After several court appearances without the seven defendants it bailed out of jail, the management of Sky Insurance Company was yesterday threatened with imprisonment by Judge Peter Gbeneweleh of Criminal Court ‘C,’ if the insurance company failed to produce them by Friday, June 5.Judge Gbeneweleh also ordered the seven defendants to be re-arrested and brought under the jurisdiction of the court.“If they are arrested after 6:00 p.m. they should be detained at the nearest police station,” the Judge said.The company in 2013 secured over US$1.2m bail bond that compelled the court to release the defendants from further detention, and to have them appear whenever called upon to answer to their charges.They were accused of stealing US$1.2m from the First International Bank (FIB) FIB where they were employed.Unfortunately, the company is yet to bring the defendants to answer to their multiple charges ranging from money laundering, theft of property, criminal conspiracy and facilitation and forgery despite several attempts to locate and have them appear in court.Surprisingly, it was when Sky management appeared yesterday, again without the defendants, that their lawyers admitted failing to find the defendants saying all efforts had failed thereby embarrassing their insurance company without any justifiable cause.Their admission prompted Judge Gbeneweleh in his ruling to declare that he was giving the management of Sky Insurance Company up to Friday, June 5, to produce before this court the seven co-defendants on whose behalf it filed the bond.He reiterated that “these co-defendants should be produced before the court at the hour of 9:00 a.m. failing which the managing director or his deputies would be detained for 30 days.The Judge did not say whether or not the court would force the insurance company, if they again did not present the defendants before him to pay back the US$1.2 million allegedly stolen from the bank.Instead, he went ahead to quote Section 13.8 of the Criminal Procedural Law which states, “It provides that the surety is under obligation to surrender defendants before a court of competent jurisdiction where the matter was first handled.”“In this instance it is the responsibility of the management of the Sky Insurance Company to produce before this court, the co-defendants in whose favor the bail bond was signed.”Judge Gbeneweleh’s statement came after Sky Insurance lawyers argued that it was the defendants’ individual lawyers, who asked them to secure the bail which they did not do on their own. They appealed to the court to also charge the defendants’ lawyers with criminal contempt to show why their clients cannot be produced before this court.Judge Gbeneweleh clarified in his ruling that, “our law did not provide that a counsel for a defendant is obliged to produce his client before the court, when said legal counsel is not a surety of that client, instead, he or she was representing the legal interest of said client.”He said the request by the lawyer of the surety, insurance company, to hold the legal counsels of the defendants in contempt of court was not supported by law.In addition, Judge Gbeneweleh emphasized that “it is provocative and confrontational and indeed warrant the court to imprison its managing director.”“I am taken aback for a legal counsel who is voice of the law to ask the court to hold his colleague liable for their clients’ non- appearance, when they are not the sureties,” he responded.Before, Judge Gbeneweleh’s decision, prosecution in counter argument said, it may be true that lawyers represented the defendants in securing the bond from the Sky Insurance Company.They contended that it was the company that entered into a contract with the defendants and not the lawyers.“As such, it remains the responsibility of Sky Insurance Company to produce the defendants, if and when said, demand arises,” they said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Chelsea have been beaten for the first time under Antonio Conte.The Blues lost 2-1 against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, where they were unable to find an equaliser after Diego Costa pulled a goal back in the second half.Conte angered some of the home fans by waiting until seven minutes from the end before making any substitutions.The Italian explained that he believed his team looked like finding a second goal – and he also praised David Luiz for his performance following the Brazilian’s first appearance since returning to to the Bridge.It was a tough reintroduction to English football for David LuizMeanwhile, QPR plan to open talks with Tjaronn Chery’s representatives next week over a potential new contract for the Dutchman.West London Sport recently revealed that Rangers would approach Chery about a new deal – and revealed that he had indicated that he would like to re-sign.Sebastian Polter has been passed fit to return to the Rangers squad for their trip to Huddersfield, where Massimo Loungo could also return.Polter missed the games against Blackburn and NewcastleBut the club remain braced for bad news on James Perch, who underwent a scan on his injured knee on Friday.On a brighter note, Uxbridge’s Natasha Baker won the third and fourth Paralympic gold medals of her career with a commanding performance in the dressage in Rio.And in snooker, Pinner’s Martin Gould has told West London Sport he is hopeful of return to the world’s top 16 which would get him back on track to qualify for the Masters in 2017.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
