READ: Watanabe outclasses foes on her way to SEA Games gold“She doesn’t want me giving interviews during her matches,” said Irene. “She wants to keep it low key.”Irene was the opposite as she unabashedly gave pointers during the -63 kilogram final.“We can’t tell. There are many factors like the mat,” added Irene as the crowd counted for themselves to 20 seconds for the ippon win. ADVERTISEMENT Born in Cebu City and raised in a town near Mt. Fuji in Japan, Kiyomi is the third in a brood of five. Irene is married to Japanese Sinero Watanabe.The family transferred to Japan when Kiyomi was 10.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“This is the first time her father was watching, he also didn’t approve of her playing judo at first,” bared Irene.On Saturday evening, both parents were cheering for her at the sideline as she pinned down Orapin Senatham for the gold. She also beat the Thai for the gold two years ago. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Bond grows stronger for tight-knit PH poomsae team SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Kiyomi Watanabe after winning the gold in judo in the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Marc Reyes/INQUIRERKUALA LUMPUR—If her mother had the choice, Kiyomi Watanabe should be spiking volleyballs instead of hurling opponents to the mat.But Irene Watanabe, who used to play volleyball, said her daughter would secretly train in judo in school. She ended up becoming MVP and things were never the same again.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next MOST READ
New Delhi, Jul 18 (PTI) The government did not impose any penalty for violation of environment and forest clearances in the last two years, Rajya Sabha was informed today.”No penalty was imposed by the Ministry for violating conditions of environment, forest, coastal regulation zone clearance in the last two years,” Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave said in a written reply.He was asked whether the government has waived the penalty imposed on certain companies recently.The Environment Ministry had earlier this month termed as “incorrect” claims that Adani Port and SEZ Ltd (APSEZ) was spared a hefty fine of Rs 200 crore for environmental damage during construction of Mundra port and said it had imposed “more serious” responsibility on the firm without any cost limit.”The inference drawn by the news report is not correct. The present government has not cancelled fine of Rs 200 crore. This decision of the ministry is much more stringent than asking for Rs 200 crore from APSEZL…”…because here in this case whatever has been recommended by the Sunita Narain Committee for damage restoration and further conservation has to be borne by APSEZL which otherwise was limited to Rs 200 crore,” the Ministry had said in a statement. PTI TDS DV
Hardik Pandya thanked the fans and shared an emotional message on his Instagram feed regarding his injury on Thursday.Pandya, who picked up a lower-back injury on Wednesday during India’s match versus Pakistan at the Dubai International Stadium, has been ruled out of Asia Cup 2018 because of the injury.But, the all-rounder made sure that his fans are updated regarding the situation and took to Instagram to tell his fans about his condition.”All your love and support is going to make me come back stronger! Will keep you guys up to date on my recovery. Thank you,” posted Hardik on his handle.Also read – Deepak Chahar replaces injured Hardik, Jadeja comes in for AxarPandya getting ruled out of the tournament was expected as he was stretchered off the field during India’s Group A encounter against Pakistan at the Dubai International Stadium on Wednesday.Also read – Hardik Pandya goes down with back injury, stretchered off the fieldPandya had to be carried off on a stretcher after falling down in his delivery stride in after bowling the fifth ball of his fourth over.Pandya bowled well and he even got Malik to edge one behind the wickets but Mahendra Singh Dhoni failed to hang on to an easy catch.advertisementIn his very next over, Pandya was down on his back after bowling the fifth ball of the over. It was not clear what really happened to Pandya. He touched his back and for a while he appeared to have damaged his back. Shortly after Pandya had been carried off on a stretcher, BCCI tweeted to say the all-rounder had suffered an acute lower back injury.On Thursday, BCCI confirmed that Pandya will be replaced by Deepak Chahar in the squad. Axar Patel and Shardul Thakur have also been declared unfit to play and they will be replaced by Ravindra Jadeja and Siddharth Kaul in the squad.”All-rounder Hardik Pandya suffered an acute lower back spasm during the game against Pakistan and is undergoing treatment and assessment by the BCCI medical team. He will be unavailable for the remainder of the series. Deepak Chahar will replace Hardik Pandya in the squad,” a BCCI press release stated.”Left-arm spinner Axar Patel injured his left index finger while fielding in the game against Pakistan. He was sent for scans and the results showed that he had a tendon tear. He will be unavailable for the remainder of the series. Ravindra Jadeja will replace Axar Patel in the squad.”Right-arm pacer Shardul Thakur experienced right hip and groin soreness after the game against Hong Kong. He will be unavailable for the remainder of the series. Siddharth Kaul will replace Shardul Thakur in the squad.”Deepak Chahar, Ravindra Jadeja and Siddharth Kaul will join the team on Thursday.”
