first_imgBY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGABACOLOD City – A Belgian national was killed by at least four unidentified armed robbers in a home invasion at Villa Angela Subdivision, Barangay Villamonte early yesterday morning.Police identified the fatality as 76-year-old Carl Nolens, a resident of the village. BCPO spokesperson Police Lieutenant Colonel Ariel Pico said previously a house located in Eroreco Subdivision in Barangay Mandalagan was also forcibly entered by armed robbers.Pico said it is also possible that the robbers are the same individuals who struck several homes in the city during the enhanced community quarantine period.He added they are also probing if the suspects are members of an organized crime group operating in the city and nearby areas in Negros Occidental.City police director Colonel Henry Biñas has also received orders from Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia to investigate the incident and pursue the suspects.Biñas said he has already tapped the assistance of the Regional Intelligence Unit, Regional Drug Enforcement Unit and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group for the speedy resolution of the case.He further added he received orders from Leonardia to intensify the deployment of police officers in the city to prevent similar cases from happening./PN Nolens’ wife, meanwhile, was injured after jumping from the second floor of their home in an attempt to escape the robbers.Five other people, including the victims’ in-law, escaped unharmed.Police Station 4 commander, Police Major Charles Gever, said the four suspects gained entry into the foreigner’s home by destroying the grills of the perimeter wall, citing initial investigation.The suspects then climbed up into the balcony and destroyed the sliding door.Once inside the suspects, Gever said the burglars forcibly took the bag owned by the victim’s wife containing an undetermined amount of cash and jewelry.However, Nolens resisted against the suspects and he was shot in the stomach using an M16 assault rifle, while Nolens’ wife managed to jump off the balcony. The suspects then proceeded to the victim’s in-law and servants, hogtied them and fled.Nolens and his wife were rushed to the Metro Bacolod Hospital and Medical Center, where the hospital staff declared the victim “dead on arrival.”A further probe of the incident also revealed that prior to the attack, the suspects also attempted to burglarize another house near the victim’s home, although they were thwarted because of the presence of guard dogs roaming around the compound.The suspects reportedly threw a head of a chicken containing poison, killing three of the guard dogs in the process.Gever said they already have several persons of interest in the crime and are presently conducting hot-pursuit operations against them.Meanwhile, Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) reports that the incident may be connected to the other string of robbery incidents which took place recently.last_img read more


first_img14 October 2005South African mining giants Anglo American and Kumba Resources have announced a major black economic empowerment (BEE) deal establishing the country’s largest wholly black owned, controlled and managed company, valued at some R16-billion.The transaction, announced on Thursday, will see the partial separation of Kumba’s iron ore assets from its non-iron assets into Kumba Iron Ore, a new company, and Newco, the reconstituted Kumba Resources in terms of the transaction.The deal will establish Newco as South Africa’s flagship empowerment mining company with an enterprise value of R16-billion. Newco will be controlled by broad-based BEE groups via BEE Holdco, a black-controlled company holding 55% of Newco.The South African Women in Mining Association will have a 17.8% effective and fully funded interest in BEE Holdco.Newco will be a diversified mining company well positioned strategically and financially to take advantage of growth opportunities in the mining sector in SA, Africa and globally, the companies said.Anglo American will retain a residual stake in Newco as a demonstration of its long-term commitment to the company. Newco will also acquire the entire issued share capital of Eyesizwe Coal from Eyesizwe Mining and the other shareholders. The shareholders will use most of the cash received to subscribe for shares in BEE Holdco.Kumba Iron Ore will be listed on the JSE with an enterprise value of some R14-billion which, through unbundling iron ore assets to all existing Kumba Resources shareholders, will hold the majority of Kumba Resources’ South African iron ore assets through Sishen Iron Ore Company, with Newco retaining a 20% stake in Sishen.“This transformational transaction, daring in its boldness and scale, creates two separate, sizeable and sustainable listed empowered companies,” said Lazarus Zim, CEO of Anglo American South Africa. “These new entities will be value accretive, breaking new ground in transformation and meeting the needs of stakeholders at every level.”Con Fauconnier, CEO of Kumba Resources, said the deal had been planned for some time.“Ever since Kumba Resources came into existence, Kumba has been exploring ways of creating a sustainable empowerment transaction reflective of South Africa’s demographics,” he said. “Today, Kumba has come of age,and through our symbiotic relationship with Eyesizwe we have created South Africa’s flagship empowerment company.”The transaction was hailed by Sipho Nkosi, chief executive of Eyesizwe Mining.“It is creating winners at every level – from the country that hosts the resources to the people that extract them to the communities that benefit,” Nkosi said.“The joining of Kumba and Eyesizwe represents a new force in South African mining: a R16-billion company with an exceptionally broad base of empowerment shareholders and the ideal vehicle to accelerate sectoral growth and development in South Africa.”Pinkie Ncetezo, chairperson of Basadi Ba Kopane, welcomed the significant element of participation by women’s groups in the transaction.“True transformation and broad-based empowerment addresses gender issues and community participation and we are confident that as partners going forward these two vital attributes will be achieved,” Ncetezo said. “We have the right calibre of women’s groupings in this transaction to hold the torch for other women to follow.”The deals are subject to the completion of satisfactory due diligence reviews, the requisite legal and funding agreements, regulatory and shareholder approval.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more