OAKLAND – The Warriors wrapped up open practice at Oracle Arena Sunday afternoon.Here are five takeaways from the session.Draymond Green will not play vs Phoenix Monday night.The three-time all-star, who missed the first two preseason games, was seen briefly during the open practice during player introductions. However, Green did participate in a solo workout during the team’s closed session Sunday afternoon. While Green won’t play Monday, Warriors’ coach Steve Kerr said the forward will …
Don’t look at this picture till you’re ready. Switch off the phone, turn off the radio, rub your eyes, and sit down. Ready? Click Here. This is a view of Saturn we could never see from Earth. It’s the backside of the planet, with the sun shining through the rings. According to a JPL press release, “This marvelous panoramic view was created by combining a total of 165 images taken by the Cassini wide-angle camera over nearly three hours on Sept. 15, 2006.” Another version with enhanced brightness and color is available also: click here for Saturn in all its backlit glory. This was Astronomy Picture of the Day for Oct. 16. Look carefully in the outermost broad E-ring on the left foreground, and you can see the tiny moon Enceladus (click here for close-up) with its geysers sputtering along, feeding the short-lived E-ring with new material (11/28/2005, 03/01/2006, 07/11/2006). Now look at the picture again. See that tiny white speck on the left side, outside the bright main rings, but just inside the fainter G-ring? That’s the Earth – that’s us – from almost a billion miles away. Click here for a close-up. A member of a planetary discussion group has labeled the features in this image on Unmanned Spaceflight. The Division of Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society has been meeting all week in Pasadena, and scientific announcements are being made daily. One of the most interesting concerns Saturn’s rings. Scientists are baffled by color differences that cannot yet be explained. A JPL press release states:“We expected to see things we haven’t seen before, but we are really, really puzzled by these new images of Saturn’s main ring system,” said Dr. Phil Nicholson, of Cornell, Cassini visual and infrared spectrometer team member. “The rings appear very different, with none of their usual calling card of water-ice features. There are hints that other material besides ice might finally be detected within the rings.” “The main rings show a neutral color, while the C ring is reddish, and the D and E rings are quite blue,” added Nicholson. “We don’t quite understand if these variations are due to differences in particle size or composition, but it’s nice to be surprised every once in a while.”The colors he mentioned can be seen in a labeled version of the montage, and are even more apparent in this infrared image. One reason for the puzzlement is that the images indicate the rings are dynamic, evolving, ephemeral phenomena. This means that what we are seeing today could not last for billions of years. New rings discovered in the backlit image seem associated with small embedded moons, indicating that the moonlets are producing the rings (see picture). How does this occur?Saturn’s smallest moons have weak gravity and cannot retain any loose material on their surfaces. When these moons are struck by rapidly moving interplanetary meteoroids, this loose material is blasted off their surfaces and into Saturn orbit, creating diffuse rings along the moons’ orbital paths. Collisions among several moonlets, or clumps of boulder-sized rubble, might also lead to debris trails. For instance, Saturn’s G ring seems not to have any single moon large enough to see; it might have formed from a recent breakup of a moon.Evidence for impactors also comes from the innermost D-ring of Saturn, another tenuous ring of fine material. Another JPL press release tells the detective story of a modern-day collision. A low-oblique Cassini image indicates a wavy, “corrugated” spiral with crests about 30 km apart (see illustration and line-of-sight diagram). In a Hubble 1995 photo, the crests were about 60 km apart. This indicates that the spiral has been winding up tighter over the last 11 years. Extrapolating backward, the scientists think a comet or meteoroid may have struck the ring back in 1984, producing waves like ripples in a pond. The waves wind up over time because of their orbits around Saturn – the inner parts moving faster than the outer parts. More on the new Saturn ring discoveries can be found at the Cassini imaging team and Planetary Society websites. The DPS meeting announcements are also producing lively discussions on Unmanned Spaceflight. All three montage images can be found on JPL’s Planetary Photojournal. Another recent Cassini picture of Saturn shows cloud features like a string of pearls in Saturn’s upper latitudes. The spacecraft also found new ringlets within the Cassini Division, a gap in the main rings that was once thought to be