Family member tried to extort NFL star for $5 million, court documents show

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBob Levey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A relative of NFL star Tyrann Mathieu allegedly tried to extort him for $5 million, according to federal court documents unsealed on Tuesday. Mathieu, who now plays for the Kansas City Chiefs after stints with Houston and Arizona, was allegedly blackmailed over private information, with the relative saying he would send private information to gossip outlet TMZ if he wasn’t paid. Geourvon Keinell Sears, 20, is described in the criminal complaint as “a family member and heretofore a close associate of Victim #1.”While the victim is unnamed in the criminal complaint — only referred to as a professional athlete with the initials “TM” — Mathieu’s lawyer, Denise White of EAG Sports, confirmed to Kansas City ABC affiliate KMBC-TV that Mathieu was the victim.White said Mathieu is dealing with a “private and personal family issue,” and offered no further comment.Sears allegedly spoke to Mathieu on the phone in late April and demanded the NFL star deposit $1.5 million in the suspect’s bank account by the end of the week, according to the complaint. Mathieu refused and blocked Sears from being able to contact him by phone.But a day after being blocked, the suspect allegedly contacted a friend of Mathieu and said in a text, “5 MILLION BY FRIDAY IM DONE TALKING EMAILING TMZ NOW.” He also provided his bank account information so Mathieu, or his associates, could deposit the money, according to court documents.Sears then allegedly went as far as to send Mathieu’s friends a voice message saying, “I want 1.5 million by Friday or I am going to kill all you all.”Mathieu told police he feared for his and his family’s safety and believed Sears was capable of violence, according to the document.The suspect then spoke to Mathieu’s agent by telephone and said he would “injure TM’s reputation by alleging sexual misconduct” if he didn’t receive the money.Sears was initially expected to make a first court appearance in Louisiana, where he lives, on Thursday, but his lawyer successfully petitioned for 30 more days to review evidence in the case.He will appear in court on June 21.Sears was released on $25,000 bond and ordered to have no contact with Mathieu or his associates, in person or via social media, cellphone or computer. He is being held on home incarceration and with a monitoring device, according to the court order.Mathieu struggled with disciplinary issues while at Louisiana State University, but his play on the field was electric as both a freshman and sophomore. As a sophomore he was named a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, awarded to the best college player in the nation each year.But following the 2011-12 season, the star was dismissed from the team by head coach Les Miles. While the reason was never released by the school, ESPN reported that he had failed multiple drug tests. Mathieu enrolled back in LSU that fall as only a student, but was arrested for drug possession in October 2012 and declared for the NFL draft a month later.Mathieu was drafted in the third round due to concerns about his behavior, but quickly became one of the best safeties in the league paired with his former college teammate Patrick Peterson. He made the All-Rookie team in 2013 and was a first-team All Pro in 2015. He signed a five-year, $62 million deal following that season, but was injured in 2016 and released by Arizona in 2018.He played one season with the Houston Texans before signing with the Chiefs this offseason for three years and $42 million. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. May 22, 2019 /Sports News – National Family member tried to extort NFL star for $5 million, court documents show Beau Lundcenter_img Written bylast_img read more

