The smuggled vehicle in question is now ‘impounded’ at the Customs Post. One police officer arrested for ‘smuggling vehicle’ in GantaAuthorities at the Ganta Port of entry along the Liberian/Guinean border in Nimba County, on Friday, April 25, 2019, arrested a police officer, who was said to have clandestinely penetrated security corridors with a car in an attempt to evade tax.Security source at the border informed the Daily Observer on Friday that the officer, Vamayan Kenneh of the Police Highway Patrol, entered the border with a police patrol car, marked 226 at about 1:13 p.m., under the pretext that he was going to speak to his loved one, who he claimed lived within the vicinity of the border.The security at border said, while officer Kenneh was returning from the Guinean side of the border, he entered Liberia with a patrol car that has the siren on, followed by a white Ford Jeep, bearing a Guinea license plate, RC – 3855 – AM, forcibly penetrating the two gates without any of the officers assigned at the gate making any inquiry due to severity of sound from the siren.“When he got to the police gate, almost to enter Liberia side of the gate, he ordered the gate be opened for the Ford Car to pass without reference to any of the officers, and also made the vehicle in question non-declared for duty payment,” said a police officer, who pleaded for anonymity.Upon leaving the corridor of the port, officer Kenneh reportedly sped up with the vehicle heading for Monrovia.“Before we could come to ourselves, the officer was already en-route to Monrovia, but we chased after him and his crew that were intersected around almost at the Ganta/Monrovia checkpoint; from where we brought them back to the Custom post to pay duty,” said one Sheriff, a police officer assigned at the border.The car has since been impounded with the four tires deflated for fear that it would be removed overnight.This is not the first time for such an act to have taken place at the border post.It can be recalled that few years ago, a mini truck disappeared at the border under mysterious circumstance, after it was parked to pay the custom duty. What happened to the case remains unanswered, at least not to the knowledge of this newspaper’s investigation.In the recent saga, other nearby residents are blaming the border authorities for being negligent, something many believed is a threat to national security.“On many occasions we see uniformed officers on board vehicles crossing the border, whether they go through the normal procedures is yet to be established,” said an eyewitness at the border.Due to the proximity of Ganta to the borderline, it is alleged that most of the motorcycle dealers around the city brought in their goods (bikes) through smuggling method under the cover of darkness, specifically during the dry season, when the St. John River that borders the two countries from that entry point gets dried, thus giving way to travelers to walk over the main source.Series of efforts to get the Custom Collector officially to speak on the latest incident did not materialize because he claimed not to be clothed with authority to address the issue. However, the smuggling of goods, including vehicles have overshadowed activities at the border crossing points.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
It might be only the second weekend of the Premier League season, but already it feels like crunch time.And no one will be feeling that more than Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who will take his side to Selhurst Park on Sunday to take on Alan Pardew’s resurgent Crystal Palace.And Coral’s Nicola McGeady insists the Gunners can’t afford to lose if they are to stay in the title race.Elsewhere, Manchester United are odds on to beat Aston Villa on Friday night, while Southampton are being heavily backed to beat Everton on Saturday lunchtime.The only place to listen to live and exclusive national radio commentary of both Aston Villa v Manchester United and Crystal Palace v Arsenal is on talkSPORT
LATEST STORIES Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler, left, eyes the basket as Orlando Magic’s Nikola Vucevic of Montenegro defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota—Jimmy Butler tied a season high with 26 points, Taj Gibson scored a season-high 24, and the Minnesota Timberwolves held off the Orlando Magic 124-118 on Wednesday night.Jeff Teague had 22 points and 11 assists, and Andrew Wiggins added 20 points as all five starters scored in double figures to help the Timberwolves end a two-game slide.ADVERTISEMENT Butler has scored at least 20 points in three of his last four games and seven overall this season.He had 16 points in the first half, and added seven in the first 4:36 of the second half to give Minnesota an 84-71 lead.Wiggins had seven points as Minnesota finished the third quarter on a 14-0 run for a 106-80 lead.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Westbrook’s 34 points lead Thunder past Warriors QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View comments Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Karl-Anthony Towns had 18 points and 13 rebounds for his 14th double-double, which tied DeMarcus Cousins for the league lead.Aaron Gordon scored 26 points and added nine rebounds for the Magic, who have lost six straight. Terrence Ross scored a season-high 22 points, Evan Fournier had 19 and Nikola Vucevic finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutOrlando was outscored 41-18 in the third quarter to fall behind by 26. However, the Magic started the fourth quarter on a 19-1 run to get within eight.Butler made Minnesota’s first basket of the quarter, a 3-pointer midway through the period, to end the rally. The Magic got within four in the waning seconds before Teague hit two free throws.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Mourinho has Man Utd pay-off settledby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJose Mourinho is free to negotiate his next job after being paid his compensation up front by Manchester United in December.The Daily Mail says United paid up Mourinho’s £15million compensation package immediately after he was sacked.The 55-year-old was dismissed on December 18 after two and a half seasons in charge.The fact that he received the pay-off on his departure from Old Trafford means he is free to return to management.A source said, “There are no issues over Jose’s contract with Manchester United. Everything has been sorted.”Jose is able to take on another job right now, but is in no rush. He is very relaxed about it and would be happy to wait until the end of the season if he needs to.”