first_imgAn 18-year-old boy was mauled to death by a leopard in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said on Tuesday. Paroshotam Kumar was killed by the wild animal while returning to his residence in Ramkote area late on Monday, a police officer said. He said the mutilated body was recovered from the bushes and handed over to his family. The incident has caused panic among residents who took to the streets on Tuesday morning along with the victim’s body. Senior police and civil officers rushed to the area and persuaded the protesters to disperse, assuring necessary measures, the officer said.last_img read more


first_imgMumbai, Jun 21 (PTI) Multi-sports championship event for schools – Sports For All – has announced opening of registrations for its third edition.The third season of SFA will be held at three places in the city, including the D Y Patil Stadium in neighbouring Navi Mumbai, from December 1 to 23.SFA 2017 will see many new additions in several aspects of the off-ground activities with the sole aim of further enhancing the athlete experience, a media release said.This would include the new version of the SFA data and analytics-driven portal. SFA is also going to offer video analysis services to the participating athletes, which will help them improve their performance, it said.According to the release, SFA is also announcing various awards and recognition along with scholarships in each sport for the most promising athletes, strongest school contingents, best coaches amongst others.SFA founder Rishikesh Joshi said, “We incepted SFA keeping in mind a single purpose ? that is to unearth talent from the roots across the country.”SFA has seen participation of over 35,000 children in 25 Olympic disciplines.It said the annual fee for schools is Rs 12,000 and athletes (from registered schools) is Rs 200 for participating in all the proposed 25-plus sporting disciplines.Licenced referees and officials will be overseeing the matches. PTI NRB NPlast_img read more


first_imgclemson head coach dabo swinney celebrates during national titleSANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers looks on during warm ups prior to the CFP National Championship against the Alabama Crimson Tide presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)It is a Saturday morning, and while many of us our enjoying the kickoff of the Premiere League, we’re even more pumped that in a few weeks we’ll be watching the end of College GameDay and getting ready to watch football from noon until we can’t keep out eyes open. Clemson is amped up for the start of the season, and dropped a very cool Instagram hype video to celebrate. It’s title? “Soon.” That’s a sentiment we can all get behind. The Tigers open their season with a 12:30 matchup against Wofford on September 5. We’re so close to football season, everyone. Hang in there.last_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi: The country’s crude oil production fell over 4 per cent in the financial year 2018-19 after aging fields of state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) and Oil India Ltd (OIL) missed the target, official data showed Thursday. India produced 34.2 million tonne of crude oil in the fiscal year ended March 31, down from 35.7 million tonne in the previous year, according to data released by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas here. ONGC output dropped to 21 million tonne from 22.25 million tonne in 2017-18, while OIL saw a 2.5 per cent dip to 3.3 million tonne. Fields in the private sector saw a production drop of nearly 2 per cent to 9.8 million tonne mainly because of lower output at Cairn India’s Rajasthan oilfields. ONGC production was lower due to technical issues at its Mumbai and Neelam Heera fields in the Arabian Sea and less than the production at Santhal and Balol fields in Gujarat. During March, the country’s total crude oil production fell to 2.85 million tonne from 3.04 million tonne in the corresponding month of the previous fiscal year. Natural gas production, however, edged up to 32.9 billion cubic metre (BCM) in 2018-19, from 32.6 BCM in the previous year as ONGC produced 5.3 per cent more gas at 24.67 BCM. Higher production by ONGC made up for a nearly 14 per cent drop in output from private sector fields at 5.47 BCM. This was a result of shutting down of two more wells at Reliance Industries’ eastern offshore D1-D3 gas fields in the flagging KG-D6 block, the ministry statement said. Indian refineries produced 2 per cent higher fuel and other petroleum products at 257.2 million tonne in 2018-19 on a better showing by state-owned firms. State-owned refiners such as Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) produced nearly 3 per cent more fuel at 151 million tonnes in 2018-19, while private sector refinery throughput was nearly 3.5 per cent lower at 88 million tonne after both Reliance Industries’ Jamnagar refineries and Nayara Energy’s Vadinar units in Gujarat produced less.last_img read more


