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Update: Troubled Russian Ship Reaches Southampton

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first_imgMekhanik Yartsev, a Russian cargo ship which developed a  significant list off Portsmouth, arrived at a Southampton dock in the afternoon hours of December 28.HM Coastguard said that the 1990-built vessel, which had its own power, was assisted on the journey to the King George V Graving Dock by a pilot vessel, two tugs and escorted by an RNLI All Weather Lifeboat as a precautionary measure.Mekhanik Yartsev started listing outside Portsmouth Harbour on December 26. Due to adverse weather conditions at the site on December 27, the plans to move the vessel were put on hold, forcing Mekhanik Yartsev to remain at anchor overnight.The cargo removal operation was scheduled to be undertaken once the ship was safely alongside the dock.HM Coastguard earlier informed that the ship lost 30 pieces of cargo during bad weather conditions some 20 miles south of the Worthing area on the south coast. The cargo packages, which were 3-4 cubic metres each, containing timber, were reported to have broken up resulting in individual planks floating on the surface.Mekhanik Yartsev was en route from Riga, Latvia, to Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland, when it developed the list.Image Courtesy: HM Coastguardlast_img read more

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Alleged $8.4m, N4b fraud: Court frowns at NFF officials for refusing to appear

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first_imgRelatedPosts Ministry reads riot act to NFA, Clubs over resumption of league Super Eagles to unveil new Nike jersey in Portugal CAF, NFF celebrate Enyeama at 38 A Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday frowned at the refusal of four officials of the Nigeria Football Federal to appear in court over alleged 8.4 million dollars and N4 billion fraud case.News Agency of Nigeria reports that Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu had on July 1, issued a warrant of arrest for the four men following their repeated refusal to appear in court to answer to the fraud case charges against them.The Federal Government had through the Special Presidential Investigation Panel on the Recovery of Public Property charged them over alleged misappropriation of the sums of 8.4 million dollars and N4 billion belonging to the NFF.The five officials are NFF President, Amaju Pinnick’s, NFF Secretary, Sunusi Mohammed; the 1st Vice-President, Seyi Akinwumi; the 2nd Vice-President, Shehu Dikko and an Executive member, Yusuff Fresh, as the 1st to 5th respondents respectively.Pinnick was exempted from the ordered arrest due to his official roles as a member of the Confederation of African Football’s organising committee at the African Cup of Nation in Egypt.Justice Ojukwu said that their duty was to be in court when ordered as the charges against them before the court had not been cancelled.She said that when an order was given, it was expected that such order be obeyed otherwise matters from such agencies will no longer be entertained in her court.“Nobody is bigger than the law,” she said.Counsel to the defendants, Mohammed Katu, said that the respondents were absent because the president had instructed that the Attorney General of the Federation took over the case from the office of Special Presidential Investigation Panel and had ordered all activities be before the AGF.He said that the AGF had earlier called the attention of the respondents to his office and in view of the recent development he believed the AGF will do justice to prosecute the matter.He said: “During dependency of this matter, the same complainants wrote another petition in respect of the same facts against the defendant and on the basis of which they sent to ICPC,EFCC.“We wrote a letter to the AGF that it would constitute an abuse of processes and the administration of law for same persons as complainants , using the same facts in a petition against the defendants in various investigative agencies.“The AGF deemed it necessary that the matter before the Court be brought back to him, the matter before EFCC and ICPC should also be brought back to him so that he will look at them and find out then consolidate them with the view of giving it one meaning.”Justice Ojukwu said that the defendants had no reason to appear before any agency thereby constituting a parallel hearing in disobedience to the court when the matter was already before a judge.She said that if files had been handed over to the AGF and he wanted to make further investigations, they could appear before him after the matter was no longer in court.Abubakar Musa, Counsel to AGF, said the AG was just coming into the matter today as he was not aware of what the special panel had done.He said: “But now according to the instruction of the president, the AG is taking over the matter and all the files are meant to be in transition because I cannot tell you now if they have deposited the file to the AGF as he has not told me that.“I don’t blame the court, the AGF is the chief law officer of the state and he is bound to ensure that the federal republic of Nigeria obeys court orders.“But he is not aware of this order and by so saying we can’t say he is bound now to bring the defendants before the court.“The files have to be reviewed, if there is sufficient evidence that warrants prosecution,but the decision now is for the AG to take.”Justice Ojukwu adjourned the matter to October 5 for arraignment and ordered that all affected parties be in court.Tags: NFFlast_img read more

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Villa tactics delight Lambert

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first_img “Tactically it was fantastic but you have to have lads who will carry it out and right from the off we were outstanding,” he said. “We have worked a lot on training and the lads have grasped what we are trying to do. “It is hard coming here, a club that nearly won the league last year, a club that has Champions League football and a club whose resources are massive compared to ourselves. “Right from Gabby (Agbonlahor) to (Brad) Guzan defensively we were immense. “There was another goal for Gabby; he signed a new deal and has started the season brilliantly. If he can keep that form, great.” Lambert said there was nothing in the Senderos-Balotelli incident but claimed something untoward had occurred between the Italy striker and Villa’s other centre-back Nathan Baker. “I saw the one before that between Balotelli and Nathan Baker and the fourth official saw that,” he added. “It is a physical game and we are not going to be shrinking violets coming here. You have to handle the occasion and playing against top players.” Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert felt his side were tactically perfect in their 1-0 win at Liverpool but denied they were over-physical in their approach at Anfield. Gabriel Agbonlahor scored from a ninth-minute corner and Villa held on to their lead as they prevented their hosts creating anything dangerous. Defender Philippe Senderos appeared to land a kick on Reds striker Mario Balotelli, who also came in for some rough stuff from Alan Hutton in the first half, but Lambert insisted there was nothing untoward in their approach. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, shorn of the attacking pace of injured Daniel Sturridge and opting to drop Raheem Sterling to the bench, admitted his side struggled to break down the visitors. “It is disappointing. We started slowly, gave away a poor goal, picked up the tempo after that and the players gave everything but we lacked that bit of quality and the final ball,” said the Northern Irishman “You have to give Aston Villa credit, they defended well once they got the goal, kept their lines tight in a low block and we couldn’t get the final pass so it was really frustrating for us. “They defended well; the back four and midfield five were in and Agbonlahor on the counter-attack is always a threat. “We started slowly which is unlike us. We have found a problem with Aston Villa in my time here. We lacked that bit of quality in the final third. “It was just as a team we didn’t have the intensity in our game. Everything was centralised and they were very compact, we needed to get around the sides a bit quicker. “Second half was much better in terms of the domination but apart from Coutinho’s little bit when he hit the post and worked the space well, we never created as much as we would normally do.” On the physicality of Villa Rodgers, who claimed he had not seen the Senderos kick at Balotelli, added: “It is a man’s game and I don’t think they were overly aggressive at all.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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