West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel will miss the first four one-day internationals against England after being suspended for the said matches by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday.West Indies and England will play a series of five ODIs from February 20. Gabriel was found guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct, for which he received a 75 per cent fine and three demerit points.Gabriel was found guilty of breaching article 2.13 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to personal abuse of a Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire or Match Referee during an international match, following an incident with England Captain Joe Root.On-field umpires Rod Tucker and Kumar Dharmasena and third umpire Chris Gaffaney leveled the charges.BREAKING: Windies bowler Shannon Gabriel has been suspended for the first four #WIvENG ODIs after being found guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct.https://t.co/nfh31jlPbLICC (@ICC) February 13, 2019During the afternoon session of play on Day 3 of the third Test, Shannon Gabriel was spotted having a heated exchange with England captain Joe Root and his batting partner Joe Denly. In a video circulating online, Root can be heard on the stump mic calling out the West Indies pacer for use of abusive language.”There is nothing wrong with being gay,” Root can be heard telling Gabriel after the pacer has had a go at the two England batsmen. While Root’s voice can be heard on the stump mic, it’s unclear what Gabriel had told the two batsmen.advertisementLooked as the umpires were nearby so they may have heard and had a wordSaud Ahmed (@saudi89) February 11, 2019However, Root, during the post-match press conference, revealed that Gabriel might have said something that the pacer would regret. Nonetheless, Root hasn’t reported about the incident to officials and suggested such exchanges should stay on the field.”Sometimes people say things on the field that they might regret, but they should stay on the field,” Root said.Level 2 breaches carry a penalty of between 50 -100 per cent of a player’s match fee or 1 or 2 suspension points. A guilty finding will also see either three or four demerit points added to the player’s disciplinary record.England wrapped up a comprehensive 232-run victory over West Indies in the third Test in St Lucia on Tuesday to avoid a whitewash in the three-match series which the hosts won 2-1.Roston Chase scored an unbeaten 102 for his fifth Test ton but his knock went in vain, after England pace bowler James Anderson ripped through the home side’s top order with three quick wickets.Chasing an unlikely target of 485 runs for victory on day four, West Indies made 252 in their second innings. Chase was aided by an entertaining 34 by tailender Alzarri Joseph, who slogged three sixes, but pickings were otherwise slim for the hosts, who crumbled again after scoring only 154 in their first knock.Also Read | Nasser Hussain applauds Joe Root for standing up against homophobic slurAlso Read | Nothing wrong with being gay: Joe Root tells Shannon Gabriel during on-field exchangeAlso Read | Shannon Gabriel has been the main destroyer for West Indies vs England: Stuart Law
Three children who survived the crash of a school bus full of students that swerved off a steep road in Tanzania on May 6 will arrive in Sioux City on Monday for treatment of their injuries.The crash killed 36 people, 33 of them children.The three children sustained numerous fractures and a serious concussion.They were treated in Tanzania by local medical missionaries, including Dr. Steve Meyer.Their flight is now expected to land in Sioux City by 2:30pm.All of their services and medical needs are being donated.Mercy Medical Center will conduct a news conference about the children and their medical care later this morning.
