer signings respectively. They follow Kyle Lafferty, Cole Stockton, Christophe Berra and Rafal Grzelak in joining the Tynecastle squad for next season. Hearts have made two defensive signings, securing the signature of defender Michael Smith from Peterborough United and Ashley Smith-Brown on loan from Manchester City.Right back Smith has agreed a two-year deal at Tynecastle, subject to international clearance, and Hearts have paid a nominal fee to the League One club.Left back Smith-Brown joins from the English Premier League for the 2017/18 campaign, also subject to international clearance. Smith, 28, earned his first Northern Ireland cap last year. He began his senior career at Ballymena United before moving to Bristol Rovers in 2011. He went on to make more than 100 appearances for Rovers before moving to Peterborough in 2014.last_img read more

South Africa consoles Tsvangirai

first_img9 March 2009 South Africa has sent its condolences to Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on the death of his wife, Susan, in a car accident on Friday. South African President Kgalema Motlanthe, who is also chairman of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), issued a statement on Saturday expressing shock at the accident and conveying the condolences of the country and the region. “As you mourn the death of your beloved wife Susan, please be assured of the unwavering and moral support of the government and people of South Africa as well as the SADC during this hour of need and bereavement,” Motlanthe said. Former South African president Thabo Mbeki, who was a major role-player in the talks to establish a government of unity in Zimbabwe, has also sent his condolences to the Tsvangirai family. Tsvangirai and his wife were travelling on Friday from Harare to Buhera, where he was due to attend a rally on Saturday. His car was hit by a truck which crossed into the oncoming lane and side-swiped his vehicle, causing it to roll several times, police said. Britain has confirmed that the truck was owned by a joint Unites States-British aid project that delivers HIV/Aids drugs. Susan Tsvangirai died at the scene of the accident. She was reportedly flung out of the car as it rolled over and landed on top of her. Rescuers found her 15 metres from the wrecked vehicle, fatally wounded with serious internal injuries and fractures to both legs. She was rushed to Beatrice Hospital, where she was confirmed dead on arrival. Tsvangirai, who sustained minor injuries in the accident, left for neighbouring Botswana for medical treatment on Saturday after he was released from the Avenues Clinic in Harare. The MDC has said it will carry out its own investigation into the collision. While the authorities have not suggested foul play, Finance Minister Tendai Biti has suggested that a police escort might have prevented the accident. The accident has raised new concerns about Zimbabwe’s fragile unity government, whose inception has been plagued by disputes over the appointments of top officials. The new government faces an array of problems, including food and fuel shortages, the world’s most serious hyperinflation, and a cholera outbreak in which nearly 88 000 people have been infected, with nearly 4 000 killed. Tsvangirai, who turns 57 on Tuesday, had six children with his wife Susan, who was popular among MDC supporters, and would chant “mother, mother” when she appeared at rallies with her husband. Susan Tsvangirai avoided the spotlight, but stood by her husband throughout his ordeals as Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s most determined opponent. She is to be buried in her rural hometown of Buhera on Wednesday. A senior official from Zimbabwe’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), the party headed up by Tsvangirai, said a procession would be held in Harare on Tuesday in her honour. Source: BuaNews-Xinhualast_img read more

De Voest eager for Irene Davis Cup tie

first_img8 January 2014When South Africa takes on Monaco in a Davis Cup tie from 31 January to 2 February at the Irene Country Club just outside Pretoria it will be a return to a venue very familiar to long-time South African Davis Cup star Rik de Voest.Although captain John-Laffnie de Jager has not yet named his team, De Voest is sure to be in it as he is ranked only behind Kevin Anderson among South Africans.‘This is where my tennis started’“We moved to Irene in 1984 and my parents joined the club. This is where I had my first introduction to tennis and I fondly remember hitting balls with my dad with a wooden racket, so effectively this is where my tennis started,” De Voest recalled in a statement on Tuesday.“I took my first tennis lessons at the Irene Country Club and, because we lived close by, I made use of the courts frequently in my younger years.”After De Voest turned professional, Irene Country Club became involved in a tennis initiative with the local farm school and De Voest gave the project his full support.Successful programme“Over the years I have been lucky enough to see the growth of this programme and follow the success of the players that have passed through it. I have always donated all my used tennis rackets and clothing and footwear to the programme over the years,” he said.Recently the tennis side of the club has undergone a renovation, which included the addition of new courts. This has increased the popularity of tennis at the club and attracted new members.‘Amazing’“It would be amazing to play a Davis Cup tie at Irene Country Club,” said De Voest.” I believe the exposure to international players and the national team will further benefit the development and interest in tennis at Irene.“Now nearing the end phase of my tennis career and with my long history with the club, it would be extra special to play a Davis Cup tie at Irene Country Club where it all began for me.”TeamsSouth Africa and Monaco are expected to name their sides for the tie mid-January. According to Davis Cup rules, both teams have the right to name their squads up until 10 days before the commencement of the tie.The tie will be played on a hard court with seats for 700 spectators.All the matches are played as the best of five sets until a result has been achieved.Admission will be free on first come first serve basis, for unreserved seats.PROGRAMMEFriday, 31 January 09:45 – Opening Ceremony10:00 – First singles match to be followed by second rubber immediately thereafter Saturday 1 February 12:00 – Doubles Match Sunday, 2 February10:00 – First reverse singles match, followed by final singles match SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Gmail Labs Adds More Features: Makes Working With Labels Easier

