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MRS OIL Nigeria Plc (MRS.ng) 2012 Annual Report

first_imgMRS OIL Nigeria Plc (MRS.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2012 annual report.For more information about MRS OIL Nigeria Plc (MRS.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the MRS OIL Nigeria Plc (MRS.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: MRS OIL Nigeria Plc (MRS.ng)  2012 annual report.Company Profile>MRS Oil Nigeria Plc markets and distributes a range of refined petroleum products and lubricants in Nigeria for the automotive, industrial and aviation sectors. Fuel products include petroleum motor spirit, automotive gas oil, dual purpose kerosene, aviation kerosene, low-pour fuel oil. The company also sells a range of high-quality lubricants for petrol and diesel engines as well as greases which are manufactured and distributed out of a state-of-the-art proprietary blending facility located at Apapa. The Aviation division sells aviation turbine kerosene. MRS Oil Nigeria Plc operates through 138 company-owned retail outlets and about 255 third-party-owned outlets. Formerly known as Chevron Oil Nigeria Plc, the company changed its name to MRS Oil Nigeria in 2009. MRS Oil Nigeria Plc is a subsidiary of MRS Africa Holdings Limited. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. MRS Oil Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

QXL’s Tim Jackson’s charity interests

QXL’s Tim Jackson’s charity interests It is not just US Internet entrepreneurs who have a healthy interest in sharing some of their wealth through philanthropy. Tim Jackson, founder of QXL, is giving up his non-executive directorship of the company to spend more time with his venture capital fund “and on his charity work,” according to the Independent.“He has moved about half his shares, which are still the subject of a lock-in, to various charitable foundations”, reports Saeed Shah in today’s issue. Howard Lake | 27 March 2000 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Advertisement  25 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. read more

File accounts on time to avoid missing out on donations, says Charity Commission

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 10 December 2013 | News Charities that do not file their financial accounts and returns with the Charity Commission on time could risk putting off would-be donors. Research commissioned by the charity regulator and the Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB) has found that 76% of adults would not donate to a charity which had failed to submit its annual return on time, now they knew about the Commission’s Register.The finding from research by ICM is particularly relevant in the run-up to Christmas and the many seasonal fundraising appeals that charities undertake. According to the research, 85% of people give directly to charity at Christmas, donating an average of around £40.Charities’ profile on the RegisterA charity’s profile on the Charity Commission’s Register is one of the best ways of showing that it remains accountable and transparent to the public. The profile confirms that it is a legitimate registered charity.If a charity does not submit its account and returns on time, then its profile will feature a red flag indicating it is late. Not surprisingly this sends a warning signal to potential donors.What checks do donors make before giving?The research asked donors what kind of checks they made before making a charitable donation. Advertisement File accounts on time to avoid missing out on donations, says Charity Commission 39% of donors ask collectors for identification or question them about the organisation27% of donors check that it is a registered charity20% of respondents (excluding Scotland) always or mostly check for the FRSB ‘give with confidence’ tick branding, which indicates that the charity’s fundraising is regulated.respondents aged 18-24 and over 65 are least likely to make checks before donating, with 49% and 46% respectively failing to do so.the most popular ways of giving at Christmas time are purchasing Christmas cards and other goods (64%), cash collections (53%), raffles and lotteries (44%) and bag/household goods collections (43%).Women make more checks than men, with 30% of female respondents checking for a registered charity number when approached. Just 24% of men do so.Men give an average of £52 directly to charities at Christmas time, with women donating an average of £27.Once informed of the various ways in which donors can check up on charities, 67% of respondents said they were likely to make checks before giving again.The research found that 43% of adults never make any checks when approached by a collector for a charitable donation, so late-filing charities still have some donors to rely on.Tackling late filingHowever, the Charity Commission is tackling charities that do not file on time. In September 2013, it opened a class inquiry into charities that are defaulting on their statutory obligations to meet reporting requirements by failing to file their annual documents for two or more years in the last five years.Sam Younger, Chief Executive of the Charity Commission, said:“We will not tolerate charities that fail to meet reporting requirements, and our enforcement action continues to target these breaches of duty… Charities should be aware that potential donors are checking their details, and we are encouraging those donors not to give to charities that send in their accounts late.”Alistair McLean, Chief Executive of the Fundraising Standards Board, added:“Although bogus fundraising remains rare, it is essential that we all do what we can to make it increasingly difficult for criminals to cheat charities and their supporters. For donors, this means being aware and, if in doubt, making a few simple checks before giving”.He  added further that people should not be deterred from giving.[message_box title=”About the survey” color=”blue”]ICM interviewed a random sample of 1162 adults aged 18+ via telephone in the UK between 22 November and 24 November 2013.  Surveys were conducted across the country and the results have been weighted to the profile of all adults.[/message_box]Image: Overdue by Jason Winter on Shutterstock.comcenter_img Tagged with: Charity Commission christmas Fundraising Standards Board Individual giving Law / policy  46 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