Zenith Energy forays into Tilapia oilfield by acquiring AAOG Congo

first_imgThe Tilapia oilfield, which is located nearly 1.8km offshore the Republic of the Congo has been in production since 2007 Zenith Energy acquires AAOG Congo to foray into Tilapia oilfield. (Credit: 272447 from Pixabay) Zenith Energy has forayed into the offshore Tilapia oilfield in the Republic of the Congo by wrapping up its previously announced acquisition of a fully-owned subsidiary of Anglo African Oil & Gas (AAOG) in the Central African country.Through the deal, the Canadian oil and gas company acquired 100% of Anglo African Oil & Gas Congo (AAOG Congo), which holds a 56% majority interest in the Tilapia oilfield, besides being its operator. The other stakeholder in the onshore oilfield is Société Nationales des Pétroles Congolais (SNPC), the national oil company of the Republic of the Congo.Brief details of the Tilapia oilfieldThe Tilapia oilfield, which is located nearly 1.8km offshore the Republic of the Congo has been in production since 2007. The oilfield is drilled from onshore where it also has production and storage facilities.With the acquisition completed, Zenith Energy said that it is now working to wrap up the required regulatory process in the country to approve the transfer of ownership, apart from finalising negotiations for a new 25-year licence for the oilfield.The Canadian oil and gas company confirmed that it has now assumed control of AAOG Congo and will soon implement various cost-cutting steps and management changes to maximise efficiency in the prevailing low oil price environment.Zenith Energy CEO Andrea Cattaneo said: “I am delighted to have now fully completed the acquisition of Tilapia, especially under the recently renegotiated highly favourable terms.“We have obtained exceptional value for Zenith shareholders, and I am excited about our potentially transformational development opportunities in the Republic of the Congo at Tilapia.“The Republic of the Congo is an enormously prospective hydrocarbon province which has proven itself to be a very supportive jurisdiction for junior, independent oil companies with ambitious development objectives such as Zenith. ”Andrea Cattaneo further said that the company’s technical team is making all the required operational preparations to launch planned drilling activities in well TLP-103C at the Tilapia oilfield.last_img read more

Aker Solutions secures subsea contract for Equinor’s Breidablikk field

first_img Aker Solutions wins subsea contract for Breidablikk. (Credit: Equinor ASA) Norway-based engineering company Aker Solutions has won a contract from Equinor for the delivery of a subsea production system for the Breidablikk development in the North Sea.The contract valued at approximately NOK 2.5bn ($263.2m), including options, envisages the delivery of four subsea templates along with up to 23 subsea trees and related components.Under the contract, Aker Solutions is expected to deliver its standard, lightweight vertical subsea trees, and its next-generation subsea control system Vectus, which is said to provide enhanced data and power capabilities.Aker Solutions chief executive officer Kjetel Digre said: “We are very pleased to see the Breidablikk project move forward, following the interim measures by the Norwegian authorities this summer.“The award demonstrates our competitive position in the subsea market and will lead to more activity at many of our facilities in Norway and internationally, creating work for hundreds of employees across Aker Solutions. We look forward to continuing our long-standing collaboration with Equinor in this project.”Breidablikk will be tied-back to the Grane platformAker intends to carry out the works related to the contract at its locations in Fornebu, Tranby, Egersund, Sandnessjøen and Ågotnes, with additional deliveries from Brazil, Malaysia and the UK.Located on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, in the north-eastern region of the Grane field in the North Sea, Breidablikk is a large oil discovery that will be developed as a subsea field with a tie-back to the Grane platform.Equinor and its partners Petoro, Vår Energi and ConocoPhillips have decided to develop the develop the field, which will an expected production of about 200 million barrels.The field is expected to produce its first oil in the first half of 2024. Aker Solutions will deliver four subsea templates along with up to 23 subsea trees and related components for Breidablikklast_img read more