TRUCKS LOADED WITH PARTS TO CONSTRUCT A CRANE TO TAKE DOWN THE REMNANTS OF THE ANDERSON FARMS GRAIN ELEVATOR HAVE BEEN ARRIVING IN SOUTH SIOUX CITY.LT. CHRIS CHERNOCK OF THE SOUTH SIOUX POLICE SAYS THE TRUCKS FROM TERMINAL SOLUTIONS HAVE LARGE LOADS, SO COULD ONLY TRAVEL DURING THE DAYLIGHT HOURS:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/TRUCKS.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..READY FOR USE. :19CHERNOCK SAYS THE HEAD OF TERMINAL SOLUTIONS WILL PERSONALLY OVERSEE THE DEMOLITION:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/TRUCKS2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..DEMOLITION TO BEGIN. :20LT. CHERNOCK AGAIN ADVISES ONLOOKERS TO NOT BREACH THE POLICE TAPE AND BARRIER SURROUNDING THE DAMAGED GRAIN ELEVATOR:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/TRUCKS3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………CHARGED WITH TRESPASSING. :13TWO PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ARRESTED ON OUTSTANDING WARRANTS AFTER THEY WERE STOPPED FOR VIOLATING THE NO TRESPASS ZONE THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Lloris hellbent on ending Tottenham’s barren trophy runby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHugo Lloris is determined to end Tottenham’s barren trophy run.Spurs haven’t won a piece of silverware since the league cup in 2007/08.Lloris said: “This [winning silverware] is what we work for.”We know we are in the Premier League and there are a lot of contenders, big teams, big players, and that is why we are excited to be here.”We are in the most competitive country, so we keep working with the same mentality and do our best.”We have shown in the past that Tottenham is very competitive and we are reducing the gap with the best.”
Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Arnaldo Brown, has reported that 240 business meetings were facilitated at the 5th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference.He also noted that several investments will be coming into the country as a result of the links made at the three-day event, which ended on June 19 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, in St. James.“The 240 meetings were facilitated among 14 investors on 30 local projects. That is significant. Out of that, seven investors indicated that they were desirous of making equity investments in 17 projects, and have requested additional information from these project owners,” the State Minister said at the closing ceremony.“JAMPRO is going to follow-up with these (prospective investors), and the country will hear more about the investments. The future of Jamaica is extremely bright,” the State Minister added.He noted that some 600 delegates attended the conference, and reiterated that Jamaicans overseas are committed to their country.“The important story is not the size of the conference, it is the commitment of Jamaicans to Jamaica,” Mr. Brown said.There were deliberations on the soon to be published Jamaica International Migration and Development Policy at the conference, which among other things will seek to minimize culture shock and prepare migrating Jamaicansfor assimilation, so they can contribute to the development of both Jamaica and their host countries. It will also assist in tracking the number of those who will be joining the Diaspora.“Our objective is to prepare our people to deal with the challenges that they will face in different spaces, and to let them know that if things don’t work elsewhere, they can return home, anytime they are ready. We want Jamaicans to know that this is their home, and once you are ready to return, we are ready to receive you,” Mr. Brown said.Contact: Garfield L. Angus
zoom Nordic American Tankers Limited (NAT) has taken delivery of the first of two 2010-built Suezmaxes bought from an unnamed party back in July for USD 122 million. The first tanker has been renamed Nordic Light. The delivery of its sister ship is expected to take place during October.Following the delivery of the second tanker, NAT will have a fleet of 26 Suezmax vessels including two newbuildings to be delivered in August 2016 and in early 2017.”By adding two more ships, we increase the dividend capacity and earnings potential. We believe that our strong balance sheet, the dividend policy, well defined and transparent operating model provide NAT with a solid competitive position,” NAT said in a purchase announcement back in July.