TCU welcomes SMU in quest to keep the Iron Skillet

first_imgFacebook Previous articleJimmy John’s may extend business hoursNext articleExamining the Mr. and Ms. TCU selection process Dean Straka RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Dean Straka TCU wide receiver David Porter (14) shows off the famed iron skillet with teammate and fellow wide receiver Josh Doctson (9) after their 56-0 win over SMU in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Dallas. The “skillet” goes the the winner of the SMU-TCU game and has been a tradition since 1915. (AP Photo/LM Otero) Equestrian upsets No. 1 Baylor, swept by Texas A&M at NCEA Championships Dean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/ Dean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/ + posts Dean Straka is a senior journalism major from Lake Forest, California. He currently serves as Sports Line Editor for TCU 360. His passions include golf, God, traveling, and sitting down to watch the big game of the day. Follow him on Twitter at @dwstraka49 Equestrian defeated in Big 12 Championship Norrie climbs to No. 1 in national rankings Men’s tennis clinches consecutive Big 12 titles with win over No. 4 Baylor Twitter Dean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/ printUPDATE: TCU head coach Gary Patterson said Wednesday that defensive end Davion Pierson will not be available to play.TCU football first played Southern Methodist University in the fall of 1915, shutting out the Mustangs 43-0. One hundred years later, the rivalry is still intact as the two teams meet at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth this weekend.The Horned Frogs and Mustangs will battle it out for the Iron Skillet trophy for the 95th time this Saturday. For the first time since 2012 the game will be played under the lights, with kickoff set for 7 p.m.The Frogs enter the game at No. 3 in the nation and sit at 2-0 after routing Stephen F. Austin 70-7 in last weekend’s home opener. The Mustangs come into Fort Worth at 1-1, riding the momentum of a 31-13 victory over the University of North Texas last weekend.TCU’s offense has regained the swagger they carried last season. Quarterback Trevone Boykin led the Frogs against SFA, passing for 285 yards and four touchdowns before being subbed out early in the second half.Wide receiver Kolby Listenbee and running back Aaron Green also returned to their 2014 form last weekend. Listenbee made six receptions for 142 yards against SFA.Green recorded two short rushing touchdowns for the Frogs before being subbed out after the first quarter.TCU will also be expecting wide receiver Josh Doctson to get back on the map Saturday. Doctson, who finished as one of the Frogs’ top receivers last season, has only caught one touchdown pass over the first two games this season.On the other side of the ball, The Frogs’ depleted defense must continue to rely on new faces to get the job done this weekend.“We got to have young guys keep growing up,” Patterson said in Tuesday’s press conference. “A lot of guys played in last week’s game that didn’t play against Minnesota or ever before.”Patterson said the Frogs are once again expected to be without freshman linebacker Mike Freeze, who went on a ‘personal leave of absence’ last week.“We’re giving him time,” Patterson said. “That time will run out at the drop date. If he comes back we’ll welcome him back, he’s done nothing wrong.”Patterson said that there is a “great chance” that senior defensive tackle Davion Pierson could return to the lineup for Saturday’s contest after missing the first two games with an undisclosed injury.The status of senior defensive end Mike Tuaua remains an unknown. Tuaua did not play on Saturday for unspecified reasons.For SMU, Saturday is another chance to show the college football world the progress they have made after finishing 2014 with a dismal 1-11 record.Under the direction of new head coach Chad Morris, SMU’s offense has already made strides this season. The combined 52 points they scored against Baylor and UNT have already exceeded their point total from their first seven games in 2014.Junior quarterback Matt Davis has proven himself to be a dual threat, throwing for 171 yards while rushing for 135 yards against UNT. Even Patterson acknowledged Davis’s talent.“Matt is athletic and definitely adds a spark,” Patterson said. “You’re covering everyone else and then he takes off.”All the stats won’t matter when the teams take the field on Saturday. With an enduring rivalry between the schools, anything can happen.“It’s a lot more emotional and physical,” Patterson said. “The new offense they run makes you play that way. Chad has done a very good job over there at playing hard.”For Patterson and the Frogs, the lasting rivalry, while not as amped as it may have previously been, is not expected to end anytime soon.“I am still a fan of keeping series intact,” Patterson said. ”It’s hard to find games. There’s a historical plus. Who else do you play?” Twitter ReddIt Linkedin Facebook Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Linkedin ReddIt TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Dean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/ TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hellolast_img read more

