MoneyGram Renews Confidence in Liberia

first_imgMoneyGram (NASDAQ : MGI), one of the world’s leading money transfer services with over 20,000 branches in Africa, has emphasized its confidence in the Liberian financial sector and reiterated its interest in supporting the financial inclusion agenda of Liberia. MoneyGram is one of the top two international money transfer institutions in Liberia; with its windows at all commercial banks and key business outlets across the country.A statement issued by the company Monday announced that Mr. Francois Peyret, MoneyGram International’s Regional Director for North &West Africa, is undertaking a working tour of Liberia to beef up its business platform in the country. Mr. Peyret’s visit to Liberia today marks what could be the first senior executive visit to the country by a major global financial institution.Whilst in Liberia, Mr. Peyret will hold high-level business development discussions with CEOs and executives of key players in the financial sector and inaugurate the Monrovia Mini-Van Branding Project of MoneyGram.Mr. Kunle Olamuyiwa, the regional operations manager for Anglophone West Africa, and Mrs. Kemi Okusanya, regional business development manager Anglophone West Africa, will accompany Mr. Peyret on the tour. Both executives are members of the MoneyGram North &West African team.On the future of the brand in Liberia, Francois Peyret noted: “Our ambition is to double our network of MoneyGram points of sale in Liberia in the next five years and become the dominant preferred choice for money transfer. To achieve this we shall continue to work with our partners to aggressively offer the best proposition and price to Liberians around the world. We shall continue to be a good corporate citizen, adhering to international best practice on compliance and service quality. We shall innovate and support the Central Bank and the Finance Ministry’s agenda of bringing more Liberians into the financial sector. To achieve this, we are seriously considering introducing our mobile solutions in Liberia that would allow mobile phones to send and receive transactions. As we all know mobile phone penetration exceeds back account penetration by a factor of approx. 1:5 and we intend to leverage this.”MoneyGram offers over-the counter money transfer services in Liberia through its agent partners namely: International Bank, FIBank, LBDI, UBA, Ecobank, Global Bank, GT Bank &Afriland First Bank.Through these agents MoneyGram is now available all over Liberia, in almost 100 locations. From inception to date, MoneyGram International announced that it has undertaken over 2,000,000 transactions valued at over US$500 million, which is a direct cash flow into the Liberian economy.According to MoneyGram, the service is a critical lifeline, allowing Liberians in the Diaspora— especially in the United States— to send money home to loved ones for upkeep, healthcare and education.MoneyGram disclosed that it has invested over a million United Sates dollars in the last five years to market its proposition in Liberia. “Efforts here more recently,” the company added “have included donations of school items-notebooks, waste bins, cash awards, etc. to various high schools and universities valued at over US$50,000.”There has also been a donation of logistics materials to the Monrovia City Corporation in 2010 in addition to various consumer reward schemes like the recently ended Double-Double promo (where lucky customers got their transactions doubled).The brand is currently reputed to be the most popular money transfer in Liberia, with the best price offer in the market, starting at only US$2.00 for sends out of Liberia.MoneyGram, a leading money transfer company, enables consumers who are not fully served by traditional financial institutions, to meet their financial needs. MoneyGram offers money transfer services worldwide through a global network of 327,000 agent locations — including retailers, international post offices and financial institutions — in 200 countries and territories. MoneyGram also offers bill payment services in the United States and Canada.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Miner slapped with larceny charges

first_imgA miner was released on bail after he denied two simple larceny charges when he appeared before Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Leon Archer, 24, of Kamaka Water Front, Region One (Barima-Waini), is accused of stealing a television set valued $45,000; the property of Lolita Wong on March 20, 2018 while at Kamaka.The court also heard that on March 8, 2018, while at a shop at Kamaka Water Front, Archer stoke one silver chain valued $4000 and a pack of tablets valued $500; the property of Natilda Abraham.Additionally, he was charged for using threatening language towards Nobert Persaud.In court on Thursday, the prosecution did not object to bail and same was granted in the sum of $40,000 for the simple larceny charge and self-bail for the threatening language charge.Magistrate Isaacs-Marcus also placed Archer on a bond to keep the peace until the conclusion of the matter, which if breached would result in Archer being remanded to prison.The matter was transferred to the Mabaruma Magistrate’s Court. The case will continue on May 21.last_img read more