first_imgTags:#Google#news#web Google announced a few additions to Gmail Labs today that make using labels a bit easier and expand the functionality of some of the already established features. Google announced Gmail Labs in June and, at that time, introduced 13 experimental features. This new batch of updates consists of 3 new features: custom label colors, label specific keyboard shortcuts, and the ability to change the order of items in the navbar.Custom Label Colors By default, Gmail lets you choose between 24 different colors for your labels. If your favorite color is not part of this default set, you can now pick and choose from a lot more colors for your labels and, in addition, you can also choose the color of the text in the labels.Go To Label Keyboard ShortcutIf you activate the ‘go to label keyboard shortcut’ feature, you can now hit ‘g’ ‘l’ on your keyboard and a little pop-up will show up that lets you type in the label/folder you want to navigate to. This comes with a build-in autocomplete feature, so unless you have an insanely complicated label structure in Gmail, you will only have to type in a few letters to get to your destination. For users who prefer to use keyboard shortcuts, this marks the first time they can just switch between labels without have to resort to using the mouse.Navbar Drag and DropOne minor annoyance of Gmail was that every item in the navbar on the left was always fixed in place. Even if you never used the built-in chat, it was always stuck in the same place. Now, you can rearrange these items on the navbar and move the labels up to the top and the chat feature to the bottom.Nice, But Nothing RevolutionaryIt’s nice to see that Google hasn’t forgotten about the Gmail Labs and keeps adding more features. None of these new experiments are earth-shattering, but for a successful product like Gmail, it’s the little evolutionary additions that matter more than radical design overhauls. For now, our favorite Gmail Labs feature is still Superstars, though we have already made good use of the new drag and drop feature to rearrange our menus. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market frederic lardinoiscenter_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Breaking News in the Industry: March 19, 2018