Losses mount at Countrywide but ‘back to basics’ is working, it claims

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Losses mount at Countrywide but ‘back to basics’ is working, it claims previous nextAgencies & PeopleLosses mount at Countrywide but ‘back to basics’ is working, it claimsProfits have also halved at the troubled estate agency giant but its sales and lettings stock and pipelines are reviving, says Executive Chairman Peter Long.Nigel Lewis7th March 20191 Comment2,140 Views Troubled estate agency giant Countrywide’s losses widened during 2018 and both revenue and profit dipped significantly, its latest results reveal. The company has also warned that the fees ban will cost it £9 million this year.During 2018 Countrywide lost £218 million, a 5.5% increase on 2017’s losses of £207 million.Revenues dropped by 7% across the group including by 9% within its sales and lettings operations, while profit halved from £65.5 million in 2017 to £32.6 million last year.Revenues and profits at its B2B and financial services divisions dipped too.Its senior team have put a brave face on the company’s performance following the results, highlighting how its ‘back to basics’ plan is working.This includes beefing up its skills base, a 9% rise in listed properties for sale and to rent, and a 5% rise in house sales waiting to complete despite starting 2018 with a 21% deficit.“As a Group we are in a stronger position than we have been for some considerable time with sound business fundamentals and, despite the difficult market conditions we are facing, we remain confident in delivering our turnaround,” says Executive Chairman Peter Long (left).“We encountered market weakness in [the final quarter of the year] due to the further uncertainties surrounding Brexit which is affecting both our sector and consumer confidence as a whole,”.“These headwinds have continued into 2019.  As a result, we are experiencing further slow-down in residential and commercial property transactions particularly in London and the South.”It’s not been a good week for the company – earlier this week it received a huge fine for non-compliance with anti money laundering rules.Peter Long Countrywide final results March 7, 2019Nigel LewisOne commentAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 7th March 2019 at 7:01 pmWith the sales pipeline down by 20%, Countrywide’s first quarter revenue will also be down by a fifth, add the loss of revenue due to the lettings ban which will start soon, and then transparency on referrals, I think that unless 30% of branches close, by this time next year there may be no Countrywide.Also, Countrywide keep banging on about a 3-year plan, and a back to basics plan, which this sounds very confusing.A three-year plan sounds like a communism and back to basics sounds like the conservatives. I turn clients businesses around in 6 to 8 weeks, if I said I have a 3 year plan to cut your debt and increase your profit, most of my clients would rightly tell me where to go.I like Countrywide, because in 1986 one of their brands made me a manager after only 14 months in the business, but back then they had a structure, and a strategy and an identity, that made them unique.Also, most importantly, they sold huge amounts of property and their fees were sometimes twice that of the competition and they loved the fact that they were the agent of choice.Last month I personally called over 150 agents as an exercise for a client, in those calls I spoke with a number of Countrywide offices, and they seemed to have two voices, either condescending and in your face or disinterested and beaten, there were plenty of other agents who had the same voice also.In contrast, the agents who were market leaders in their areas, either corporate agents or independents, had the same voice on the end of the telephone, professional polite, non-pushy, and interested in what I had to say. Many of those were mature agents who clearly were loving their job, or young men and women who reveled in customer care.Maybe, the COO’s of this corporate should ring their branches, not to spy on their front-line team, but to understand that if prospective clients call and are greeted by negativity or a sales team who do not listen, then the business will not make profit.Sure, Proptech means only 7% of business comes directly from a telephone call, but if a branch has never made profit in the last 5 years, and by profit I am saying 28% gross profit on turnover in all disciplines, then maybe the front line troops are confused, badly trained and possibly in the wrong profession and the buck for that stops right at the top.Worryingly, when top management say we are not going to sell off part of the company, that is very similar to the PM saying I have every faith in a certain MP, which often as not is followed by the said MP resigning.My diary is a little busy at present and I am away in sunny Barcelona on holiday until next week, but if Countrywide would like some sound advice, I can certainly impart it, and they would not need to wait another 24 months to start turning around those loss making offices. And those vulnerable offices about to go the same way with sales revenue and other revenue streams about to be cut.As a point of balance though I was an independent agent for half of my 30- year sales career, I also did time for another corporate who recently posted profits, more than twice those of Countrywide.It comes as no surprise that all the managers and teams I was privileged to work with, were always on it, and the management teams through to the COO’s had a strong, strategy based on customer service.Also, though it was a corporate, each branch felt like a premier league independent agent, and had enough autonomy at branch level to make the customer feel the same way. And that is a very hard thing to accomplish.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Canadian Navy orders 40 Hammerhead unmanned surface targets