Ganja-purchasing trip ends in shooting

first_imgA Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown resident who allegedly was on his way with an acquaintance to purchase marijuana is nursing a gunshot wound to his right shoulder at a city hospital.Reports are that Tirace Fraser, a 23-year-old miner, was shot in Cemetery Road, Georgetown on Friday at about 21:15h.Fraser told investigators that he had gone to the suspect’s home at Freeman Street, East La Penitence, and they had left to go to Cemetery Road to purchase marijuana.Fraser and the suspect, identified only as “Black Boy,” were walking along Cemetery Road when the suspect asked Fraser to lend him $1000.Fraser went into his front pants pocket and took out the money to give to the suspect, who was walking behind him.In a bizarre twist, “Black Boy” allegedly pulled out a gun and shot Fraser. This newspaper was told that the injured man began running with the suspect giving chase.Fraser subsequently fell to the ground, and “Black Boy” reportedly snatched his 19 penny weight gold chain and confiscated $80,000 from him.The injured man was picked up by public-spirited persons and was rushed him to a city hospital, where he was admitted a patient in stable condition.Checks were made for the suspect, but he was nowhere to be found. Investigators processing the scene did not find any spent shell, nor was there any footage from any CCTV camera. Nevertheless, investigations are in progress.last_img read more

Canal No 2 residents, farmers under water

first_img… blame the local NDC, RDC for ignoring complaints… counting millions in lossesBy Shemuel FanfairResidents of several sections of Canal Number Two Polder, West Bank Demerara, are calling on the relevant authorities to immediately address prolonged flooding which is threatening their livelihoods. Farmers and residents in South Section, Canal Number Two, and other villages told Guyana Times on Saturday that they are incurring millions of dollars in losses due to constant flooding which was spurred on by intense heavy rainfall over the last five days.It was explained that these pepper plants will wither and dieSouth Section farmer Dookie (only name) told this newspaper that some 200 of his pear crops which he planted 15 months ago are threatened. The crops are now starting to bear first fruit.He also explained that it was only weeks ago that he invested around $1 million to excavate his drains in preparations for the heavy rainfall. However, the water level is so high that his peppers and pak choi were all inundated. Dookie explained that in the coming days, these crops will wither.“Since Monday this water is at this height and only yesterday (Friday) afternoon they start to pull de canal; if they only pull before, it coulda help the pear,” the farmer noted.Similarly, farmer Mahendra Sugdeo observed that he incurred millions in losses as 15 acres of his crops were lost due to the flood waters. He told Guyana Times that farming is the only means of sustenance for him, his wife and their three children.“We get this flood here because of the negligence of the trench not [being] cleaned. If the trench was cleaned, we wouldn’t get this flood here. The water wouldda pull off and wouldn’t be building up. I get over three million dollars in losses. I got pumpkin, cassava, sweet potato, banana, cucumber, bell yam; everything under water and everyday de water coming up higher and higher,” Sugdeo noted.He further explained that he had to bury one of his calves which was born a few days ago. Another farmer told this newspaper that he looks after his elderly parents who are both in their 70s.Cash crop famer, Imran Baksh explained that it has been especially trying for many farmers in the area, who had planted sugar cane before operations ended at the nearby Wales Sugar Estate. He stated that he incurred over a million dollar in losses, noting that all his cabbage crops were damaged.“De conservancy overtopping now you got black water come into de lands; 10 years this thing happening, now you gon wait to see what you could do in this rainy weather,” Baksh pointed out.Many of the farmers blamed the local Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) and Regional Democratic Council (RDC) for ignoring their numerous complaints, suggesting that persons who are more knowledgeable about farming should be installed to Council positions in order to address their concerns. Guyana Times however understands that the flooding could have been avoided if the Tender Board had facilitated the contract being awarded for drainage works in the area.This publication was informed that previously, a former large-scale sugar cane farmer was granted monthly contracts for clearing clogged drains over the years. However, this newspaper understands that changes in the tendering process awarded the contract to several contractors instead. It is this back-and-forth that many believe is responsible for the flooding.Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) Regional Chairman Julius Faerber, who was on site when this newspaper was in the community, said the major canal falls under the purview of National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA).“It’s a seven mile stretch and if the canal is not properly cleaned, the water will not be drained. A lot of farmers have lost their crops and lives stock and it is not easy for them to get back into operations. At the RDC level, we have been maintaining the internal drains are clear but if the main drain is not cleaned, we are still going to have that problem,” Faerber stressed.When this newspaper arrived in the area, workmen attached to the Toevlugt-Patenia Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) were hurrying to clear several sections of the canal using cutlasses and a tractor to transport the weed. However several homes were already under water. Some residents had even placed sandbags to fend off the rising water levels but this proved futile. The farmers are calling on the Agriculture Ministry and other authorities to visit the area and look into their plight. They reported that they have not seen such water levels since the 2005 floods.last_img read more

