SEGAL Awarded Best Private Security of 2015

first_imgThe Civil Society Network of Liberia (CSNL) has presented Security Expert Guard Agency of Liberia (SEGAL) an award as the best private security of the year 2015.According to the Executive Director of CSNL, Mr. Sensee Kiadii, SEGAL was given the award based on its sacrifices to protect the lives of Liberians and for braving the storm along with the national security apparatus throughout the length and breadth of the nation to ensure a stable and peaceful society.He explained that CSNL was established in 2005 with the objective of bringing together all civil society organizations under a single umbrella in order to serve as a watchdog for all government institutions and private organizations, with the sole responsibility of ensuring that they live up to the expectations of the Liberian people.He encouraged members of SEGAL to keep up the good work by protecting the lives and properties of all in the 13 of Liberia’s 15 counties in which they operate.Turning over the award to SEGAL’s Executive Director, Mr. Momo Cyrus, the Acting Director for Professional Standard at the Liberian National Police (LNP), Randolph Dennis, urged SEGAL to keep up the good work as UNMIL is about to drawdown in June. He said security is crucial to the development of every country because if the country does not have well trained and equipped security forces there would be lack of investment, new businesses and many other things that will stop the country from developing.“In the absence of a better security system, investors will be afraid to transact business in the country and a majority of the people will suffer because there is lack of businesses and investments,” he said.He also disclosed that the LNP, and other security agencies in the country, are prepared to uphold the rule of law and protect the country when UNMIL draws down.“When it comes to security in all of the counties where the presence of UNMIL is not felt, SEGAL securities are covering those areas because the private security is very supportive,” he said.Upon receiving the award, Mr. Cyrus described it as a great milestone.“This certificate will encourage us to keep up the good work by protecting the people of Liberia and we in SEGAL are considering building a SEGAL Plaza that will cost U$250, 000,” he said.He promised to work to ensure that SEGAL remains the best private security firm in the country.He further promised to invest US$75,000 in agriculture so SEGAL’s commanders in all the 13 counties can engage in agriculture.Cyrus stressed that security is key to the development of every country, and called on the government to put a stop to foreign security firms taking over the country.“No foreign security should take over this country to protect our people. Give a chance to private security firms to take responsibility over Liberia because we must foster and build the capacity of the security in Liberia,” Cyrus added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Blackpool owners accused of treating club as ‘personal cash machine’

first_imgThe owners of Blackpool, the Oyston family, have been accused at the High Court of treating the football club as “the family’s personal cash machine”.Lawyers for Latvian millionaire Valeri Belokon, the club’s president, were launching what could prove to be one of British football’s most expensive legal actions.Andrew Green QC alleged on Monday at the start of a five-week hearing that Owen and Karl Oyston, owner and chairman of the Lancashire club, had “improperly” extracted millions of pounds from its funds following promotion to the Premier League in 2010 and used the money for their own benefit.Belokon’s company VB Football Assets, a minor shareholder in the club, was excluded from key decisions, information and any share of profits, said Green.VB Football is pursing a claim against the Oystons for “unfair prejudice” against shareholders.The claim is also against Blackpool FC Ltd itself and Blackpool FC (Properties) Ltd, a company with family links formerly known as Segesta.The Oystons are vigorously denying the claims in what has developed into a bitter legal battle.Green told Justice Marcus Smith, sitting in London, that as a result of the Seasiders reaching the Premier League, the club received some £106million.The unprecedented influx of cash over five years included £48million in respect of the 2010/11 season, followed by some £58million in “parachute payments” following Blackpool’s relegation at the end of the season.Green said: “Owen and Karl Oyston have treated Blackpool Football Club as the Oystons’ personal cash machine.”The QC said the family’s case was that at all times they had been transparent and open in relations to payments made out of the club.“Our case is that this is simply inconsistent when you consider the documents.“There was, in fact, the adoption of a deliberate strategy by the Oyston family to take cash out of Blackpool Football Club and do so in a way VB Football Assets and its nominated directors could do nothing to stop that was the antithesis of transparency.”Belokon won a court case in Manchester in February this year in a dispute with the Oystons over his share of profits after he provided £4.7million in July 2008 to develop the south stand and south-west corner of the club’s stadium.That case was brought by JSC Baltic International Bank, owned by Belokon, against Segesta Ltd, the holding company for the club’s assets.In March, the club announced Belokon was being suspended from its board as a result of a judgement in the Paris Court of Appeal related to disputed allegations of money laundering involving two banks founded or owned by him. 1last_img read more

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