More support is coming for Nova Scotians living with an acquired brain injury. An investment of $5 million will help fund initiatives recommended by the acquired brain injury advisory committee, an effort co-led by the Department of Health and Wellness and the Brain Injury Association of Nova Scotia. “Thousands of Nova Scotians live with an acquired brain injury,” said Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey. “It impacts people physically, emotionally and financially. This funding will support survivors and their caregivers with better programs, rehabilitation and co-ordinated care.” An acquired brain injury is temporary or permanent brain damage or dysfunction caused by trauma from an external force, or by a medical issue or disease. Over the next four years initiatives to support Nova Scotians living with an acquired brain injury include: This investment is part of a 10-year federal funding commitment of $286 million for initiatives related to youth, mental health, home and community care. Investments will also be made in key areas to: expanding the IWK Home First program to help children with an acquired brain injury transition out of the hospital funding for the Brain Injury Association of Nova Scotia to provide survivors and families and caregivers with more information, education and support improving access to continuing care programs for acquired brain injury survivors in their communities by expanding eligibility criteria enhancing support for caregivers of individuals living with an acquired brain injury expand integrated mental health and addiction services delivery for children and youth through school-based programs improve access to community-based mental health and addiction services (e.g. more mental health clinicians in the community, expanded crisis team coverage and improving the mental health crisis line) enhance continuing care services by providing additional supports through home adaptation and equipment loan programs, support for caregivers and expanded supports to First Nations communities and enhanced training for nurses and staff Areas identified for investment are aligned with the objectives and priorities of the agreement with the federal government. More details on specific initiatives for Nova Scotia will be announced in the coming months. The funding agreements are available at https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/corporate/transparency/health-agreements/shared-health-priorities.html .
APTN National NewsIs the federal government pushing an agenda to privatize First Nations land? The Department of Indian Affairs has launched a nation-wide tour of reserves on what officials describe as a “special project” aimed at improving economic development on reserves. Critics, however, fear that the feds want to swap Aboriginal Title for business opportunities. APTN National News Vancouver reporter Rob Smith has more. List of 65 First Nations communities selected by Indian Affairs for land privatization study:Draft Indian Affairs letter to chiefs outlining special project to study privatization of reserve lands
APTN National NewsIn a letter published on her website earlier this month, Ontario Conservative Senator Lynn Beyak refused to back down from controversial comments she made in April.Back then she said “some good” had come out of residential schools.As a result, interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose dropped Beyak from the Senate’s committee on Aboriginal Peoples.The letter dated September 1 is in response to the federal government’s decision to split the Department of Indigenous Affairs into two separate ministries.But Beyak used the occasion to defend her previous comments on residential schools, saying many people had shown support for her position.“A small number of aboriginals found the schools bad and a slightly smaller number found them good,” she wrote in the letter. “Only one in three Indigenous children ever attended them.“Very few were torn from their parent’s arms, but rather were enrolled by loving parents who were away trapping and trading for months on end, and who wanted to prepare their children for the future.”Beyak went on to say that the Indian Act was holding back Indigenous people.And that the 1969 white paper, which advocated assimilation into non-Indigenous society, “got it right.”“Trade your status card for a Canadian citizenship, with a fair and negotiated payout to each Indigenous man, woman, and child in Canada, to settle all the outstanding land claims and treaties, and move forward together just like the leaders already do in Ottawa,” she said.“All Canadians are then free to preserve their cultures in their own communities, on their own time, with their own dime.”Beyak also commented that the recent talk about removing John A. Macdonald’s name from schools and monuments is misguided.“Sir John A. Macdonald’s role in the founding of Canada is significant. There is no need for a divisive debate on monuments and statues, or buildings and bridges when valuable tax dollars could be used to provide clean water and decent housing instead.”Several people condemned her comments.“Senator Lynn Beyak is a paid right wing troll,” NDP leadership candidate Charlie Angus posted on social media. “She was appointed to the Senate by Harper where she lives off the salary and benefits of Canadian taxpayers despite having no credibility, competence or fitness for public office. Canadians deserve better.”Mohawk musician Murray Porter posted:“(Beyak) suggested that we trade in our status cards for Canadian citizenship cards and accept a payout and rescind our Native status!!’ I suggest that she rescind her ‘lifetime’ status as a senator and become a regular citizen without getting a huge salary for doing nothing!!”And in a statement to APTN National News, Indigenous-Crown Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett said she was disappointed. “I am deeply disappointed that Senator Lynn Beyak continues to provide these uninformed and simply offensive comments for issues which she clearly doesn’t understand,” she said in the statement. “What is also worrying is that she still won’t admit she has a lot to learn. Once again we suggest she sit down and listen to some of the survivors of residential schools. They have a great deal to teach her.”Multiple attempts by APTN to contact Senator Beyak went unanswered.Contact APTN National News here: firstname.lastname@example.org