first_imgPolice stop shoplifting spree [Viral Video]Seattle, Washington, police arrested some thieves who they say were trying steal “in bulk” from Costco. Seattle police put an end to the shoplifting spree as dash cameras and body cams recorded. loss prevention associates recognized what was going on inside the Costco store and called police. The suspects were gathering up laptops and other items, preparing to escape out a fire exit. A getaway driver was waiting outside. Police got in position and waited until the would-be thieves came through the fire doors. Police arrested the 30-year-old man and 21-year-old woman. The 18-year-old getaway driver was also arrested. Investigators believe they hit a different Costco earlier the same day– -stealing more than $2,000 worth of electronics. LP associates told detectives they’d had run-ins with one of the suspects before and he’d had a knife with a seven-inch blade in his pocket. Officers say the suspect had the knife when he was arrested Wednesday, as well. He was booked for investigation of robbery, and the women were booked for investigation of theft. They were all taken to the King County Jail. [Source: KIRO7 News] Man arrested for allegedly robbing 4 fast food restaurants in 18-day spanA man has been arrested for allegedly robbing four fast food restaurants during a near three-week period in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Alan Michael Josey, 21, has been charged with several counts of commercial armed robbery and is being held without bond. The armed robberies took place on the 15700 block of Livingston Road in Accokeek (Feb. 22), the 9500 block of Livingston Road in Fort Washington (March 8), the 8900 block of Annapolis Road in Lanham (March 11), and the 5300 block of Marlboro Pike in District Heights (March 11). Police said all of the incidents were armed robberies.There were no injuries in any of the incidents. Investigators say Josey is connected to a fifth robbery at a retail store in Anne Arundel County. On Monday, authorities said Josey and a woman were wanted for robbing a fast food restaurant in Accokeek. The two walked into the restaurant, and police said he confronted an employee, pulled out a gun and demanded money. The woman reportedly acted as a lookout during the incident. Police said after the robbery they left the restaurant in a White Nissan Altima with D.C. license plates. [Source: WJLA News]- Sponsor – Police searching for women accused of shoplifting 17 pairs of shoes with kidsIn Oklahoma City, Police are searching for three women accused of shoplifting 17 pairs of shoes while with children in the northwest side. On Wednesday, photos were released of the women believed to have been involved in the grand larceny Sunday evening at Shoe Carnival in the 1700 block of Belle Isle Boulevard. The shoes cost more than $1,000 altogether. “To make matters worse, they had small children with them,” police said.According to a police report, the women first went to a register with 22 pairs of shoes, a soft drink and a Reese’s Snack Mix. A clerk began to ring up and bag the shoes when the women and kids began grabbing the bags and walking out of the store before paying. According to the report, the clerk alerted a manager and one of the women told the employees her husband was in the back picking out another pair of shoes and would momentarily pay for everything. The women and kids then left the store with the 17 pairs and the snack mix. The manager told police five pairs of shoes were left at the counter. He believed the women parked far from the store in order to not be seen leaving. If  you have any information, contact Crime Stoppers by calling 405-235-7300 or submitting a tip online. You can remain anonymous and may earn a cash reward.  [Source: Oklahoma’s News 4]Parking lot meth lab busted after shoplifter pursuitIn Tennessee, three people were arrested Tuesday afternoon in the Dickson Walmart parking lot when the pursuit of a shoplifter led to a vehicle containing meth-making materials, according to authorities. Thomas Seitz, 52; Genifer Pevahouse, 42, and Larry Terlecki, 45, were all arrested for shoplifting as well as charges for possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. Seitz was also charged with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. Pevahouse was also charged with resisting arrest and possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony. Terlecki faces additional charges for a warrant for his arrest for domestic assault. Once the three were caught shoplifting, law enforcement received permission search the car and discovered the meth lab inside, said Dickson police. The 23rd Judicial District Drug Task Force and and Tennessee Dangerous Drugs Task Force were alerted and and arrive to assist with the investigation. [Source: Tennessean]Employee accused of stealing more than 1,000 iPads ordered into federal custodyA judge Thursday ruled a former Gary, Indiana, employee who allegedly used city funds to buy more than 1,000 Apple iPads must go into federal custody for a competency evaluation. Judge Philip Simon ordered that Monique Bowling-Boyd self-report to federal custody to see if she’s able to stand trial for charges of theft. Simon said it’s important to get the case moving along, and an evaluation will be able to determine if Bowling-Boyd is not competent to stand trial or malingering. “We need an expert to suss that out for us,” Simon said. Bowling-Boyd’s attorney initially sought an outpatient evaluation but Thursday agreed that it would be best done in a facility.Prosecutors allege that Bowling-Boyd, then Gary’s head of IT services, bought more than 1,000 iPads and other computer equipment, valued in excess of $5,000, according to court documents. The additional charges allege that Bowling-Boyd participated in a scheme to cash pension checks from a dead man, according to court documents, and used the deceased man’s identification card to cash or deposit the checks. Bowling-Boyd’s attorney sought a competency evaluation earlier in January, according to court documents, and Schlesinger said that since he began working on the case in September 2017, she was unable to speak during an interview with him and still has not spoken to him. [Source: Post Tribune]Cop’s hunch leads to suspect in widespread credit-data theftA California man, who attracted attention when he looked away from a Cinnaminson, New Jersey, police officer, received a three-year jail term Wednesday for his role in a massive conspiracy to steal credit cards. Angel Angulo, 28, took part in a scheme that used wireless devices to steal customer information during purchases with credit and debit cards at about 80 Michaels’s stores in 19 states, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for New Jersey. Ring members used the stolen data to create counterfeit cards, then withdrew money from the victims’ bank accounts, the federal prosecutor’s office said. Angulo and an alleged accomplice, Crystal Banuelos of Bloomington, California, had 179 counterfeit cards and about $13,000 when they were arrested in May 2011. They allegedly made withdrawals from ATMs in April and May 2011. The Californians were arrested after Cinnaminson police officer F.D. “Don” Rock noticed Banuelos lingering in a car at a stop sign near a bank. He then saw Angulo walking near the bank’s ATM, wearing dark sunglasses on a cloudy day. The suspects, who both avoided Rock’s gaze, were arrested minutes later after stopping at a Route 130 gas station. The Riverside, California, man previously pleaded guilty in federal court, Camden, to conspiring to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. Angulo also must pay restitution of $480,300 under a sentence imposed by US District Judge Joseph Rodriguez. Banuelos awaits sentencing after pleading guilty to the same charges.  [Source: Courier Post] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more