Pogba willing to stay with Man Utd – for record wagesby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePaul Pogba is demanding Manchester United make him one of the highest paid players in the world if they want him to stay.Tuttosport says the midfielder’s first choice is to leave United, with Real Madrid and Juventus keen.However, Pogba is prepared to stay with United if they accept his terms.The World Cup winner is seeking over €650,000-a-week to stay – or €34m-a-year.New contract talks commenced between the two parties on Tuesday. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
APTN National NewsOntario’s police watchdog is reviewing nine cases of murdered and missing Indigenous women in Thunder Bay.Independent Police Review Director Gerry McNeilly said the nine murdered and missing Indigenous women cases primarily stem from 2009 to the present.McNeilly said the nine cases are part of a total of 39 Thunder Bay death cases going back to the 1990s his office is reviewing as part of a wide-ranging probe of the city’s police force.“It is detailed, it is time consuming,” said McNeilly, in an interview Tuesday. “We are going over all the evidence from the investigations.”McNeilly said the majority of the death cases under review involve Indigenous peoples, but his office’s investigators are also combing through files involving non-Indigenous deaths to gauge whether Thunder Bay police handled investigations differently based on race.“For me in regards to Thunder Bay what we see is of great concern to us,” said McNeilly.McNeilly’s office has included the May waterway deaths of Tammy Keeash, 17, and Josiah Begg, 14, as part of its review. Keeash, from North Caribou Lake, was found dead in a marsh area of shallow water known as the Neebing-McIntyre Floodway. Begg, from Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, was found in the McIntyre River.McNeilly’s team is also reviewing the case of Stacy DeBungee, 41, who was found dead in the McIntyre River on Oct. 19, 2015. McNeilly said he expects to release a separate report on the Thunder Bay police’s conduct in handling DeBungee’s death investigation by the middle of next month.Read More: Thunder BayThunder Bay police publicly announced there was no foul play suspected in DeBungee’s death before the completion of an autopsy. A separate investigation conducted by a private investigator discovered that two sets of identification documents — one belonging to DeBungee and the other belonging to an individual that has yet to be tracked down — were found by the river where DeBungee was found. DeBungee’s debit card was also used after his death.In addition to the 39 death cases, McNeilly’s office is also reviewing the deaths of seven First Nation youth which were the subject of a coroner’s inquest that concluded last summer.Five of the seven youth were found dead in the city’s waterways. The coroner’s jury concluded it could not determine what led to three of the five drowning deaths.McNeilly’s office stepped in to investigate the Thunder Bay police last fall after First Nation leaders began to loudly question the police’s handling of death cases involving Indigenous peoples.The public record shows Thunder Bay police investigators have for years been quick to rule out foul play in the apparent drowning death of Indigenous peoples.McNeilly said his office has received numerous complaints from Thunder Bay over the years and some have been withdrawn because complainants feared reprisal.“It has to get better,” he said. “We have to work together to fix this, to make it better.”McNeilly will be in Thunder Bay on Sept. 25 for a public meeting.He plans to travel regularly to the northern Ontario city over the next several months to complete a report on allegations of systemic racism against the Thunder Bay police.McNeilly’s office has been given full access to Thunder Bay police files as part of the review, he said.“I am a friend. I am not an enemy of the people,” he said. “Or an enemy of the police.”McNeilly is familiar with some of the issues facing the Indigenous community is Thunder Bay as a result of his experience running Legal Aid in Manitoba.“I know there is hope,” he said. “I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t think so.”McNeilly said he expects to deliver his final report on the Thunder Bay police by the end of next winter.Contact APTN National News here: [email protected]
Wimbledon00.00.0 Leicester City10.20.1 CHANCES OF … TEAMACTUALEXPECTED UNDERPLAYOFF SYSTEMEXPECTED UNDERXG SIMULATIONS Manchester United137.5-5.5 West Ham United00.00.0 Newcastle00.9+0.9 SEEDTEAMMAKING SEMISMAKING FINALWINNING FINAL Tottenham Hotspur00.6+0.6 Queens Park Rangers00.00.0 Aston Villa00.4+0.4 Southampton00.1+0.1 The final weekend of the English Premier League is upon us and the league has scheduled all 10 matches simultaneously on Sunday in order to maximize excitement. The problem is that there’s not much excitement left — and there hasn’t been for awhile. Chelsea has been the runaway favorite to win the title for a few months now, and the team officially clinched a week ago. This isn’t uncommon. Even Leicester City’s shocking run to a league title last year, one of the most exciting outcomes in league history, was clinched two weeks before the end of the season. And in the 2014-15 season Chelsea clinched the title a full three weeks before their final match. Awarding the EPL trophy to the team atop the table at season’s end eliminates most of the debate about England’s best team, but it also can