first_imgBordeaux- Very few Moroccans give time or money to charity, placing the Kingdom at the bottom of a ranking analyzing volunteer actions in 20 countries.On the occasion of the 8th National Forum of Associations and Foundations which was held in Paris on October 24th, Deloitte consulting group published a report on the implication of citizens in charities. It provides a comparative analysis of associative structures worldwide and provides information on how Morocco can become better by importing the best practices from abroad.According to report, which is based on a study comparative study conducted in 20 countries, public funds account for 37% of Moroccan associations’ budget, while the private share is 37% and 26% comes from grants and donations. Unlike the 52% of Norwegians who give back to their community without asking for anything in return, Moroccans are only 4% to volunteer regularly. Only India and Japan, with only 1%, are behind the Kingdom.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more


Blue Jackets’ goaltender Steve Mason is suffering from a sophomore slump and is handicapping the Jackets.After playing brilliantly through his rookie season, Mason’s play has regressed and has left the Jackets hurting.Last season, Mason provided a lift for the Jackets in their best season in franchise history. Mason put on a spectacular display on a nightly basis, racking up 10 shutouts and eventually winning NHL Rookie of the Year honors.This year, however, is a different story. Mason’s save percentage has fallen from .916 to .890 and his goals against average has increased by more than a full goal.While the Jackets haven’t helped him by continually turning over the puck in their own zone, Mason’s play leaves much to be desired. He has repeatedly allowed easy goals and in more than one occasion forced coach Ken Hitchcock to pull him from games. Mason currently leads the NHL with 15 losses after losing only 20 games all of last season.While Mason is and will be a great goaltender in this league, the Jackets don’t have the luxury of letting him work through his slump on the ice. The Jackets are fourth in the Central Division and third-worst in the Western Conference.If the Jackets are to have any chance at making the playoffs they need to get on track immediately. Believe it or not, the playoffs aren’t out of the question.At this juncture last year, the Jackets were only four points ahead of where they are now. The St. Louis Blues were actually three points behind where the Jackets are now and managed to play themselves into the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference. But if the Jackets have any aspirations of climbing back into the race, they need a spark.That spark might be backup goaltender Mathieu Garon. Garon has been in net for the Jackets past three games, all of which the Jackets won. Garon was honored as one of the NHL’s three Stars of the Week for his performance, which included a shutout Sunday of Dallas. Garon has a lower goals against average (2.55) than Mason, and a higher save percentage (.909).At this point, the Jackets have played themselves into a goaltender controversy. Since the Jackets are desperate for a boost, Hitchcock should continue to start Garon until the Olympic break, which starts Feb. 15 for the Jackets. Garon has shown he can be effective if given the chance to play in consecutive games and deserves a shot with Mason struggling.During the break, the team can re-evaluate where they are in the standings and the goaltender situation. Worst-case scenario, the Jackets continue to play sub .500 hockey and are out of the playoff picture. In that case the team can go back to Mason and see if he can get back on track. Or, Garon might provide the lift the Jackets desperately need in which case Hitchcock can stick with him in net and use Mason as the backup. read more


first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 3, 2017 – Nassau – The Minnis Administration will introduce a number of “ambitious social intervention and training programmes” to help transform the prospects and lives of those in gangs or those minded to criminal behaviour even as it remains tough on crime.“Those who are open to being helped will be helped. But those who decide on a life of crime, and who seek to do violence, will feel the full weight of the law,” Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis said Monday (October 30).“We must use every measure possible to reduce crime and to restore a more peaceful way of life for our people.”Delivering the keynote address at the Handover Ceremony of the Office of Commissioner of Police at Police Headquarters, East Street, Prime Minister Minnis said the fight against crime and corruption must be comprehensive and vigorous.Prime Minister Minnis said the “great challenge of criminal violence” facing The Bahamas is rooted in “a sad and sordid history.” The Prime Minister said his Administration will work towards restoring the productive values of Bahamian culture.“I intend to lead the fight by ensuring there is honesty in government; that there is fairness in contracting and that the corrupt are no longer able to use power to protect themselves from the law.“I do not accept that any group of Bahamians should have special protection.  We are a nation of laws. All Bahamians should follow those laws or face the consequences of their transgressions. We must fight crime and corruption at every level.   This includes criminal violence and those who would abuse their high office and engage in corrupt practices,” Prime Minister Minnis said.By: Matt Maura (BIS)last_img read more