World number three Stan Wawrinka will hope to carry his good form on clay into the French Open second round on Thursday against Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov – a player who holds a winning record against him.Champion in Paris in 2015, third seed Wawrinka claimed his maiden title of the year in Geneva last week and has now won his last seven matches on the surface.The Swiss player’s claycourt season before Geneva had been far from spectacular, having failed to get further than the second round in Monte Carlo, Madrid and Rome.Wawrinka has never lost to a player ranked outside the top 50 at the French Open, but Dolgopolov, ranked 89th, has beaten him twice compared to one win for the Swiss.The 32-year-old Ukrainian, a former top-20 player, claimed his third tour title of his career when he won in Buenos Aires in February, on clay.But he has since failed to win more than two matches in any tournament.
STATE COLLEGE, PA – SEPTEMBER 16: James Franklin and the Penn State Nittany Lions prepare to take the field against the Georgia State Panthers at Beaver Stadium on September 16, 2017 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)Penn State freshman defensive back Isaiah Humphries is leaving the program, he announced earlier today.Humphries, a three-star signee in the 2018 class and the son of former Penn State defensive back Leonard Humphries, did not appear in a game for the Nittany Lions this season. He announced his transfer on Twitter.“After many months of prayer and thought, I will be leaving Penn State,” Humphries wrote. “I’m so thankful for the coaches and the staff for allowing me to come here all the way from Texas.“I appreciate everything that has been given to me and the relationships that I have made along the way. Good luck to the Nittany Lions on their bowl game.”Thank you pic.twitter.com/2B9wDdukoH— Isaiah Humphries (@TheHumphries23) November 28, 2018Humphries was the No. 34 safety in the 2018 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.The Nittany Lions finished the 2018 regular season with a 9-3 record. Most likely, they are headed to Outback or Citrus Bowl, but a New Year’s Six game isn’t out of the question.For more on PSU’s bowl outlook, click here.
An independent human rights board of inquiry has concluded that the owner of a Needs convenience store in New Waterford discriminated by not hiring back an employee following her recovery from an injury. Molly Marchand of New Waterford was unable to return to work following an automobile accident in February 2004 in which she suffered soft tissue injuries. When she approached Judy Burchell, owner at the time of the Needs convenience store where she was employed, about a return to work she was informed that her job had been given to a new employee. In her written decision, board chair Elizabeth Cusack found that Ms. Marchand had a disability as defined in the Human Rights Act and Ms. Burchell had failed to fulfill her duty to accommodate. “I find that the employer did not rebut the prima facie case or establish that accommodation was made to the point of undue hardship,” wrote Ms. Cusack. “In fact, there would have been no hardship whatsoever, other than the awkwardness of dealing with the fresh hire, whose longevity in the workplace was unknown compared with Ms. Marchand’s dependability.” The board chair has ordered Ms. Burchell and her company 3010497 Nova Scotia Limited to pay $7,329.51 in lost wages and $4,500 in general damages plus pre-judgement interest to Ms. Marchand. In her decision, Ms. Cusack raised a concern about the level of human rights knowledge of employers in the province. Ms. Burchell had testified she had a copy of the Nova Scotia Labour Standards Code but not the Human Rights Act. In her decision, Ms. Cusack recommends that employers consider a way of ensuring that all their employees and all managers have copies of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act. A complaint is referred to an independent board of inquiry when the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission believes a prima facie case of discrimination is made after an investigation by a human rights officer. The chief judge of the provincial court selects a board chair from a roster and the commissioners ratify the nomination. The decision on the complaint is then in the hands of the independent board. Evidence collected during investigation of a complaint is presented at the hearing by the commission’s legal counsel. The complainant and respondent can make submissions and question witnesses. The board chair then decides whether discrimination has occurred. All parties have a right to appeal decisions of boards of inquiry to the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal. A copy of the decision is available on the website at www.gov.ns.ca/humanrights .
