LONDON (Reuters) – A man who tried to rob Arsenal players Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac at knifepoint in a failed North London carjacking last July was sentenced to 10 years in jail on Friday.The BBC reported that Ashley Smith, 30, was sentenced at Harrow Crown Court after admitting trying to steal watches worth 200,000 pounds ($255,440.00) from the Premier League players.An accomplice, 26-year-old Jordan Northover, had also admitted involvement in the attack and was awaiting sentencing.Judge Ian Bourne described Smith as a “career criminal” who was well known to police.Former Germany midfielder Ozil was driving his black Mercedes in North London when the car was boxed in by motorbike riders wearing helmets on July 25.Video images showed Bosnian defender Kolasinac, who was a passenger, getting out of the vehicle and confronting the attackers.Both players were then left out of Arsenal’s team for the season-opening game.
Police have detained the chief executive officer of the Washington University of Barbados, Gopi Venkat Rao, after he was linked to a scheme that swindled hundreds of students of thousands of dollars.Venkat Rao is wanted in India amid allegations that he had promised the students admission to foreign medical universities. Soon after his arrest on Friday, nearly 200 students gathered for a meeting with a high level government team led by the Minister of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs Cynthia Forde and including Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of People Empowerment Neil Rowe, and officials from the ministries of labor,health, and education, and the Welfare Department.Students dupedThe students and faculty employees were only made aware of Venkat Rao’s deceit on Sunday, September 30 after media outlets India Times News Network and The Hindu newspaper had reported that over 200 students were duped by an educational consultancy firm of which he is the owner.Six of Venkat Rao’s staff members were arrested in India, and police launched a hunt for the director, his wife Nikita Venkat and an associate identified as Zameer, The Hindu reported.Promised placement in US medical colleges According to media reports, the fraudsters convinced clients that they had secured tie-ups with medical institutions in several countries. They allegedly promised them seats in medical colleges in the United States and China.A consultant for the Washington University of Barbados, Subash Agarwal, questioned the procedures the unaccredited university went through to be registered in Barbados.The on-line publication Barbados TODAY reported that Agarwal was speaking as a parent who invested US$32 000 in his daughter’s education.He was recruited by the Venkat’s company in India and was assured that the institution met all the necessary health requirements by a video which was presented to the staff before their arrival in Barbados.The video featured prominent Barbadian politicians guaranteeing that the institution met the necessarily stipulations, said Agarwal.Assured by former Min. of EducationHe claimed a month after the general elections, former Minister of Education Ronald Jones visited the campus and assured the staff and students that they would soon be accredited by the Barbados Accreditation Council.“They provided a letter to all the consulting people, gave us videos of the health minister, Prime Minister, videos in their function at the university . . . . I thought all was well.”
Former Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), Dr. J. Mills Jones, has called on Liberians to give him the chance to lead Liberia as president during the upcoming 2017 elections. “Give me a chance to lead, and I will be your servant,” Dr. Jones said in a statement on Wednesday. “Liberia’s interest will be my interest. I will be president for all Liberians. It will be a tough fight, but I am prepared to carry the cross.” He made the statement at an appreciation dinner at the Paynesville City Hall on Wednesday, May 25, held on behalf of Liberians who gave him their support during his tenure as Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia.It can be recalled that Dr. Jones was criticized by some sections of Liberians for the CBL microloan scheme that empowered small Liberian businesses that evidently improved his relationship with locals throughout the country. His critics said he was using state resources to feed his own political ambition, calling it a waste of resources. But the Governor insists that giving back to the Liberian people is not a waste.He however said that a good leader must have the will to stand up for the people and encourage them to remain focused and calm under pressure to implement change in the nation’s interest.That evening, for the first time ever, Dr. Jones announced publicly his political direction. “I have decided to give a positive response to the desire of a cross-section of our citizens that I should contest for the position of President of Liberia in 2017. Your desire is now our desire. I will be your candidate,” Dr. Jones declared. His statement comes a week following his acceptance of a petition to contest the 2017 general and presidential elections by a group of Liberians under the banner “United Liberians Concerned About the Future” at his Marshall residence in Margibi County last Saturday.The former CBL boss said his fate is in the hands of Almighty God, who has brought him from a humble beginning to this day. “We mortals can only express or wish. Only God Almighty has the final say. So I say to the people of Liberia that, God willing, I will provide the leadership thatwill put Liberia on a new course of economic, political and social transformation.“I will bring this leadership to the Executive Mansion; so when I promise to provide leadership that is different from the business-as-usual ways that have been the standard approach of the political establishment, that promise is based on my record at CBL,” he said.Dr. Jones said although not everyone will agree on everything that he did; however, a fair assessment of his performance will show that he demonstrated vision – though outside of the box – to bring about transformation by changing the living condition of Liberians. “And to those who say we were using public resources to do what we did, I say, yes,” he stated. “And if all in the public service were using public resources to help the people rise out of poverty, Liberia would be a better place. And those who want to criticize us for promoting policies that have helped to lift our fathers and mothers, our sisters and brothers out of poverty, to keep the poor school teacher or health worker from traveling out of their counties sometimes in the rain to cash their salary checks, I say you are only demonstrating the limitations of your own minds.” The Liberian banker said he will work to nurture a stable democracy, as well as bind the wounds of injustice, distrust, and alienation that continue to tear apart the fabric of Liberia’s democracy. Dr. Jones told the gathering that it is now time for the real people who have the country at heart to take over so as to revive the hope of the vast majority of Liberians who continue to live in abject poverty.He cautioned his compatriots to stand firm in the midst of suppression, but said the creator of the universe will not let the oppressors to succeed.“The growing waves of chronic corruption, nepotism and deception; those emphasizing these vices shall be stripped and those in the valley of poverty shall be lifted up and that mountain of false fight, misrule and incompetence shall be made ruined,” said Dr. Jones.He assured Liberians that a new day is coming for a new Liberia to be born and as such, they should stand firm and tall in order to achieve their desires.He said: “We will surely win the forthcoming election.”Dr. Jones said during his administration, healthcare delivery system, education and the economy will top his agenda.He added that his government will make Liberia more prosperous and politically stable, that all Liberians irrespective of tribe, social and religious background will have equal opportunity during his regime.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Arsenal ‘have to start believing’ they can win Premier League title, Gunners legend David Seaman tells talkSPORT
Arsenal legend David Seaman believes the Gunners have a great chance to end their wait for a Premier League title this season after tasting a sweet victory over rivals Manchester City.The dominant hosts sealed all three points before half-time on Monday night thanks to goals from Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud, with Yaya Toure’s late finish just a consolation for the below-par Blues.The 2-1 win lifted Arsenal to within two points of league leaders Leicester, while also established a four point cushion above third-placed City.Manager Arsene Wenger was keen to play down his side’s chances following the game, insisting it is far too soon to be talking about a title tilt just 17 games into the campaign.But former England goalkeeper Seaman is adamant another win over a top-four rival will give the Gunners a much-needed confidence boost as they aim to claim their first league crown since 2004.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the Invincibles hero said: “Arsenal have got a great chance [for the title].“They’ve got to start believing sooner or later, because the other teams are not doing well, they aren’t performing consistently. So they’ve got a great chance.“This season is so different because they’re beating the big teams, which is a massive bonus. They’ve struggled with that over the last few seasons.“But they’ve also got to make sure they win the ‘smaller games’. Their next few matches will be a big test for them and they have to get themselves up for it.”