Orozco defense has no arguments, waives statement

first_img“(Orozco) chose the one place … that Deputy Ortiz was vulnerable,” Anger told the jury. “He had one shot, one chance if he was to kill Deputy Jerry Ortiz, he was going to have to strike him in the head.” When it came time for the defense to present its closing arguments, Attorney Robin Yanes said he waived the right. Judge Philip Hickok excused the jury from the courtroom to ask Orozco if he was comfortable with the unorthodox decision. The defendant told the judge he had discussed it with his other attorney, Stan Perlo, and agreed. “OK, I’ll accept that,” Hickok said before calling the jury back into the courtroom to give them instructions before they began deliberations. The unusual move led Deputy District Attorney Phillip Stirling to speculate that the defense simply did not want prosecutors to know what they plan to present during the penalty phase of the trial. Others wondered if it was designed to torpedo the prosecution’s closing arguments; they had saved a number of emotional points and a moving presentation for their rebuttal, which would have come after the defense’s closing if they had given one. Perlo, who made a similar decision by presenting no defense witnesses earlier in the trial, declined to explain the tactic. If Orozco is convicted, the prosecution is asking for death. More than once, the defense referred to Orozco as the shooter in the presence of the jury. But they also pointed fingers at a number of witnesses called to testify, demanding to know why they didn’t stop Orozco from killing Ortiz. The defense also spent a great deal of time questioning witnesses about Orozco’s drug use, painting the picture of a strung-out methamphetamine addict who was not in his right mind at the time of the alleged shooting. A final attempt to spread the blame for the young deputy’s killing was squashed Monday, when Perlo and Yanes asked that jury instructions include options to charge the three adult witnesses to the shooting with conspiracy and accessory to murder. There was no way the three women could not have known what their client was about to do, they argued, and the jury should know that he alone should not be on trial. The judge did not agree. “I don’t think we’re talking about an accessory (charge)…,” Hickok said. “We’re definitely not talking about a conspiracy.” Perlo and Yanes were more successful with their request that the jury be given instructions on finding the defendant guilty of second-degree murder as an option to the first murder charge pursued by the prosecution. The jury began deliberations at 2:30 p.m. They adjourned at 4 p.m. with no resolution and are scheduled to resume at 9 a.m. today. The jury, made up of five women and seven men, must decide whether Orozco is guilty of one count of murder in the gang investigator’s slaying, along with the special circumstance allegations of murder of a peace officer, murder while lying in wait, murder to avoid arrest and carrying out the crime to benefit his gang. Orozco has also been charged with one count of attempted murder, stemming from the shooting that occurred four days before the deputy was killed and two counts of being a felon in possession of a gun. Anger asked the jury to “do what is right and what is just,” by delivering guilty verdicts on all counts. The case, he said, is unusual in that it provided a mountain of evidence condemning the defendant. Among the dozens of witnesses called to the stand were five eyewitnesses to the shooting, including the two girls, who are now 8 and 10. They all testified that Orozco was hiding behind the open front door of an apartment in the 12200 block of