New Delhi: One-and-a-half-years after ONGC bought a majority stake in it, Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) continues not to recognise the company as its promoter saying it will follow the government advise to list ONGC as a promoter only after receiving clarifications from necessary agencies. Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) in January last year bought the government’s entire 51.11 per cent stake in HPCL for Rs 36,915 crore. Following which, HPCL became ONGC’s subsidiary. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalHPCL management, however, has continuously refused to recognise ONGC as its promoter. In a regulatory filing HPCL made to stock exchanges on July 21, in the shareholding for the quarter ending June 30, 2019, HPCL again listed ONGC as “public shareholder” and not as its promoter. Just like the previous five quarterly filings, HPCL listed “President of India” as its promoter with “zero” per cent shareholding. ONGC was listed as “public shareholder”, owning “77.88 crores” shares or “51.11 per cent” shareholding of the company. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostSources close to ONGC said, IT company Mindtree recognised Larsen and Toubro as its promoter within a day of the engineering giant acquiring a majority stake, but HPCL has steadfastly refused to acknowledge its new promoter, ONGC. Reached for comments, a HPCL spokesperson said: “An advice (was) received some time back from Government of India stating that ‘President of India’ continues to be the Promoter of HPCL and ONGC is also to be shown as Promoter of HPCL below President of India. HPCL being a listed CPSE, clarifications /details were required from multiple agencies/ authorities to ensure compliance to various stipulations applicable to listed companies including Companies Act, SEBI Regulations etc.” “As soon as all the clarifications/details are received from concerned agencies /authorities, necessary amendments as required will be made in the regulatory filings after following due process. Till such time, status quo is being maintained in the regulatory filings,” the spokesperson said in an email response. While HPCL management has been unrelenting, Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan in written replies to questions in Parliament had listed the company as a subsidiary of ONGC. The government too has been treating HPCL as ONGC subsidiary and its headhunter Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) on June 17, called ONGC Chairman and Managing Director Shashi Shanker to assist in selecting the new Director (Finance) of HPCL. Sources said the chairman of ONGC, as a result of it being the holding company of HPCL, by rule was invited to be on the interview panel to select the director. Till now, HPCL Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh K Surana would sit on the PESB interview panels for selecting directors. HPCL Director (Finance) J Ramaswamy retired on February 28, and interviews for the post held by PESB on June 17 selected R Kesavan, who currently is an executive director in HPCL, according to a notice put out by the government headhunter. For selecting the director of a company where the government or its controlled company has more than 50 per cent stake, PESB panel interviews shortlisted candidates. The panel is assisted by the Secretary of the administrative ministry and the chairman of the company concerned. The Department of Personnel guidelines states that “in the case of subsidiaries, the full-time Chairman of the holding company is invited to assist the Board.” Sources said going by these guidelines, ONGC Chairman and Managing Director was invited to sit on the interview panel to select HPCL Director (Finance). “It is clarified that both HPCL and ONGC are listed companies independently managed by their respective Boards and the above issue does not have any impact on the functioning or the coordination between the companies. Synergy groups of the two companies are working to identify synergy areas, some of which are acted upon and some are work in progress. “Efforts are directed to ensure that no value is lost for the stakeholders and further value is created by leveraging synergies. HPCL has always followed high standards of corporate governance and will continue to do so in future also,” HPCL spokesperson added. Sources said the government had earlier this year asked HPCL to add ONGC as its co-promoter but the oil refining company sought to delay it by seeking further clarifications. While the promoter tag does not bring any specific privileges to ONGC, a lack of it keeps it out of insider trading regulations as it gets full agenda of every board meeting of HPCL and can be aware of price-sensitive information. According to the Securities and Exchange Board of India’s rules, the entity that owns the controlling stake should be listed as promoter even if it was not the original promoter of the company. When Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) had bought the government’s stake in fuel retailer IBP Co Ltd, it was listed as the latter’s promoter in every instance after the deal. The same was the case when IOC acquired a majority stake in Chennai Petroleum Corp Ltd (CPCL). Since acquiring a majority stake in HPCL, ONGC has only been able to appoint one director to that firm’s board. Sources said Coal India Ltd’s governance structure, which the HPCL management has so often cited to allow Surana retain the Chairman and Managing Director designation, even though there cannot be two Chairmen within a group, clearly provides for the holding company chairman to sit on the panel for selecting directors of subsidiary companies. Coal India is a holding company and has seven subsidiaries. The board of each of the subsidiaries is headed by a chairman and Coal India too has a chairman and managing director to head the board. But on PESB interview panels to select a director or chairman of subsidiary companies, Coal India CMD is invited.
BATTLEFORD, Sask. — A coroner’s inquest into a fatal shooting of a driver by RCMP in Saskatchewan has heard that a passenger in the vehicle told investigators the man wanted to die and pretended to reach for a weapon.Brydon Whitstone, 22, from Onion Lake Cree Nation, died after he was shot in October 2017 following a pursuit that RCMP say began when they got reports of a man being chased and shot at in North Battleford.Regina Police Service Det. Sgt. Pierre Beauchesne, who was the lead investigator in the independent probe into the shooting, studied interviews with the RCMP constable involved as well as the female passenger in Whitstone’s vehicle, Amanda Wahobin.Beauchesne testified on Monday that Wahobin said Whitstone wanted to die because he had said earlier he was unhappy with his life.She said he pretended to reach for a weapon during the incident, although she said “he had nothing” and no weapon was found on Whitstone.The independent investigation determined no criminal charges would be laid against the officer involved.Beauchesne said the RCMP officer involved in the shooting at first said Whitstone reached down to his left side, then later said he reached to his right, contradicting himself.The officer had drawn his firearm, and when he saw Whitstone appear to reach for what he thought was a weapon, he fired twice.One bullet entered Whitstone’s abdomen and the other his chest cavity.Sgt. Rob Zentner with the RCMP Major Crimes Unit in Saskatoon, whose team arrived the next day, testified Whitstone’s car had been boxed in by five police vehicles. The officers made many attempts to get the occupants out the vehicle, and he said police broke the driver’s side window of the car and ordered them out, but the two remained inside.Eventually, he said Wahobin was removed.Zentner said a live round was found inside Whitstone’s stomach as if he had swallowed it, and several other bullets were found on his clothing but no firearm.Six jurors were selected for the inquest. They will rule on how Whitstone died and make recommendations on how to prevent deaths like his in the future.Three of the jurors self-identify as Indigenous.During an afternoon break in the proceedings Monday, Whitstone’s mother Dorothy Laboucane, wiped tears from her face.Following Monday’s proceedings, Whitstone’s family legal counsel Stephanie Lavallee said while the Regina Police Service had investigated the fatal shooting, they are another police service, and that “nothing erodes public confidence and trust more than police investigating themselves.” A retired RCMP officer who is now involved in training members to use police cruiser video recorders told the inquest that at the time of the incident, only three of 18 police cruisers were equipped with video cameras.Only one camera captured a snippet of a video on the night of the incident but not of the shooting itself, Jeff Soroka testified.Soroka said all cruisers now have the recorders installed.The inquest will continue Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. and is expected to conclude Friday.