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Canadian Navy orders 40 Hammerhead unmanned surface targets View post tag: QinetiQ The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) has ordered over 40 Hammerhead unmanned surface vehicle targets and various payloads from QinetiQ Target Systems under a contract modification worth CAD$4.7 million.The order was placed under an existing five-year, $35 million framework contract with the Canadian Department of National Defence, awarded in May 2016, for provision of surface and aerial target systems.The Hammerhead, fitted with a variety of threat emulating payloads, enables ship operators to train against the piracy threat by simulating fast inshore attack craft. The targets can be controlled in large swarms to replicate a coordinated attack by multiple vessels.Peter Longstaff, managing director of QinetiQ Target Systems, said: “The Hammerhead is continually proving to be a cost effective and high performing surface target for the RCN and several other customers around the world. The RCN is a very important client for us and we are extremely proud to manufacture the Hammerhead in Canada.”QinetiQ Target Systems (QTS) was formed in December 2016, when QinetiQ invested £57.5m in the acquisition of Meggitt Target Systems. September 12, 2017 Canadian Navy orders 40 Hammerhead unmanned surface targets View post tag: Hammerhead View post tag: Royal Canadian Navy Authorities Share this articlelast_img read more

RAG bags swag on trip to Bath

first_imgLast Saturday saw Oxford’s RAG-Raid team take to the streets of Bath in aid of Link Ethiopia, an educational charity.The team of 42 managed to raise just over their target of £2,000, which will go towards funding clean water facilities for school children.Habiba Islam of Somerville College, who organised the day, commented that the beautiful weather highlighted the importance of Link Ethiopia’s work. “On that hot day, we were especially grateful for water. It made it clear how important clean water availability really is.“Everyone had loads of fun… it was a lovely day and couldn’t have gone better.”RAG Press Officer Rob Day wore a Robin Hood outfit for the day. He said that it felt “a bit like being a Big Issue seller,” but overall the public had given generously.Star RAG-Raiders were Abigail Brehcist and Isabella Mighetto, who raised £233.91 between them. They said, “We found the best way to raise money for a cause is to attract as much attention as possible: for us this meant being bright green, granting wishes and grinning manically! It led to a day full of fun and a bucketful of money!”Most previous raids have taken place in and around Oxford, but the trip to Bath allowed students to target their fundraising at a predominantly non-student community. The move paid off, as the Raiders raised more money in Bath than they would expect to raise after a day’s bucket-rattling on Cornmarket Street.James Love of Link Ethiopia said,  “A huge congratulations to Oxford RAG for raising the largest donation we have ever received from a UK RAG. The [money] will be used where it is needed most.  On behalf of the communities Link Ethiopia works with, thank you!”Oxford RAG has already passed its £50,000 target for this year and their next major fundraiser is Oxford Jailbreak in 9th week.  For more information visit oxfordjailbreak.com.last_img read more

CHANNEL 44 NEWS: Congressional Candidate Dr. Richard Moss Speaks About Campaign

first_imgAPRIL 1ST, 2018  MELANIE ZAYAS EVANSVILLE, INDIANAFor a second time, Dr. Richard Moss runs against Indiana Representative Dr. Larry Bucshon in the Republican primary for Indiana’s 8th district Congressional seat.One of the big issues Moss is pushing is eliminating the country’s massive debt and balancing the budget. Moss says, “It’s immoral to burden the future generations with the debt so clearly I like tax cuts but they needed to have with that cuts in government. I mean how are you going to pay for the government? I mean it’s very expensive to pay for government by borrowing the money and then paying it back with interest.”In an Easter tweet, President Donald Trump again called for an end to DACA, a program that helps kids of illegal immigrants. Dr. Moss does not support DACA either and would rather find alternate ways to restore immigration policies. He claims it as a national security issue. Moss says, “I oppose amnesty. I oppose chain migration and I oppose birthright citizenship. I would build a wall. I consider it a real scandal and a disgrace that sixteen years after 9/11 we have still not secured our southern border.”Dr. Moss also supports term limits on members of Congress. He says Congress was never meant to be a career but more of a service.  Ross adds, “We need to send somebody to Washington D.C.  that’s going to stand up to career politicians in both political parties. So term limits would be wonderful you know if we could term limit the President, we ought to be able to term limit congressmen and senators so I’m big on that.”Indiana’s primary is May 8th. To learn more about Republican candidate – Dr. Richard Moss, click here.Melanie ZayasMore Posts – WebsiteFollow Me:TwitterFacebook FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