East 223rd Street when the deputy was shot through a crack in that door, Anger argued. The girls, who are sisters, both described the gun in detail, he said. Jurors also heard from three other witnesses who said they saw Orozco running away from the scene of the crime with the .38-caliber revolver, which ballistic tests proved to be the murder weapon. Gunshot residue was found on the defendant’s hands and clothing, and his DNA was found on five different spots on the murder weapon, Anger said. Perhaps most damning was Orozco’s videotaped conversation with a fellow gang member and gang associate while in jail at the Bellflower courthouse, just a few days after the slaying. The tape showed Orozco and his friends talking about the shooting and his efforts to destroy evidence. He told them he urinated on his hands – which he believed would remove all gunshot residue – and he had tossed out the bullet casing from the single deadly shot, replacing it in the gun’s cylinder with a live round. The spent shell was found outside a home a few doors down from the crime scene, where Orozco was found hiding in a bathtub several hours after the shooting. Tests showed it matched the slug taken from Ortiz’s skull during the autopsy. During the jail cell conversation, one of the defendant’s friends pointed out that the eyewitnesses – the mother and the two girls – were also a serious problem for him. “Yeah, put her in her grave,” Anger said in his closing argument, reading Orozco’s words from a transcript of the taped conversation. “He saw her as … `the b—-‘ who will put him away,” Anger said at another point, noting the defendant went on to include the entire family in the death threat that was caught on tape. Other witnesses – friends of the defendant, including a fellow gang member – testified that Orozco had bragged about shooting the attempted murder victim on June 20 and said Orozco often talked about killing a police officer and “going balls out.” He wanted to make a name for himself in the Mexican Mafia – a powerful prison-based gang that controls almost all Southern California Hispanic gangs – and to put his own gang on the map, according to their testimony. The local gang clearly endorsed the killing, which sent a clear message that they would stop at nothing to achieve complete domination in the community, according to expert law enforcement witnesses. The proof, the prosecutor added, could be found in graffiti painted on a prominent area of town shortly after the shooting that ridiculed the slain officer, and rap lyrics penned by one of Orozco’s fellow gang members glorifying the crime. “When you kill a police officer it’s an attack on all of us,” Anger told the jury. “It is an attack on the very fabric of our society.” Tracy Manzer can be reached at tracy.manzer@presstelegram.com or (562) 499-1261. NORWALK – Defense attorneys offered no arguments Monday to the prosecution’s claims that their client, Jose Luis Orozco, killed a sheriff’s deputy in a calculated manner for fame and glory in his gang. They offered no explanation for Deputy District Attorney Lowell Anger’s charge that their 29-year-old client also tried to kill another man just a few days before allegedly ambushing Deputy Jerry Ortiz on June 24, 2005, and that Orozco targeted the other victim – who is black – simply because of the color of his skin. Anger described in detail the slain deputy’s final moments for the jury; how the officer was being watched by the armed defendant through a crack in a door. The prosecutor talked about the alleged killer knowing full well that two girls, a 6-year-old and an 8-year-old, were only a few feet away watching the scene unfold. last_img