(CJNB)The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — Two major Canadian unions’ support for Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro is rooted in ignorance of the country’s struggle for freedom and the plight of its downtrodden and abused workers, Venezuelan pro-democracy activists say.Major Canadian unions, including the Canadian Union of Public Employees and the Canadian Labour Congress, have criticized the Liberal government for backing Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido, the head of Venezuela’s legislature, as the legitimate interim leader of the country.Canada and Latin American allies in the Lima Group, along with the United States, have been pushing Maduro, Venezuela’s socialist president, to step down. On Monday European countries including Spain, Germany, France, Britain, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, the Netherlands and Lithuania added their voices calling for free and fair elections as soon as possible.They are supporting Venezuelan people who have taken to the streets in mass protests, blaming Maduro for keeping power through a rigged election and perpetuating the crisis that has wrecked Venezuela’s formerly oil-rich economy and forced three million of its citizens to flee their homes.In a statement, CUPE supported the Maduro government and called the Liberals’ support of the opposition akin to aligning Canada with an American plan to engineer “a coup d’etat.” CUPE declined further comment on Tuesday.The CLC said it is “alarmed at the escalation of international interference in the democratic process of a sovereign nation, including the possibility of military intervention.”Those words leave Rebecca Sarfatti angry and hurt. She’s been a pro-democracy activist for her home country since coming to Canada in 2001.“We’re talking about human beings. We’re talking about the future of a nation … It’s not about left or right, or politics,” said Sarfatti, a member of the non-profit Canada Venezuela Democracy Forum.Sarfatti said it is “absurd” that unions that are supposed to represent the rights of workers can say, “don’t bother Maduro, let him keep being a dictator.”“There’s people in Venezuela who are being abused, who are dying, or are being fired because they think different (from the government),” added Sarfatti.Political scientist Angel Alvarez fled to Canada from Venezuela four years ago because, he said, he no longer had the academic freedom to teach.The Canadian unions are undermining the international momentum that is required to force Maduro to step down and make way for peaceful elections, said Alvarez, who received his doctorate at Notre Dame University in the U.S. and was a department head at the Central University of Venezuela in Caracas.“I think that they (the unions) are biased by ideological prejudice about previous experiences of the U.S. intervention in South America,” said Alvarez.While he agrees the American history of intervention in Latin America has given rise to dictators and led to much bloodshed, he said the current situation is much different.“They do not take into account the current situation in Venezuela needs strong diplomatic pressure on the government of Maduro and the military in order to find a peaceful solution.”Hassan Yussuff, the president of the Canadian Labour Congress, said he understands how hard the crisis is for the Venezuelan people, and how important it is to find a peaceful, negotiated solution.“I’m not approaching this from an ideological (perspective). I can’t speak for others; I’m speaking for myself,” said Yussuff, who is also the president of the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas, which has members in Venezuela.“I don’t think you can separate the American history of military intervention and say this is different.”Sarfatti said the anti-American rhetoric is an outdated view rooted in the 1960s, and that it is insulting to Canadians and Venezuelans.“Canada has had the strongest voice and the leadership in this issue. The U.S. has joined what Canada and other South American countries are saying. It offends me when they say the U.S. is leading everything,” she said.“It is Venezuelans’ choice. It is Venezuelans’ struggle — and fight.”At the end of January, U.S. President Donald Trump’s national-security adviser John Bolton told reporters that no options are off the table in dealing with the situation in Venezuela. But a European diplomat who attended the closed-door talks in Ottawa on Monday said none of the discussion, especially with American participants, came anywhere near to proposing armed intervention. That included a 10-minute speech, via video link, from U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.“He made a very strong speech in support of Juan Guaido and what he’s doing, underlining the constitutional nature of what he’s doing,” said the diplomat, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks. “If anybody is leading the process at the moment, it’s Canada and Peru.”Ben Rowswell, Canada’s ambassador to Venezuela from 2014 to 2017, said the current crisis shows that in the 21st century true sovereignty belongs to the citizens of a country, not their state.“By remaining silent when the Venezuelan constitution was effectively suspended in 2017 and weighing in now in support of the Maduro government, CUPE has shown it believes sovereignty rests with states.”Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press
Tetouan – Morocco is proud of what it is doing in terms of receiving and integrating migrants, and will keep up this practical, humanitarian approach, King Mohammed VI said in a speech to the Nation on the occasion of the 63rd anniversary of the Revolution of the King and the People.Morocco, “which has long rejected the methods adopted by some to address migration issues and which have turned out to be a failure”, was one of the first countries of the South to “adopt a genuine solidarity-based policy regarding sub-Saharan migrants. This integrated policy, which is rooted in humanitarian values, is designed to make sure migrants’ rights and dignity are safeguarded”, the King underlined.As part of the implementation of this policy, the kingdom has regularized the situation of migrants “using fair and reasonable standards”, the Sovereign recalled, adding that the country has “provided the conditions needed for migrants to reside, work and lead a dignified life within our community”. The Moroccan Monarch challenged those who criticize Morocco to “provide migrants with something – if only a fraction of what we have offered”, regretting that a distorted approach to migration issues was adopted in the Mediterranean. “As a result, there has been no real policy to integrate migrants”, the Sovereign said.The King noted with satisfaction that migrants are “hardworking people, who are known for their good behavior, their commitment to the rule of law and their respect for Moroccan values and sanctities”.“Let me add, in this regard, that we are only fulfilling our duty towards these people, whose circumstances have led them to risk their lives and leave their families and homeland”, he added.This humanitarian policy has earned Morocco the honor of co-chairing, alongside Germany, the Global Forum on Migration and Development for 2017-2018, the Monarch recalled.