$1 million awarded for transportation projects in Hoboken

first_img× HOBOKEN – According to the city, Hoboken will receive $1 million from the state Department of Transportation for infrastructure projects.“This is a significant upgrade from previous years, and the $1 million will be invested directly in our city through important pedestrian safety initiatives, road repair, and other projects,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla in an email to residents.“Governor Murphy and I spoke several times after our elections about the importance of investing in our transportation infrastructure in Hoboken, and I thank him and his staff for recognizing this need and allocating $1 million for our city.”last_img read more

Iconic detection for Fortress

first_imgFortress Technology has devised a new high-performance metal detector, ICON. It features a new touchscreen front panel, which has been designed to be ’future-proof’, as well as having the ability to be easily retrofitted to older models in Fortress’ Phantom series. The firm said the new detector delivers fast accurate detection of metal contaminants and detailed data collection. Information such as product configurations, reject and faults are stored in an onboard database and are accessible via a USB or wired ethernet. The new model comes with multilevel password protection, which controls access to specific areas of the system for different users.last_img read more

Supporting women’s success in academic research careers

first_img Read Full Story Researchers, students, and academic leaders from the U.S. and Japan recently gathered at the Longwood Campus to share experiences and brainstorm ideas for supporting and promoting women in academic research careers.The Advancing Women in Public Health & Medicine Symposium was held Sept. 15, 2017, at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center. It was sponsored by the Teikyo-Harvard Program, a long-running partnership that fosters academic exchanges and research collaboration in addition to an annual symposium.“I believe that this symposium will help enhance our efforts to achieve gender equity,” said Yoshihito Okinaga, chairman and president of Teikyo University, in his opening remarks.Addressing women’s unequal participation in the Japanese workforce has taken on greater urgency as the country’s birthrate remains low and its elderly population grows, said keynote speaker Hiroko Okinaga, Teikyo’s executive vice president and director of its Support Center for Women Physicians and Researchers. But Japanese culture has been slow to adapt. Male breadwinners working long hours remain the norm, and childcare can be difficult to access. Consequently, women’s employment goes down drastically during their prime childbearing years, Okinaga said.To reverse this trend, Teikyo launched support services for women researchers in 2013. These included establishing onsite childcare, employing research assistants, holding networking and mentoring activities, and creating checklists to improve gender equity in the work environment. As a result, she said, the percentage of female researchers at Teikyo increased by 4.7% over the past four years.In the U.S., women make up a substantial majority of students and postdoctoral researchers in public health, suggesting that most candidates for faculty positions in the field should also be female, said Meredith Rosenthal, professor of health economics and policy and senior associate dean for academic affairs at Harvard Chan School. This has not proved to be true, she said, although there have been some gains.At Harvard Chan School, women postdoctoral fellows are just as likely as men to get an assistant professor position — but they are less likely to apply. One reason for this, Rosenthal found, is concern over work-life balance. “We need to create a culture that permits people to be successful while having full and fulfilling lives,” she said.“Today was an opportunity to share ideas about best practices to promote women’s advancement in public health and medicine,” said Ichiro Kawachi, John L. Loeb and Frances Lehman Loeb Professor of Social Epidemiology and chair of the Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences at Harvard Chan School. “Although the proportion of women ladder faculty is twice as high in the United States (20%) as in Japan (10%), we still have a long way to go before achieving equity.”— Amy Roederlast_img read more