devoid of material.Cassini’s findings confirm predictions made over several decades now that Saturn’s rings are being rapidly eroded by collisions. We now have even more evidence that impactors, from comet-size to molecule-size, are wearing away Saturn’s rings. The E-ring would be gone in mere decades or centuries if Enceladus were not constantly replenishing with new micron-size material. The color differences between the rings also show that whatever non-ice material has been added has not had time to become thoroughly mixed. And it would be surprising to think that this new D-ring impact was a one-time phenomenon we just happened to be lucky to witness. It may be impossible to say from data alone that the rings are mere thousands of years old or less, but they certainly cannot be billions of years old. That should raise some eyebrows by several inches among scientists who accept the standard A.S.S. (age of the solar system) as being 4.5 billion years old. Upper limits at ring ages are often put at 10 or 100 million years. That may sound like a lot (it’s an upper limit, remember), but even 100 million years is 1/45 the standard age. What was Saturn doing the other 44 parts? No materialist wants to believe that humans were somehow lucky to emerge right at the time when Saturn’s rings were at the height of their glory. Yet no secular scientist dares question the A.S.S., because concluding a recent formation of Saturn and the rings would collapse the time available for evolution. There is nothing about the Saturn system that needs billions of years. A scientist should follow the evidence where it leads, whether or not it agrees with prevailing orthodoxy. Those of us living in 2006 should take time to value the privileges we have in this age of discovery. Pictures like this are hard to come by. It took over 3 billion dollars, and hundreds of scientists and technicians, to build the Cassini spacecraft. This complex machine had to fly for seven years before even getting to Saturn, and has orbited over two more years before getting into position last month to look back toward home and take this unprecedented shot. In 1609, when Galileo Galilei first turned a crude telescope to the sky and beheld new and wonderful things – including the rings of Saturn for the first time – his response was to worship the Creator. He said, “I render infinite thanks to God for being so kind as to make me alone the first observer of marvels kept hidden in obscurity for all previous centuries.” What is your response as you look at this rare vantage point on creation?(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
The DC3, designed before the Second World War, is still in service in many parts of the world, including the cold white continent. While recording patient details into his laptop, paramedic Richard Mulder enjoys the sunshine despite the -24º temperature. (Images courtesy Richard Mulder) Queen Maud Land, Antarctic territory claimed by Norway, is the region of Antarctica closest to South Africa.Jennifer SternAntarctica is the end of the world. It’s so far south that, in winter, the sun never rises above the horizon. It’s separated from the nearest permanently inhabited land by thousands of kilometres of wild and stormy ocean.Nothing grows there. There are no insects, and even bacteria can’t survive outdoors. It’s cold, white and unutterably beautiful. And the scientists who spend a few weeks or a few months or even a year there are – in the truest sense of the word – isolated.It’s not as bad now as it was in the days of Scott and Shackleton, when the families of intrepid explorers would not hear from their loved ones for a good couple of years, not knowing whether they were alive or dead, and simply living in hope that they’d turn up on the doorstep one day.We’ve come a long way since then. With email, satellite phone, radio, GPS and a host of electronic wizardry, communication with the rest of the world is relatively easy. So now, if someone gets sick, or is injured in the cold white wilderness of Antarctica, it’s not the death sentence it would have been 100 years ago.About 30 countries are signatory to the Antarctic Treaty, most of which have permanent or summer stations on and around the frozen continent.People who spend a year, or even just the summer, in this isolated part of the world have to be pretty special – and healthy. While every station has a doctor, or at least a paramedic, there is only so much that can be done out there on the ice.That’s why, in November 2008, the 11 countries with stations on Queen Maud Land – the part of Antarctica closest to South Africa – arranged with South Africa’s Netcare 911 and the Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital in Cape Town to provide emergency medical care when needed. It seemed a sensible precaution, but no-one expected this understanding to be acted upon a mere six weeks after its signing. But that’s exactly what happened when Walter Seeberg suffered a heart attack on 17 December at the German Neumayer 2 Base on the Antarctic ice shelf in the northeast Weddell Sea.Seeberg had only been in Antarctica eight weeks, working as a technician on the base’s ventilation system, when he collapsed with chest pains. It was clear to the resident doctor that he had had a heart attack, and would need more sophisticated treatment than was available at the base.