Razali Ismail, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Myanmar, made his comments at the conclusion of a five-day visit to Yangon, where he met with top government officials, including Prime Minister Senior General Than Shwe and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the General Secretary of the National League for Democracy (NLD).He urged both sides “to maximize and develop the existing channel of discussion” in order to begin a substantive dialogue. Mr. Razali recommended that the Government take steps to reconvene the National Convention “in a manner acceptable to all parties” committed to the reconciliation process. He made a similar appeal to the NLD as well as representatives of Myanmar’s other political parties, who he also met with during the trip.In addition, the envoy reiterated his call for the Government to release “at one time a very substantive number” of political prisoners by the end of this year. Pledging to continue to facilitate national reconciliation and democratization in Myanmar, Mr. Razali said he will return to the country early next year to assess developments.
“Despite the progress achieved to date, there are still nearly 60,000 people living in IDP [internally displaced persons] camps in vulnerable situations and in need of humanitarian assistance and durable solutions,” said Enzo di Taranto, Head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Haiti. Thanks to relocation programmes, about 96 per cent of the 1.5 million displaced people have left camps. Other humanitarian challenges tackled include the fight against food insecurity and cholera. Until late 2014, the severe food insecurity decreased considerably, and the number of suspected cholera cases reduced, from 352,033 in 2011 to 27,800 in 2014. In addition, national capacities for emergency preparedness and response have been strengthened. However, OCHA is alerting that since June 2015, it has noticed a deterioration of the humanitarian situation. There has been a resurgence in the number of cholera cases – over 33,000 in 2015 – challenging certain gains obtained in 2014. Also, due to the drought and the effects of El Niño, food insecurity has increased, affecting about 3 million Haitians. Meanwhile, the vulnerability to disasters and migration issues between Haiti and the Dominican Republic has also contributed to the degradation of the humanitarian context. More than 55,000 people, identified by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the border network partners, were deported or have entered Haiti in different ways. The UN says this number constitutes only a part of the populations deported or returned from the Dominican Republic to Haiti since June 2015. These humanitarian dynamics come at a time when funding for humanitarian action has decreased significantly, which OCHA said is endangering the important progress made to date and leading to a gradual withdrawal of humanitarian actors.“Haiti cannot afford to become a forgotten crisis,” added Mr. di Taranto. “Therefore, we call for a sustained commitment to ensure that urgent humanitarian needs are addressed while sustainable actions continue. In 2015, OCHA mobilized about $13 million as part of the Central Emergency Responses Funds (CERF) and Emergency Relief and Response Funds (ERRF). However, this is not enough to address the urgent needs of the Haitian population in 2016.” Due to the deterioration of the living conditions of IDPs, OCHA is encouraging the humanitarian community, civil society and the private sector to support the efforts to improve access to safe water, sanitation and medical treatment to displaced families, while waiting for the definitive closure of the camps.
Deswik has announced the signing of a cooperation agreement with RWE Power International RE (RWEPI – part of the RWE Group), which focuses on enabling long term growth in the overall application of continuous mass mining (CMM) techniques. The company stated that the partnership brings to the industry increased availability and capability of expert consultancy services worldwide, especially to the Australian market; as well as exclusive development of fit for purpose mine planning tools for analysis and planning of IPCC and BWE mining systems, including hybrid operations using combinations of CMM, truck and shovel, dragline, dozer and surface miner fleets. The new partnership will be outlined at the forthcoming IPCC 2013 conference in Cologne, from 13th to 15th October.Neil Tyson, Business Development Manager at Deswik notes: “RWEPI are the world’s foremost independent experts in continuous mass mining techniques – they are backed-up by RWE’s high capacity mining operations, where more material is moved annually on conveyors than anywhere else worldwide. The key benefit of our partnership is rapid generation of whole-of-mine schedules and value models that include mass mining techniques as well as conventional methods. This combination of rapid scenario analysis with leading expertise in mass mining system planning, design, and operation provides a new way of analysing the most valuable total mine configurations, and mitigating principal risks.”He adds: “The benefits of our partnership are already flowing to the wider industry as well – we are launching the first generation of commercially available mine planning tools for CMM applications, at the In-Pit Crushing and Conveying 2013 conference in October, and invite all those with an interest in CMM applications to visit our booth, and see the progress our partnership with RWEPI has made.”