eliminate fun.It doesn’t have to be this way. Imagine for a moment that after this weekend’s mostly meaningless matches,1 we were headed for the inaugural round of Premier League playoffs to decide the league champion. What would happen if more than a century of English soccer tradition was thrown out in favor of a shamelessly Americanized format?As an experiment, I set up a mock six-team playoff for the Premier League and forecasted the results using our SPI ratings. There are a variety of playoff formats that could be used, but six teams feels right; it’s a small enough number that teams would have to compete to get in, but big enough that it would widen the pool of potential champions. Also, to reward teams that do well during the regular season, the top two teams in the table would be awarded byes. The next four teams would be seeded and would play one other team in a home-and-home aggregate, similar to the Champions League. From there the semifinals would follow the same format. Also similar to the Champions League, the final would be played as a single match at a neutral site such as Wembley.If you applied that playoff set-up to this season’s standings, the playoffs would give us two more Manchester Derbies in the first-round and would pit Liverpool against Arsenal. Chelsea and Tottenham would be waiting to play the winners.Chelsea would still be favored to win the playoffs — their first round bye and top seed helps quite a bit — but every team would have a reasonable shot at the title. Here’s how it would look: Ipswich Town00.00.0 Arsenal01.11.4 TEAMACTUALEXPECTED UNDER PLAYOFF SYSTEMCHANGE Liverpool00.40.6 Nottingham Forest00.1+0.1 Chelsea54.4-0.6 Bolton00.00.0 Arsenal34.8+1.8 6Manchester United36146 Leeds United00.6+0.6 Impact of playoff system on league titles, 1992-93 through 2016-17 TITLES Assumes the order of the top six teams will not change during the final weekend of matches. This playoff structure has six teams, with the top two seeds receiving byes. Tottenham Hotspur00.50.3 Newcastle00.00.0 Expected titles under playoff system vs. xG simulations, 2010-11 through 2016-17 Southampton00.10.1 1Chelsea✓70%38% NUMBER OF TITLES 4Liverpool58198 5Arsenal42114 Chelsea21.51.3 Includes all teams that would have qualified for the playoffs since 1992-93. This playoff structure has six teams, with the top two seeds receiving byes.Sources: ESPN, James Curley 2Tottenham Hotspur✓5226 Manchester City22.1+0.1 3Manchester City64%3418 Everton00.2+0.2 Liverpool02.6+2.6 Norwich City00.00.0 Manchester City22.02.6 Mock 2016-17 Premier League playoff forecast Blackburn10.5-0.5 Leicester City10.2-0.8 Everton00.10.0 Chelsea’s chances of winning the league would drop from 100 percent to 38 percent, and the five other teams that have been eliminated from the title race would still have hope.I also set up playoff forecasts to see how our system might have affected the number of titles won by each Premier League club since 1992-93. Liverpool and Arsenal would likely have benefitted the most, while Manchester United likely would have won fewer than their league-leading 13 titles in that time span. Includes all teams that would have qualified for the playoffs since 2010-11.This playoff structure has six teams, with the top two seeds receiving byes.Sources: ESPN, Opta Manchester United21.20.7 Playoffs, of course, inject luck into a championship but there are indications that a team still needs a significant amount of luck to win the league outright.You can see how luck infiltrates league titles by looking at teams’ goal tallies. Goals scored and conceded will get a team to the top of the standings but they aren’t necessarily the best indicator of a team’s underlying talent, nor are they the most predictive of future performance. Expected goals, a metric we use in our SPI ratings, are a better gauge of each team’s quality of play. We can also use expected goals to approximate how likely each team was to win the league based on the shots it took over the course of the entire season.2These expected goal simulations indicate that Manchester City have been unlucky not to win the title this year; if we rerun the season thousands of times, they win the league 61 percent of the time given the shots they took and conceded. Last year’s Leicester City team was fortunate to win the league according to these simulations; they only had a 9 percent chance of winning the league based on their expected goal numbers.Finally, if we look at the projected number of titles won over the past seven seasons3 based on these expected goal simulations, the number of titles each team is projected to have won is quite similar to the number of titles we expect them to have won if the league had playoffs. In other words, this implies that there may be just as much luck involved in winning the league outright as there would be in a playoff system. Players have incredibly busy schedules already with some juggling league and cup play, the Champions League and their international team responsibilities, so any playoff system probably shouldn’t add more matches to their already packed schedules. Perhaps the size of the league could be reduced by a team or two, or some regular season matchups could be a single match on neutral ground rather than home-and-away to allow for the extra playoff matches.I don’t know if playoffs are the right thing for the Premier League. I do know that I haven’t watched many matches during the second half of the season, but I’d watch these playoffs.Check out our latest soccer predictions.