“They realised that he was in dire need of surgery, and then immediately called the Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital,” says hospital manager Chris Tilney.As Dr Stephanie Fischer, a cardiac anaesthetist, was preparing to go to Seeberg’s aid, the hospital got news that Nikolay Rassalov, a crew member on a Russian ice breaker, had fallen and broken his ankle. It was decided to send Richard Mulder, a Netcare 911 paramedic, along as well.Mercy flightBy the evening of the 18th of December, only a day after receiving the first call, Fischer and Mulder were strapped in to their seats in an Ilyushin 76 cargo plane en route to Antarctica.“We landed at Russia’s Novolazarevskaya base in the Antarctic about six hours later,” says Mulder.“From there we were transferred to a smaller DC3 plane that is used to fly between the bases run by various countries on Antarctica. After a two-and-a-half-hour flight, we finally arrived at the German Neumayer 2 base.”Seeberg had been treated by the resident doctor and was in a stable condition when Fischer and Mulder arrived.“All the people at the German base were delighted to see us and they were most helpful. They helped us to keep him comfortable in order to attend to him,” says Fischer.It was fortunate that both Fischer and Mulder are fluent in German, which made communication at this critical time so much easier.“It was really just lucky that we were picked to go on the rescue mission, but it certainly made a difference,” says Mulder.Mulder and Fischer spent two days at the German base waiting for Rassolov to be moved from the Russian icebreaker to the nearby Norwegian base at Troll, about an hour from the German base.“We finally loaded Seeberg in the DC3 plane and flew to pick up Rassolov, who was suffering a great deal of discomfort. There, we had to communicate with hand signals because of the language barrier,” says Mulder.“It was really quite unusual, but we gave him pain medication, and made him as comfortable as possible. From there we headed back to Novolazarevskaya where we boarded the cargo plane once again for the return journey.”It was only after they had taken off that they realised how difficult it was to monitor Seeberg in the noisy cargo plane, which is not soundproofed like passenger planes.“We couldn’t hear the heart monitors, so we had to look at the movement of Seeberg’s chest and the colour of his face. But, fortunately, we were able to keep him stable until we arrived at the hospital,” says Fischer.They landed on Sunday 21 December 2008, and both patients were immediately admitted to the Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital. Rassolov was operated on for his fractured ankle the next day, and Seeberg underwent a five-hour heart bypass operation two days later, on Christmas Eve.While Seeberg was obviously not at his best, he was well enough to express his appreciation of the view of Table Mountain from his hospital bed.A wonderful experience“We were exhausted, but it was a most fulfilling and enriching experience,” says Mulder of the trip.“It was really a wonderful experience,” agrees Fischer. “The lowest temperature we experienced was -38º. And it was unbelievable to see that the sun never sets there in summer. We called it ‘no-man’s-land’ because it is so extremely quiet – in fact there are no animals that make any sounds.”Both patients have been discharged and repatriated to their respective home countries.Related articlesHealthcare in South AfricaScience and technology in South Africa Saving albatross, on sea and land South Pole adventurers return Useful linksChristiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital Antarctic Treaty Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research South Africa’s Antarctic Programme Jobs in Antarctica (in case you’re inspired)
The new 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650 , launched with a price tag of Rs 4,99,834 (ex-showroom Delhi), epitomises a modern day street bike like none other. Introduced in 2006 as the Ninja 650R, the new avatar is a lot spunkier and aggressive than ever before. According to reports, the welcome change is from its previous generation Kawasaki racing green to the companys new snazzier metallic green paint scheme introduced with the latest Ninja 650 upgrade. The motorcycle now looks a lot smarter and suave with the revised bodywork raising its oomph by a large margin. The new green is in line with the Ninja legacy and takes no time in reminding us about the madness and beastial nature associated with the Kawasaki brand, said the report on zigwheels.com.After the Kawasaki Ninja 250R and the KTM 200 Duke, the new 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650R is the third premium sports motorcycle model introduced in India by Bajaj Auto Limited.Bajaj Auto, which has a tie-up with Japanese power bikes major Kawasaki, has sold over 3000 Ninja bikes since its launch in the year 2009. The earlier version of Kawasaki Ninja 650R was introduced in June 2011.New Ninja 650 has a 649cc engine that puts out 71.07 bhp of power. The new sports bike comes with an adjustable windshield, revised suspension and a split seat.The Ninja 650 will compete with Duke 200 and Korean Hyosung 650 N in superbike segment.With Agency inputs