OSCAR PISTORIUS HAS received “overwhelming support” from his fans, his agent said today, as he remained in custody in a South African police station charged with the shooting murder of his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.Peet van Zyl said outside the Brooklyn police station soon after visiting Pistorius that “a lot of fans” had sent their good wishes. Van Zyl said the support was “really on a global scale. South African fans, international fans from literally all over the world.”Van Zyl said he visited Pistorius primarily to discuss his running career and would not respond to a question about the mental and emotional state of the 26-year-old athlete.Pistorius broke down and wept at his first court appearance on Friday after he was charged with the murder of model and reality TV show contestant Reeva Steenkamp, who was shot multiple times in his house in the early hours of Thursday.“I am not going to comment on anything except that (what) is related to his athletics career at this point in time,” Van Zyl told reporters outside the police station in the South African capital, Pretoria.Van Zyl called Steenkamp’s killing tragic and said he visited Pistorius as a friend as well as an agent. “Obviously from a management side and also as a friend, it’s a tragic circumstance,” Van Zyl said, “and we can only give Oscar our support at this point in time.”The main point of the visit was to update the multiple Paralympic champion and Olympic athlete on his crumbling track career and the situation with his sponsors, which were now expected to step back from their association with the world’s most famous disabled athlete.Van Zyl would release a statement either later tonight or on Monday, he said, with exact details of the races and sponsorship deals that were now affected by Pistorius’ arrest and murder charge.He told The Associated Press yesterday that he had begun cancelling races for Pistorius scheduled for 2013, including Diamond League appearances and exhibition runs against fellow Paralympic champions Alan Oliveria of Brazil and Jonnie Peacock of Britain.Today was likely the first time that Pistorius was told about the cancelations.“The nature of my visit was on a professional manner to discuss his career and the plans that we had made for this year with the IAAF (world) championships in Moscow as the main goal for this year,” Van Zyl said. “We obviously just discussed the races and the contracts that had been signed and secured for this year and also to keep him up to date with regard to the sponsors.”Sportswear giant Nike and eyewear manufacturer Oakley are among Pistorius’ big-name sponsors.Suarez inspires rampant Liverpool against SwanseaBloodied cricket bat found at Pistorius home: report
Image: SIPA USA/PA Images OUSTED SOUTH President Park Geun-Hye was charged with bribery today involving millions of dollars over the massive corruption and influence-peddling scandal that brought her down.Park, whose impeachment was confirmed by Seoul’s top court last month, is at the centre of a sprawling graft investigation, which has also implicated top businessmen and brought millions of people onto the streets.The former leader, already detained at a centre near Seoul, also faces charges of abusing her powers and leaking state secrets, Seoul prosecutors probing the scandal said in a statement.“We have formally charged Park… with multiple offences including abuse of power, coercion, bribery and leaking state secrets,” they said after wrapping up the months-long investigation.Park is accused of colluding with her confidante at the heart of the scandal, Choi Soon-sil, who is already on trial for coercing local conglomerates into donating a total of 77.4 billion won (€63.8 million) to two non-profit foundations. People watch a TV screen broadcasting news about Park Geun-hye’s impeachment in March 2017. Source: SIPA USA/PA ImagesChoi allegedly used some of the donations for personal gain.Park is also accused of offering policy favours to top businessmen who enriched Choi, including Samsung heir Lee Jae-Yong who was arrested earlier and is also on trial for bribery.Prosecutors today also charged Shin Dong-Bin, the chairman of the retail giant Lotte Group, with bribing Choi and Park.Shin allegedly offered seven billion won (€5.7 million) to a sports foundation linked with Choi in exchange for a policy favour from Park over Lotte’s duty-free business.Dictator’s daughterPark, 65-year-old daughter of the late former dictator Park Chung-Hee, spent nearly two decades living in Seoul’s sprawling presidential palace, before the allegations of corruption engulfed her presidency late last year. Ahn Cheol-soo, the presidential candidate of South Korea’s People’s Party, is surrounded by the media during a presidential election campaign in Seoul, South Korea today. Source: Ahn Young-joon/PA ImagesThe scandal sent her once-bulletproof approval ratings to record lows with millions taking to the streets for months calling for her ouster, though she also had a loyal following from groups of mainly older rival protesters.Her father is widely revered by aged, conservative South Koreans who benefited from the rapid economic growth under his iron-fisted rule from 1961 to 1979.Parliament impeached Park last December and she lost her executive privilege – including protection from criminal indictment – last month when the Constitutional Court confirmed her impeachment, sending