ArcelorMittal Train Derailed en route to Buchanan

first_imgA train belonging to steel giant Arcelor Mittal derailed on Tuesday, August 2 in the LAMCO camp, Bong County, about three kilometers from the boundary with Nimba County.According to information from the Nimba County town of Duo, the train was heading from Yekapa around 4 a.m. on Tuesday, August 2 when residents heard the harsh sound of iron clashing against iron from about 10 kilometers from the accident scene.They said a sharp ‘iron sound’ trailed the train’s movement, and caused panic among residents of nearby towns and villages.“The rubbing of iron from the rail, sent huge sparks like fire and it made us think that the train was on fire,” said a security officer, who was on duty the night of the incident.When this reporter visited the scene of the derailment, most of the bolts used to tighten the rail to the wooded bed were all broken from about 10 kilometers from where the train finally derailed.The train, marked 94, was loaded with iron ore in about 70 wagons, heading for the port of Buchanan. It was about 165 kilometers from Buchanan.Inspection revealed that about 16 of the center wagons derailed, leaving 30 wagons detached behind and 27 wagons attached to the locomotive itself.The 30 wagons were later pulled back to Yekapa, while the 27 managed to reach their destination (Buchanan) on the same train.The center 16 wagons, which derailed, were on the track, causing extensive damage to the railroad. A resident said this might take the company weeks or months to repair, and could likely hamper the company’s activities.There was no report of casualty, besides the large amount of wasted ore at the scene of the incident.The cause of the derailment has been blamed on mechanical failure, according to Public Relations Manager Hesta Pearson. She, however, did not reveal the cost of the damage so far.Meanwhile, she stressed to the Daily Observer that there was never a fire as reported in some media, adding that there were no casualties or injuries during the incident.“The rail operation will resume shortly, once the derailed wagons are removed from the rail line,” she concluded.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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CROOKED DOCTOR FACES STRIKE OFF OVER LAPTOP FRAUD CONVICTION

first_imgA CROOKED doctor working in Letterkenny General Hospital is facing being struck off after he was unmasked as a convicted fraudster.Nigerian-born Dr Alabi Emmanuel Gbadebo was found guilty yesterday of professional misconduct after it was discovered he brought an old, broken lap-top to a shop, claiming it to be recently-purchased and fraudulently obtaining a refund for it. The bent doc faced a Medical Council fitness to practice inquiry today where a panel heard he had deliberately concealed his pending trial for the fraud from the HSE in Letterkenny.And he also failed to notify the HSE after the trial that he had been convicted.The inquiry heard the Dr Gbadebo, who had trained and worked inBelarus, had been inIrelandsince 2003. He passed both Irish medical and general medical council exams.The panel was told that although the convicted fraudster had held some observer posts, he had not got paid work when he was living in Cork in 2008. He was finishing a thesis for a Masters, was under financial pressure and anxious to get work.He said he had been having difficulty with his lap-top. “I had to submit the thesis. The best thing was to change the lap-top.”Gbadebo bought a new lap-top in aCorkcity-centre branch of Argos for €599.99 towards the end of August 2008.However, on August 29, he brought his old lap-top, in the new lap-top’s packaging, to the Blackpool branch of Argos with the receipt and obtained a ’refund’ for it.“I was thinking I had to get the thesis done. I was frustrated. I was five years in the country and no work,” he said in mitigation. “I have a wife and three children.’’He obtained a distinction in his Masters and obtained work in Mayo general hospital in Castlebar in 2009.Garda Michelle Quinn, from Watercourse Road station in Cork, said she had viewed CCTV footage of the doctor fraudulently obtaining the ’refund’ and sent a report to Castlebar gardaí in February 2010.Gbadebo faced Cork District Court and pleaded guilty on September 28, 2010 and was given a four month prison sentence suspended for two years.But as the court case was pending, the crooked doc secured contract work inLetterkenny General Hospital.The hospital’s Human Resources (HR)manager, Patrick Murray, said he gave the doctor a number of declaration forms on August 20, 2010 advising they should be signed in the presence of a solicitor.One declaration Gbadebo signed was that he faced no Garda investigation or pending trial.Mr Murray told the fit to practice hearing: “On October 5, I got a call from the local Garda station. I was told Dr Alabi Gbadebo was convicted of an offence in Cork at the end of September.“I called him to a meeting on October 12. He admitted it and apologised profusely and sought leniency.”His contract was terminated due to the “significant breach of trust” even though there had been no concerns about his clinical work. The hearing heard he had not worked since.Gbadebo told the inquiry he had not read the declarations. “I was so pleased to have work. I said ’Let me sign’.” He added that he regretted not telling the HSE about the pending trial.The committee found three charges were “proven as to fact” and each amounted to professional misconduct.The Council will determine the appropriate sanction or sanctions and Gbadeo could now be struck off the medical register.CROOKED DOCTOR FACES STRIKE OFF OVER LAPTOP FRAUD CONVICTION was last modified: September 21st, 2012 by cassoscoopShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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