Solskjaer keen for Man Utd to use Spanish scouting serviceby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to use a Spanish consultancy service to help with transfer plans.Solskjaer has recommended to United they join the client list of Madrid-based company Driblab which has a detailed database on more than 100,000 players and potential signings, says the Daily Mail.A dozen clubs in La Liga are already subscribers as are Nottingham Forest who used the available information before making a number of signings in the summer to aid their promotion push to the Premier League.Driblab evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of players from the age of 16 in more than a hundred different competitions – down to the detail of how injuries affect their ability or run and kick the ball. They also use an advanced algorithm to draw up an expected goals formula to see if attackers and goalkeepers are performing above or below standard. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
PHILADELPHIA, PA – JANUARY 10: The Villanova Wildcats (L) shoot the ball with the Xavier Musketeers during warmups at the Wells Fargo Center on January 10, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)Update: The piccolo player, Roxanne Chalifoux, has chimed in on Twitter regarding the incident. She says she’s a Villanova Wildcat until she dies, through the smiles and the tears. Well done.Villanova wildcat till I die, through the smiles and the tears— Roxanne Chalifoux (@roxiechalifoxie) March 22, 2015Earlier: Saturday night, Villanova became the first 1-seed to go down in this year’s NCAA Tournament, falling to 8-seed NC State in a thriller, 71-68. The Wildcats had trouble on the offensive end all night, shooting just 31% overall, despite Darrun Hilliard II catching absolute fire toward the end of the contest. After it was over, Nova fans were understandably upset. One was taking it a bit harder than most, however.As the game ended, TBS’ cameras panned to a girl in Villanova’s band playing the flute piccolo. She couldn’t control the tears rolling down her cheeks. Video of the incident has gone viral.It’s a tough way for Villanova to lose, but the Wildcats still had an incredible year. Hopefully the young fan can take some solace in that.More: The 64 Most-Annoying Fan Bases
CINCINNATI, OH – FEBRUARY 28: Head coach Chris Mack of the Xavier Musketeers reacts in the first half of a game against the Providence Friars at Cintas Center on February 28, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier won 84-74 to claim the Big East Conference regular season title. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Xavier is an 11.5-point underdog in tonight’s Sweet 16 match-up against No. 2 seed Arizona, but if the program’s Spotify playlist is to be believed, the Musketeers are receiving proper motivation. Xavier Athletics tweeted out a picture of a playlist, which is just DMX’s 2003 hit “X Gon’ Give It To Ya” on repeat.Tonight’s playlist. #XMarchesOn pic.twitter.com/fdfsFfI0tv— Xavier Musketeers (@XUAthletics) March 26, 2015When it comes to X vs. the ‘Cats, one of the verses is a bit prophetic.Ain’t never gave nothin’ to me But every time I turn around Cats got they hands out wantin’ something from me I ain’t got it so you can’t get it Lets leave it at that cuz I ain’t with itPeople are certainly not giving Xavier a real chance in this one. We’ll have to see if the Musketeers can pull the major upset.
Mumbai: The BJP and Shiv Sena have started closed-door parleys to arrive at a consensus on sharing seats for the upcoming Maharashtra assembly polls amid indications of hard bargaining from both the alliance partners. Sources said state BJP president Chandrakant Patil and his party colleague Girish Mahajan (both also state ministers) are talking to senior Shiv Sena leader and minister Subhash Desai and other party functionaries to arrive at a deal on splitting the 288 assembly seats between them. The pre-poll pact talks between the saffron allies are going on for the last few days, they said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’BJP sources said CM Devendra Fadnavis has conveyed to the Shiv Sena that both parties should retain the seats won by them in 2014 and after allocating a certain number of seats to smaller allies, share the rest equally. Shiv Sena sources said the party will stick to the formula of 144 seats each which they claimed was worked out during a meeting between BJP chief Amit Shah, Sena president Uddhav Thackeray and Fadnavis earlier this year. “It has been decided that all responsibilities will be equally shared, including the Chief Minister’s post for 2.5 years. The Sena and BJP should contest 144 seats each,” a Sena source close to Thackeray said. In 2014, the BJP and Shiv Sena had contested the assembly polls separately, winning 122 and 63 seats, respectively. The BJP formed its government under Fadnavis in October 2014 and the Shiv Sena joined the dispensation a few months later. The Congress and NCP had bagged 42 and 41 seats, respectively. The twi parties, too, had contested the 2014 polls separately after sharing power for 15 years.