her into detention.The scandal also shed light on her questionable, decades-long ties to Choi and Choi’s father, a shady religious figure who wielded huge influence on Park from the 1970s until his death in 1994.Park is accused of leaking state secrets to Choi, a high school graduate with no title or security clearance, and letting her handle a wide range of state affairs including senior nomination.A number of former presidential aides are on trial for leaking confidential state documents to Choi or helping her handle state affairs allegedly on Park’s order.Park has repeatedly apologised for the upset caused by the scandal but never admitted any wrongdoing, blaming Choi for abusing their friendship.Her indictment comes as the country kicks off official campaigning for 9 May presidential elections to choose her successor.Park is the third former leader to be arrested and charged over corruption in Asia’s fourth-largest economy long plagued by cosy and corrupt ties between big businesses and regulators.- © AFP 2017.Read: ‘Believe me, it’s not over’: Protesters dispute vote that tightens Erdogan’s grip on powerRead: ‘All options are on the table’: Mike Pence warns North Korea during visit to DMZ Short URL Share Tweet Email1 Monday 17 Apr 2017, 5:39 PM 14 Comments 9,350 Views By AFP Image: SIPA USA/PA Images http://jrnl.ie/3344453 South Korea’s ex-president accused of €5.7 million bribe and ‘leaking state secrets’ Park Geun-Hye, detained at a centre near Seoul, was officially charged today. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 17th 2017, 5:39 PM
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram John Michailidis the CEO of Victorian biotechnology company Avipep, is confident when talking to Neos Kosmos English Edition (NKEE) that their products, “may be able to significantly enhance the treatment of ovarian and prostate cancer.” Recently Avipep was successful in securing a $2 million Victorian Science Agency grant to clinically trial new cancer treatments over the next two years. “Our initial focus is ovarian, prostate and breast cancer,” adds Mr Michailidis for NKEE. The funding is geared to support innovation and technological development in Victoria.His was one of the many companies in the highly competitive stakes. “Our proposal was products for ovarian and prostate cancer and about getting those products into the clinics,” said Michailidis. He emphasises the many years of research conducted on animals that have preceded the forthcoming clinical trials on people. One of the factors contributing to the success of the grant adds Mr Michailidis is the “close association” with major medical institutions that will be trialling the new drugs such as the Austin Hospital. He also points to the relationship Avipep has with major cancer research centres in the U.S. “We are very confident with the data we have seen so far in animal models, but I can’t say that because they, [the drugs], worked on animals that they will work on humans.”Avipep are a small company of seven people that was borne out of CSIRO research that extended over 15 years.Mr Michailidis is careful to emphasise that drug development takes a “very long time” and that while they will be working with human beings, if successful, “we hope be on the market by 2015.”
Wanted: tolerant landlords and eager advocates who recognize that there really is an affordable housing crisis underway in Clark County.A panel of local experts and an audience of about 150 concerned residents got together Wednesday night at the First United Methodist Church on Vancouver’s Main Street to discuss the lack of affordable housing locally. The conversation was free-wheeling, wide-ranging and passionate, but the overall result was a feeling that people are coming together to get something done. Suggestions included the building of inexpensive — and trendy — “tiny homes” for the homeless; the faith community opening up private rooms in private homes; and laws and rules to promote the construction of affordable housing and protect residents from rising rents and short-term notices to vacate.“Our housing market is broken right now,” said Andy Silver, the executive director of the nonprofit Council for the Homeless. Incomes do not match up with the costs of renting apartments, he said, nor with developers’ incentives to build more. Landlords are in the market to make money, he emphasized, which can mean buying and selling properties and raising rents with little warning to residents.The Rev. Dave Tinney organized the forum in response to what’s been happening at the nearby Courtyard Village Apartments. That’s a large complex that’s been in the news since December, when its new owner started notifying residents, in monthly waves, that they would have to leave or reapply for tenancy. Renovations are underway and rents will be rising, according to new owner Metropolitan Land Group of Beaverton, Ore., and new property manager Madrona Ridge Residential.The Vancouver community has responded with concern and donations to an emergency fund, administered by the Council for the Homeless, that’s already helped some Courtyard Village residents pay the ancillary expenses of moving into new apartments. But many observers — not to mention the tenants themselves — are also condemning the tight timeline and its effect on hundreds of low-income people with few resources and big barriers to finding another place to live.