Editor spends week-end in prison under police pressure to reveal sources

first_imgNews Nearly half of UN member countries have obstructed coronavirus coverage June 29, 2020 Find out more November 27, 2020 Find out more Reports Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives to go further June 15, 2020 Find out more RSF_en center_img ComorosAfrica The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Follow the news on Comoros News Reporters sans frontières has condemned the 54-hour detention of Aboubacar Mchangama, editor of the private weekly L’Archipel by the Moroni police force, arrested for publishing two articles expressing dissatisfaction within the army.Aboubacar Mchangama, president of the Comorian Print Media Organization (l’Organisation comorienne de la presse écrite, OCPE), was taken into custody on 25 March 2006 at approximately 9:00 a.m. (local time) by a judicial brigade of the Moroni police force and immediately placed in detention. The legal time limit for any person to be held in detention in Comoros is 24 hours, which is renewable only once.Several army officers filed a complaint with the L’Archipel editor following the 8 February publication of an article that stated that there were rumblings of discontent over the promotion to commander of three officers on the basis of friendships, according to the newspaper’s sources.Then, on 15 March, the newspaper reported that the officers who had expressed their discontent over the promotions had received disciplinary action. These officers then blamed the journalists for the sanctions inflicted upon them.Unconfirmed local sources indicated that the journalist was arrested for “moral and material prejudice”. Before being placed in detention, Aboubacar Mchangama had already been interrogated by officials under the guise of “an internal investigation”. ComorosAfrica News Organisation March 27, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Editor spends week-end in prison under police pressure to reveal sourceslast_img read more

US — #WeeklyAddress: January 15 — 21:  President Trump releases his “fake news” awards

first_imgNews January 23, 2018 US — #WeeklyAddress: January 15 — 21:  President Trump releases his “fake news” awards Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says to go further RSF_en Receive email alerts June 7, 2021 Find out more News June 3, 2021 Find out more Below are the most notable incidents regarding threats to press freedom in the US during the week of January 15 – 21: Organisation News United StatesAmericas President Trump attacks mainstream media via awards RSF responded to Trump’s latest attack on the media with a “Bravo Donald!” campaign on social media that criticizes the president’s interpretation of the First Amendment. The president sent out a tweet on the evening of January 17 with a link to all of his eleven “fake news” awardees on the Republican National Committee website. The article listed the awardees, stated how much the President had accomplished, and argued that the media should be covering more of those successes. Following the release of the awards, Trump posted the link to the “fake news” article, he wrote a follow-up tweet praising the “good news.”Shortly after, The Washington Post published an article fact-checking the President’s claims about the media’s “false” coverage and concluded that at least eight of Trump’s “fake news” winners issued corrections following their errors, two were inaccurate tweets that were quickly corrected, and one was an opinion piece for which the reporter later retracted an inaccurate portion predicting that the economy would never recover during Trump’s presidency.Trump tells CNN White House Correspondent: “Out”On Jim Acosta’s second day as CNN’s chief White House correspondent, President Trump instructed him to leave the Oval Office after attempting to question the President about his immigration comments during a photo-op. When Acosta attempted to ask a follow-up question as to whetherTrump wanted more immigrants from white countries, the President simply pointedat Acosta and said, “out.” The meeting ended shortly thereafter.Trump has targeted CNN multiple times throughout his presidency, calling out several of its journalists for reporting “fake news.” He has also retweeted violent memes in the past that targeted CNN. Man arrested after calling CNN with threatsBrandon Griesemer was arrested on Friday January 19 after calling CNN with multiple threats. He made a total of 22 calls on January 9 and 10, where he threatened to kill employees at the network’s Atlanta, Georgia headquarters. During one such call, he said: “Fake news. I’m going to gun you all down.” The same day of his arrest, he was charged with intent to extort and threat to injure and released on a $10,000 bond. If convicted, Griesemer could face a fine or up to five years in prison. In a statement, CNN said, “We take any threats to CNN employees or workplaces, around the world, extremely seriously. This one is no exception.” President Trump has repeatedly targeted media outlets, but in particular CNN, with the “fake news” label, and has retweeted at least three violent memes depicting violence against the network. Journalist still facing charges for covering inauguration protestsThe US Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia has dropped felony charges against 129 protesters involved in mass arrests during the day of President Trump’s inauguration last year, according to court documents filed on Thursday January 18. There is still a group of 59 people facing criminal charges, including a New Mexico-based journalist named Aaron Cantú. Cantú started his trial in October of last year and is facing up to 70 years in prison for multiple charges including inciting to riot, rioting, conspiracy to riot, and five felony charges of destruction of property. Lawyers for Cantú filed a motion on Friday to dismiss these charges, arguing the arrest was a breach of Cantú’s First Amendment rights as a journalist. Alexei Wood was another journalist who faced charges for live-streaming the same protests, before being cleared last month. Eight journalists were initially arrested on January 20, 2017 but all but Cantú have since had charges dropped against them or were cleared at trial.Two senators criticize Trump’s anti-press rhetoricJeff Flake, a Republican Senator from Arizona, attacked the president’s treatment of the press and compared the American president to Soviet dictator Josef Stalin during his remarks on the Senate floor on January 17. Arizona Senator John McCain wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post on January 16 where he criticized the president for attacking the press. McCain claimed Trump’s commonly used phrase “fake news” “is being used by autocrats to silence reporters, undermine political opponents, stave off media scrutiny, and mislead citizens.” President Trump has yet to directly respond to the attacks made against him by both Flake and McCain. Newest survey shows higher distrust in mediaKnight Foundation published a survey on Tuesday, January 16 about Americans’ opinions towards the media. The 2017 Gallup/Knight Foundation Survey sent out a mail survey to more than 19,000 US adults aged 18 and older. The results showed that more than 8 in 10 US adults believed that the mainstream media have a prominent role to play in democracy, but believe the media is not fulfilling that role. They also showed that media trust is highly influenced by partisanship with a significantly high number of Democrats who trust the media while Republicans do not.The results evidence long-standing trends seen within multiple presidencies; however, what is unusual under the current administration is that Americans cannot agree on the definition of “fake news.” Democrats agree on the original meaning of “fake news” as referring to false or misleading information, while Republicans lean more towards President Trump’s interpretation of the term which delegitimizes the press.The United States ranks 43rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index after falling 2 places in the last year. For the latest updates, follow RSF on twitter @RSF_en. WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists News United StatesAmericas April 28, 2021 Find out more NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Help by sharing this information Follow the news on United Stateslast_img read more