No promises of more money from Congress

first_img“I think our big message for members outside California is to understand how this affects their districts,” said Pilar Hoyos, vice president of public affairs with Watson Land Co., a Los Angeles developer. Officials are hoping Congress this year will pass legislation imposing an international standard for sulfur emissions from ship exhaust and increase funding for the 710 Freeway, Alameda Corridor East and port security. “This is an international gateway for the entire U.S. economy,” said William Allen, president of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp. “If we don’t invest in it, it will break down.” Rep. Jane Harman, D-El Segundo, said the Los Angeles contingent was impressive and she vowed to push for more port security funding in President George W. Bush’s budget, as well as a regional build-out for airports. Overall, the L.A. group – in teams focusing on housing, immigration, transportation and other funding areas – held 75 meetings with lawmakers and their staffs. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, meanwhile, met with House Education Committee Chairman George Miller, D-Martinez, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco. “What we’re leaving behind is the good will that comes with bringing such a distinguished delegation to D.C.,” Villaraigosa said. lisa.friedman@langnews.com (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “The next step is to parlay those strong statements into additional support,” he said. The area in which leaders said they made the greatest gains this week was goods movement, with Rep. James Oberstar, chairman of the House Transportation Committee, calling Los Angeles “the template of transportation for all of America.” “This is California, but this is America,” he said. “Your impact is far beyond the confines of the empire of Los Angeles and Long Beach. “When it comes to making a decision about where we are going to invest our transportation dollars, we have to look at the points of impact. And this is one of those areas.” A team of L.A. officials focused on transportation and goods movement also met Wednesday with Federal Highway Administrator J. Richard Capka and influential House members from Nevada and Illinois. WASHINGTON – Nearly 200 Los Angeles civic, business and education leaders wrapped up a two-day Capitol lobby-athon Wednesday, taking home no firm pledges of more federal money, but leaving behind what many said was a sunny impression of the Southland. “We’re leaving with Washington having a good impression of Los Angeles – that we’re focused and that we’re together,” said Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl. Ultimately, delegation members said, they came to D.C. to deliver a message they hope lawmakers remember in years to come: As Los Angeles goes, so goes the nation. “It is often said that someone has to hear something seven times before it sinks in. This was one of those times,” said Gary Toebben, president of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, which organized the trip. While lawmakers made no solid funding promises, Toebben said, many voiced strong support for L.A.’s financial needs. last_img read more

Funny video: Things better than Man United – reaction to MK Dons meltdown

first_imgIt was a shambles and naturally Man United have been the subject of many jokes online.Following the club’s 4-0 loss to MK Dons in the second round of the Capital One Cup, #ThingsBetterThanManchesterUnited was trending on Twitter and people had a right laugh at the club’s expense.Man United fans have been on the phone to talkSPORT’s Drivetime show with Adrian Durham and Darren Gough to vent their frustration, so let us know your thoughts on Man United – should Louis van Gaal have picked a better team to play MK Dons?last_img read more

Kane named England’s World Cup captain

first_img0Shares0000Harry Kane will captain England at the 2018 World Cup © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, May 22 – Tottenham striker Harry Kane will be England’s captain at the World Cup in Russia, the Football Association announced on Tuesday.Manager Gareth Southgate has shared the leadership role around since taking over as manager in 2016 but has now settled on Kane for the tournament, which begins next month. The 24-year-old, who has scored 12 goals in 23 international appearances, was first handed the armband for the qualifier against Scotland last June and has skippered the side on three further occasions.Southgate, who announced his decision during a team meeting at England’s training base on Monday, said: “Harry has some outstanding personal qualities. He is a meticulous professional and one of the most important things for a captain is that they set the standard every day.“He has belief and high standards and it is a great message for the team to have a captain who has shown that it is possible to be one of the best in the world over a consistent period of time.”Southgate and Kane, who burst onto the senior international scene with a goal 79 seconds into his 2015 debut against Lithuania, appeared in a live video posted on England’s Twitter account soon after the official announcement.“It’s an amazing honour,” said Kane. “Obviously you always dream of playing for England, growing up. To be the captain is that little bit more.“So excited, obviously excited for the World Cup. I just can’t wait to be there and experience it. To be leading the lads out is going to be special. But for me nothing changes — I’m the same person, the same player, and it’s just about the team. We’ve just got to do what we can and go as far as we can.”Kane’s Spurs team-mate Eric Dier and Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson were seen as the other likeliest candidates for the role.The standout star in England’s inexperienced squad, Kane will travel to his first World Cup full of confidence after another outstanding season in which he passed the 30-goal mark for club and country for the fourth season in a row.Kane has netted 45 goals in 52 appearances for Spurs and England in 2017/18, missing out on a third consecutive Premier League Golden Boot title to Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.His goals fired Spurs to third place in the Premier League, meaning they qualified for the Champions League for the third season in a row.The retired Wayne Rooney, the dropped Joe Hart and Gary Cahill, who is heading to Russia after a last-minute reprieve, have also captained England under Southgate.“Of course, Harry will need the support of the other good leaders that we have got around him,” said Southgate.“You don’t become a top team by just having a good captain with good values because that has got to spread right throughout the group but I think he is the one who is ready to take that challenge on.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Kellys Toyota launches first motoring column on DonegalWoman.ie