Israeli soldiers and UN peacekeepers gather at the site where the Israeli army works on the Lebanese-Israeli border in the southern village of Kafr Kila, Lebanon. Photo: APAs Israeli excavators dug into the rocky hills along the frontier with a Lebanese village, a crowd of young Lebanese men gathered to watch.The mood was light as the crowd observed in real time what Israel says is a military operation — dubbed “Northern Shield” — aimed at destroying attack tunnels built by the Lebanese Hezbollah militia. The young men posed for selfies, with the Israeli crew in the background, as they burned fires and brewed tea to keep warm.But Lebanese soldiers were visibly on high alert, deploying to new camouflaged posts behind sandbags and inside abandoned homes. About two dozen U.N. peacekeepers stood in a long line, just ahead of the blue line demarcating the frontier between the two countries technically still at war.The scene highlights the palpable anxiety that any misstep could lead to a conflagration between Israel and Lebanon that no one seems to want.Underscoring such jitters, shadowy figures appearing across the misty hills of the border village of Mays al-Jabal last weekend sparked panic, and Israeli soldiers fired in the air to warn a Lebanese military intelligence patrol, according to Lebanese reports. Israel said it fired at Hezbollah members who came to the site to dismantle sensors installed to detect tunnels.Israel’s tunnel search comes at a time when the civil war in neighbouring Syria seems to be winding down. Hezbollah had sent hundreds of troops to Syria in 2013 to fight alongside the forces of Syrian president Bashar Assad. With Assad’s forces emerging victorious, attention now seems to be returning to the tense Israel-Lebanon border.Israel said its troops have discovered at least three tunnels along the frontier — a tactic used by Hezbollah in previous wars — and called on the international community to impose new sanctions on Hezbollah.The militant group, which fought a bruising but inconclusive war with Israel in 2006, has not commented on the Israeli operation or statements.Lebanese villagers smoke a water pipe and take souvenir pictures in front of Israeli excavators, in the southern border village of Mays al-Jabal, Lebanon. Photo: APLebanese prime minister-designate Saad Hariri said Thursday that neither Israel nor Lebanon wanted to go to war, but noted that Israel violates Lebanese airspace and international waters on a regular basis.He said the Lebanese army “will deal with this issue” after receiving a full report from the UN peacekeeping force, but did not elaborate.The peacekeeping force, known as UNIFIL, has confirmed the presence of tunnels and said it is working with both sides to address the situation in line with UN Security Council resolutions.In southern Lebanon on Thursday, Lebanese army soldiers observed the frontier in Mays al-Jabal, taking photos of their Israeli counterparts operating only a few meters (yards) away. At times, the Lebanese soldiers asked the young men to move back, away from the frontier.Ali Jaber, a 21-year-old resident of Mays al-Jabal, said he believes that Hezbollah is more popular after the Syria war, and that this is the reason Israel is now turning to it. “But whoever puts up a shield and is hiding and making fortifications must be scared,” he said.Hussein Melhem, a 19-year old electrician from the village, came to watch. His cheeks ruddy on a cold but clear day, he covered his head with a tight hood. He alleged that Israel is trying to change the border.”If they could occupy all of this, they would,” he said, in an apparent reference to Israel’s 18-year military occupation of southern Lebanon which ended in 2000. “But the resistance will prevent them.”As a seven-year-old in 2006, Melhem and his family left Mays al-Jabal when Israel invaded. His village was badly damaged but has since largely recovered and he said he found their home intact.It is hard to forget about war in the villages and towns along the frontier. Pictures of Hezbollah fighters who died in the 2006 war, as well as the one raging in neighbouring Syria, known locally as the “Sacred Defence,” are everywhere. Posts on town squares boast of defeating Israel or urge the locals to “know their enemy.”During the Syrian civil war, Israel has frequently carried out airstrikes in Syria against Iranian-allied forces, particularly Hezbollah. Israel says it aims to prevent sophisticated weaponry from reaching Hezbollah, which it considers its most pressing security concern.In Lebanon, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s warnings have raised suspicions that he is also using the tunnel operation as a diplomatic pressure card.Netanyahu has called for more sanctions against Hezbollah. In a visit to the frontier earlier this week, he warned that if Hezbollah tries to disrupt the search for tunnels, “it will be hit in a way it cannot even imagine.”In Israel, some newspaper commentators have been critical of the U.N. peacekeeping force, whose mandate Israel and the United States have unsuccessfully attempted to expand to include “intervention and deterrence.”About 20 kilometres (12 miles) to the north from Mays al-Jabal, Israeli soldiers are also operating along another frontier to uncover what they suspect is a tunnel location.There, a high concrete wall separates them from the Lebanese village of Kfar Kela.UN peacekeepers and Lebanese army separately patrol the area. Israel began building the wall in 2012, and this section was completed weeks ago. While graffiti covers the older slabs of concrete, water has collected under the newer segment of the wall.A UN peacekeeping force was working to clear the water after Lebanese residents complained it comes from irrigation drainage from the other side.