Redshirt-junior 1st baseman Josh Dezse celebrates with teammates after scoring a run during a game against Penn State April 12 at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won, 7-0. Credit: Lauren Weitz / Lantern photographerThe Ohio State baseball team (21-15, 4-8) got back on track with a weekend series victory at home against Penn State.The bats woke up in a big way for the final two games of the three-game series — both victories for OSU — and coach Greg Beals credited the lineup change and the wind for helping out the offense.“When the wind is blowing, it really helps the mentality of the hitters,” Beals said. “And we’ve been talking mentality and maybe it took the wind blowing to get them going a little bit and get that mentality at game time to attack.”Sunday’s game began with the Buckeyes jumping all over the Nittany Lions’ sophomore pitcher Nick Hedge.After scoring a run in the first on an RBI single from sophomore second baseman Troy Kuhn, redshirt-junior first baseman Josh Dezse led off the second with a deep home run to straightaway center to put the Buckeyes up two.Sophomore third baseman Jacob Bosiokovic followed with a single and junior catcher Connor Sabanosh brought him home with a stand-up triple to center.With no outs in the inning and Sabanosh on third, the Nittany Lion coaching staff had seen enough and pulled Hedge in favor of senior Ian Parvin before Hedge could allow any more damage.The pitching change didn’t stop redshirt-sophomore shortstop Nick Sergakis from scoring Sabanosh with a sacrifice fly to center.Dezse continued his onslaught on the Nittany Lion pitching staff with another bomb to center in the third to put the Buckeyes up by five.“I’ve always thought I’ve had a good swing. I just think that circumstances are starting to line up. Couple sliders, wind was blowing out and was just able to square a couple up,” Dezse said Sunday. “I’ve always known that I got a decent swing if I make contact. I’m just not really thinking too much. Just going up and see ball, hit ball.”The Nittany Lions began mounting a comeback and tied things up by scoring two runs in the fourth and three in the fifth.The Buckeyes took the lead right back in the bottom half of the fifth, though, on a bases-loaded ground ball from Bosiokovic.They broke it open again in the seventh with four runs, including RBIs from Sergakis and Dezse, giving them a total of five and seven, respectively, for the weekend.“It’s really been the same approach that I’ve had all year. It’s just falling in my favor lately,” Sergakis said. “Every at-bat I go up there and I try and fight the pitcher. I don’t want him to beat me on a pitch and I want to put my best swing on it.”The Nittany Lions got one run back in the eighth, but the Buckeyes got two more in the bottom half to end the scoring and give them the series-clinching 12-6 win.Sophomore pitcher Jake Post earned the win and redshirt-senior reliever Tyler Giannonatti came on in the sixth to allow only the one run in the eighth before freshman Travis Lakins came in to close it out.Saturday’s tilt was all Buckeyes as senior pitcher Greg Greve threw a complete game shutout, allowing only four hits and walking just two.Despite his strong performance, Greve said it was just another game for him.“I try to approach the game the same each way. I want to go out there and give my team a chance to win,” Greve said afterward. “You try to do too much as an individual player, that’s when you start getting in trouble. Win as a team, lose as a team. Defense made some great plays for me and the offense really came alive, so that made my job easier.”Offensively, home runs by Dezse and Sergakis and three errors by the Nittany Lions gave the Buckeyes a much-needed 7-0 win.“This was very important for us after losing seven straight conference games,” Beals said. “We need to get back in good ways and Greve, our senior co-captain, grabbed the bull by the horns and shut them out today.”Friday night, the Nittany Lions took the lead early and pulled out a 5-4 win.The Buckeyes are next scheduled to play on the road against West Virginia in Morgantown, W. Va., Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Chelsea were trailing yesterday against Southampton 2-0 away from home but they managed to bounce back incredibly and came from behind to win the whole game 3-2 after the final whistle.Gary Cahill believes that this incredible comeback can help the whole team to finish the season on a much more positive note as they have been struggling a bit so far and need to improve the outcome a bit.The experienced centre-back spoke about his side’s ending of the season as he said, according to chelseafc.com:Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“We played poorly in the first half, gave them the edge and they went 1-0 up. To get the second one could have been a killer for us, so that’s an important three points for morale and the feeling going into next week.”“I don’t want to speak negatively, but it’s very difficult [to finish in the top four] when the gap is what it is. For top teams to drop that many points is unlikely, but we have to finish the season as strongly as we possibly can.”