first_imgDonegal Woman, the sister site to Donegal Daily, has welcomed a new expert voice to its columnist team.Kellys Toyota, Donegal’s only Toyota dealership, will be offering advice, tips and tricks to the women of Donegal about all things motoring.In their first article on DonegalWoman.ie, Kellys Toyota are giving females from across the northwest the opportunity to decide what they want to see in the column series. Here is a preview of the first post, and you can follow Donegal Woman on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with future articles from Kellys Toyota!What motoring advice do you need from the expert team of Kellys Toyota? Tell them!A number of weeks ago we were approached by Donegal Woman about coming on board as the motoring columnist. We were privileged to be asked and hope that this will turn out to be a successful partnership for all involved.Donegal Woman has grown rapidly since its introduction prior to Christmas and we hope that we can be a part of the continued success story. Toyota’s brand statement is Built for a Better World, we want to embrace the concept in this partnership, we want to help the women of Donegal make better choices, be better informed and ultimately live a better life.Kellys Toyota LetterkennyKellys Toyota MountcharlesA little bit about Kellys ToyotaWe are the main Toyota dealer in Donegal in business for over 40yrs with two branches in Mountcharles & Letterkenny.We offer a large selection of new and used cars, a comprehensive aftersales department which includes servicing of your vehicle, NCT/DOE checks, valeting & supply of parts.We have 6 female staff who between them work in sales, accounts and reception.Kellys Toyota LetterkennyKellys Toyota MountcharlesWhat we need from youWe wish to offer genuine advice, tips and tricks to the women of Donegal about all things motoring, how can we make things better for you.Tell us what you want to know, whether that be how to change a tyre, how to top up screen wash, how to put in petrol, how to improve your experience & image of the motor industry. Our promiseThis won’t turn out to be a sales pitchAll our stories will be written by women from a woman’s perspective for womenOur contact details are below, so please get in touch and our first story will be going up in early June. You can also contact news@donegalwoman.ie to tell Kellys what you want to know.Kellys Toyota launches first motoring column on DonegalWoman.ie was last modified: May 23rd, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:carsColumnistDonegal WomanKelly’s Toyotamotoringlast_img read more

HALF-TIME McLARNON CUP: ST EUNAN’S IN TOUCH

first_imgST Eunan’s College are within a point of St Columb’s College in tonight’s McLarnon Cup quarter final clash.The match – being played in stormy conditions – is close at the break with the Donegal boys just a point behind.At half-time it’s St Columb’s 1-03, St Eunan’s 0-05. The Letterkenny college team will be playing with the breeze in the second half. HALF-TIME McLARNON CUP: ST EUNAN’S IN TOUCH was last modified: February 7th, 2014 by John2Share 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:St Columb’s CollegeSt.Eunan’s Collegelast_img read more