Donegal fisherman commences hunger strike outside Leinster House

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Donegal fisherman commences hunger strike outside Leinster House A Donegal fisherman has gone on hunger strike outside Leinster House.Gerard Kelly from Greencastle commenced his protest today as the Sea Fisheries (Amendment) Bill comes before the Seanad.The Government is proposing to reintroduce controversial legislation to permit foreign-owned vessels using a Northern address access to Irish waters.Donegal Senator Padraig MacLochlainn addressed the Seanad a short time ago, he told the Minister that while substantive progress has been made over the past couple of weeks, grave concerns still remain.He appealed to the Minister to immediately intervene before the Bill proceeds to the Dail:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/fisheriesweb.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ Pinterest Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Community Enhancement Programme open for applications WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme By News Highland – March 26, 2019 Previous articleMain Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday March 26thNext articleThieves target number of commercial premises in Derry News Highland Twitter WhatsApp Pinterestlast_img read more

TH&R residents to be adopted

first_img Those who adopt a resident are asked to have the gifts to TH&R by Dec. 14.The gifts for the residents may be gift wrapped with the exception of clothing items which should be put in gift bags so they don’t have to be unwrapped to be labeled.The Christmas party will be at 2 p.m. December 18. Those who adopt a resident are invited to attend the party but the names of the adopted residents will not be revealed.For those who are looking for a way to share Christmas with someone outside their circle of family and friends, Troy Health and Rehabilitation Center offers a unique opportunity with its “Adopt-a-Resident” program, Dawkins said.The number to call to adopt a resident is 334-566-1176. Latest Stories Santa Claus comes early to the residents at the Troy Health and Rehabilitation Center.The message Jeanette Dawkins, TH&R activities director, received from the North Pole is that Santa will visit the center on December 18 with a bag filled with Christmas wishes.“Santa Claus will visit each of our residents in the morning and deliver their presents to them,” Dawkins said. “Then, in the afternoon, they will come together for our annual Christmas party. Our residents look forward to the Christmas party each year and especially to their visits from Santa.” Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Dawkins said Troy Health and Rehab has 155 residents. Some of them are less fortunate that others in that they don’t have family or friends living nearby to share Christmas with them.“Our residents enjoy Christmas and they really like to receive gifts. Some of them get several gifts and others get very few,” Dawkins said. “Troy Health and Rehab makes it possible for every resident to get a gift from Santa. And, our Adopt-a-Resident program makes it possible for everyone to get a little something more.“Over the years, the Troy and Pike County communities have been supportive of our Adopt-a-Resident program. This year, we’ve had several of our residents to be adopted already. However, there are residents who are yet to be adopted. Hopes are that there are those who will open their hearts to them.” Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration By The Penny Hoarder Email the author Sponsored Content You Might Like SILVER BELLS (photos) MESSENGER PHOTO/COURTNEY PATTERSONThe City of Troy held its annual Christmas parade Monday night, followed by the Christmas tree lighting. Almost… read more The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Adopting a resident is easy and it doesn’t put a strain on the wallet.“Those who would like to adopt a resident for Christmas may choose a male or female,” Dawkins said. “We will provide them with a room number and the wish list for that resident and you can choose one or more of the items on the list.The wish lists are modest and include such items as white socks, pajamas, T-shirts, wraps, body washes, lotions and bar soap. Radio/CD players are not always included on the wish lists but are much appreciated by the residents.“Most all of our residents enjoy listening to music and to have their own radio or CD player is a real treat,” Dawkins said. Skip Published 4:00 am Tuesday, December 8, 2015 TH&R residents to be adopted Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits By Jaine Treadwell Book Nook to reopen Print Article Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Potential terror plot in Cleveland foiled: FBI