Obama Highlights Recovery in State of the Union Share in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News During his State of the Union address Tuesday evening, President Barack Obama did not make any substantial announcements regarding the housing market, government mortgage-backed securities, or the GSEs. However, “lower mortgage premiums” were mentioned, alongside “child care and sick leave and equal pay” as “ideas [that] will make a meaningful difference in the lives of millions of families.”Obama said his budget proposal is aimed at “middle-class economics,” with goals of “helping folks afford childcare, college, health care, a home, retirement.”However, in addition to mentioning the need for lower mortgage premiums, Obama also spoke of one American family who spends more on childcare than on their mortgage, prompting Jed Kolko, chief economist and VP of analytics at Trulia, to tweet in response, “Not a hard sell for lower FHA premiums.”Wall Street Journal journalist Joe Light tweeted during the speech, “Not much on housing in #SOTU but not much there could be. Housing needs stuff like wage growth to get going rather than legislation.”Obama did mention wage growth as he spoke of the overall progress of the national economy. “Today, thanks to a growing economy, the recovery is touching more and more lives,” Obama said. “Wages are finally starting to rise again.””The shadow of crisis has passed, and the state of the union is strong,” the president said early in his speech.The nation has experienced “the fastest economic growth in over a decade, our deficits cut by two-thirds, a stock market that has doubled, and health care inflation at its lowest rate in fifty years,” Obama said.Obama touted the past year as “a breakthrough year for America” as job growth outpaced any year since 1999 and unemployment fell below pre-crisis levels.However, not all agree with this rosy portrayal. “If only we could get more people to leave the labor force, the unemployment rate could fall some more,” tweeted Mark Calabria, director of financial regulation studies at the Cato Institute, a public policy research group. Barack Obama Politics 2015-01-20 Krista Franks Brock January 20, 2015 538 Views
in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Share With the national economy on cruise control, it might be easy to forget that some markets are clearly hotter than others. The latest look at “sizzling” markets from John Burns Real Estate Consulting finds seven high-demand, high-potential markets in the U.S. at the dawn of Q2. All but one are west of the Mississippi. Escalating home prices aside, Seattle is the hottest market in the U.S. right now, according to the report. For one thing, there’s Amazon; for another, there’s Microsoft. For a third, there’s business in general. Thirty-one publicly traded companies in Seattle have seen their shares increase 51 percent, year-over-year. Homes in the Emerald City have gained 15 percent on resale, year-over-year as demand and competition remain high. “Seattle also possesses less than one month of supply, the lowest of all markets,” the report found.A close second is Dallas, with a pro-growth attitude, no income taxes, and 2.4 percent year-over-year job growth. Competition for houses in Dallas is so high, Burns reported, that demand has “helped push home prices 65 percent above prior peak levels.” A number of new builders have entered the market, increasing competition too. Currently, Dallas builders are working on 734 active projects, second only to Houston’s 1,000 active communities and 15 percent above where Dallas was last year.But, a word of caution for these two cities: Seattle and Dallas have the most long-term risk among top markets right now, Burns reported. On the West Coast, Riverside-San Bernardino proved a survivor of the crash and has become a hub for commuters who work at coastal job centers. It’s also the market Burns says that will be the strongest for home growth over the next two years. The region’s tendency towards oversupply, the report states, is likely to not be an issue.“Rising Asian buyer appeal that has recently been fueled by nonstop China Airlines flights between Taiwan and Ontario,” Burns reported. The “Silicone Slopes” of Salt Lake City has become such a tech hub that Burns ranked the market the fourth-hottest in the country. Tech giants like Adobe are growing alongside smaller startups, and a strong jobs market fuels equally strong household growth. According to the report, Salt Lake employs 17 percent more people than it did pre-recession. “Strong demand has pushed home prices up 10 percent, year-over-year, and we project another strong year in 2018,” the report said.The only sizzling market east of the Mississippi, Nashville, is especially a hit for millennials and people looking for smaller homes. Unemployment in Nashville is a well under average at 2.6 percent, and jobs are 23 percent above their prior peak, the report stated. “This ‘it’ city has become a hipster and tourism mecca, given the countless honky-tonks and foodie hot spots,” the report said. “Builders and local municipalities have struggled to keep up with the growth. Cost creep remains a concern for local builders as fees and labor costs continue to rise.”Another California hot spot is San Diego, where an extremely tight supply has resulted in robust price gains for both new and resale homes. Double-digit employment growth for higher-income segments ($120K–$200K) helps offset some of the affordability issues. The city remains a draw for its growing biotech sector, San Diego’s diverse economy, and benefits from a large military presence. The final sizzling market on the list is, fittingly, where the sun rarely goes down. Phoenix, once one of the country’s foreclosure depots, now has a two-month inventory and sales totals second only to Atlanta, at 124,000 homes (new and resale). Permits are down two-thirds from their peak, but this, Burns reported, makes Phoenix easily the most affordable top market in the country. March 22, 2018 787 Views The 7 Hottest Housing Markets in the U.S. Affordable builders Construction Growth High-demand High-potential Home Prices homes HOUSING Housing Supply 2018-03-22 Radhika Ojha
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Walking distance from the movie premieres hosted in Westwood Village, the Hotel Palomar is fully wired for press junkets and embraces its “Art in Motion” theme with meeting rooms named after renowned film festivals—Los Angeles, Cannes, Sundance, and Outfest.To complete the experience, guests staying at the Hotel Palomar can dine at BLVD 16, the restaurant adjacent to the hotel. The menu features regional American cuisine and provides exceptional dining for locals and guests alike. The restaurant focuses on locally grown ingredients, and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday-Saturday, and brunch and dinner on Sundays.Hotel Palomar Los Angeles-Westwood is located at 10740 Wilshire Blvd. Introductory room rates start at $269 per night. 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