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) — An Ohio man has been accused of plotting an attack on Wednesday’s Independence Day parade and fireworks in downtown Cleveland, the FBI announced Monday.Agents said they had charged Demetrius Nathaniel Pitts with one count of attempting to provide material support to Al-Qaeda.“I’m trying to figure out something that would shake them up on the 4th of July,” Pitts allegedly said to an undercover FBI operative, according to court documents.“What would hit them at their core? Blow up in the, have a bomb blow up in the 4th of July parade,” he continued.Pitts made clear to the undercover operative numerous times that he wanted to be responsible only for the planning of the attack – not carrying it out, court records show.“The only thing I’m gonna be responsible for is going to look at the spot, to scope out the scenery,” he told the undercover agent in one alleged conversation.According to court documents, Pitts a 48-year-old resident of Maple Heights, Ohio, first attracted the attention of the FBI in 2015 with social media postings about jihad.The FBI grew more concerned when the postings became more violent in nature. officials said.Pitts also expressed to the undercover agent that he would also surveil Philadelphia, a city where he previously lived, in planning a future potential attack.He was due in court later Monday.“Terrorists reject the ideals this nation was founded upon—the ideals we celebrate on July Fourth and which our law enforcement officers lay down their lives for every day,” said Attorney General Sessions in a release Monday.Just before the Fourth of July, law enforcement reminded Americans to be vigilant for anything unusual – but stressed there was no credible threat.New York and other cities have beefed up security for their Fourth of July events.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Three river otters stolen from animal sanctuary in North Carolina

first_imgpixonaut/iStock(COATS, N.C.) — Police are looking for three river otters apparently stolen from their habitat at a North Carolina animal sanctuary.Caretakers at Animal Edventures Sanctuary in Coats, North Carolina, about 30 miles south of Raleigh, awoke Monday morning to find the door to its otter enclosure wide open and its three inhabitants missing.The otters, named Sigmind, Nessy and Ned, have not been seen since Sunday night.“The latch to their enclosure was completely intact,” sanctuary director Cory Freeman told Durham ABC affiliate WTVD-TV. “There was no failure. This is a latch that can only be manipulated manually with a level of dexterity.”Freeman said she isn’t sure if the animals were stolen or just let out by someone who might be opposed to the animals being held in captivity.No other cages or habitats were tampered with, though, Freeman said.The sanctuary has operated for 18 years in the same location and is home to more than 200 animals once held as pets. While the sanctuary is home to many common pets, like dogs, cats and farm animals, it also is home to a two-toed sloth, African serval cat, ostrich, capuchin monkey and others.It is a member of the Humane Society and educates the public on conservation.River otters are sometimes kept as pets, but they need a large habitat, with water, to thrive.“It saddens me to report that one of the most wonderful and rare of native species on the property were stolen this week sparking an investigation and search to reunite the three unfortunate river otters with their care taker at the animal sanctuary,” a spokesperson for Animal Edventures said in a statement.“River otters are some of the rarest native wildlife in America, as their numbers have drastically reduced over recent years due to deforestation along waterways where they normally thrive,” the spokesperson added.North American river otters are still listed under “least concern” on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.“We don’t know if this is motivated by money, we don’t know if this was motivated by an extremist group that feels like all animals should be free,” Freeman told WTVD. “Are they being properly cared for? Does this person even know what they eat and what they need? They’re not a creature that you can just put in a cage. … It’s devastating.”The Harnett County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the disappearance of the otters. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more