VICTORIA, B.C. – The Provincial Government is introducing new legislation to bolster British Columbia’s employment standards.According to the Government, the changes will better protect children and youth from dangerous work and deliver improved support for workers whose rights have been violated.Minister of Labour, Harry Bains, says the changes are bringing back basic rights and protection for employees in the workplace. “When British Columbians head out to their workplace, they need to know their safety and rights are being protected in law. We are making improvements that are long overdue – bringing back basic rights and protections that were gutted by the old government.”The Government says these improvements directly address the priority problems identified from changes made in 2003 when protections for workers with legitimate complaints were weakened and children as young as 12 were put at risk of serious workplace injuries.The amendments will build on updates to the Employment Standards Act from last spring.The amendments incorporate recommendations from the B.C. Law Institute, as well as from the B.C. Employment Standards Coalition, the B.C. Federation of Labour, and feedback from workers, employers and the public.For more information on the changes to employment standards, you can visit the B.C. Law Institute’s website.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports today that its Flash Appeal for $201 million is now about 60 per cent funded, but said that more support is still needed.The UN estimates that about 40 per cent of the 2.4 million people affected by Cyclone Nargis have been reached with some form of aid from local, national or international agencies. Most of those reached are in the Yangon Division in the south of Myanmar, since they are in areas that are relatively accessible. However, UN aid officials remain deeply concerned that in the rest of the Ayeyarwady delta, and in the fifteen worst-affected townships, many victims have received little or no aid.OCHA estimates that relief efforts will likely last for at least another six months.In a related development, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced today that it will work with the Myanmar Government to open schools in cyclone-affected areas by 2 June. UNICEF said it would focus on damaged and collapsed schools which have not yet been reached by aid agencies.More than 4,000 basic education schools affecting approximately 1.1 million children were either damaged or totally destroyed, according to UNICEF, which says it is working with the Myanmar Ministry of Education to distribute repair materials to areas badly affected by the storms. Essential school supplies, learning materials and recreational kits for primary schools have also been distributed.“In any disaster affecting entire communities, the opening of local schools is an important step in the recovery process. Children particularly rely on their daily routines for a sense of security, including the routine of attending school,” said Ramesh Shrestha, UNICEF Representative in Myanmar.Across the cyclone-affected areas of Myanmar, UNICEF is providing 100,000 essential learning packages for affected children, text books for 150,000 children, 2,000 school kits for affected schools, and 200,000 roofing sheets and construction kits. 28 May 2008The United Nations is urging donors to turn pledges into contributions and to commit funds to the Myanmar relief effort without delay, now that visas for all international UN personnel have been approved.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Danica Kirka, The Associated Press Posted Jul 28, 2014 2:42 am MDT LONDON – Russia has been ordered to pay over $50 billion for expropriating what was once the country’s largest oil producer, Yukos, in a court ruling that said President Vladimir Putin’s government used tax claims to destroy the company and its CEO, a political opponent.Monday’s verdict by the Permanent Court for Arbitration increases the economic and diplomatic isolation of Russia at a time when it faces new, potentially painful sanctions from Western powers.The court, a body that rules on corporate disputes, said the Russian government owes the money — a huge sum, even for such an oil-rich nation— to the former majority shareholders in Yukos Oil Co.Moscow vowed to fight the decision, raising the prospect of a new round of legal battles as the shareholders seek to enforce the decision by seizing Russian state-owned assets in 150 countries around the world.They can attempt to seize any assets used for commercial purposes. That means that while embassies are safe, planes, art, commercial property, gas pipelines and oil rigs are not.“It’s the end of the beginning,” said Tim Osborne, executive director of GML, formerly Group Menatep Ltd., whose subsidiaries brought the suit to the court based in The Hague, Netherlands.The court said Russia had used tax claims to take control of Yukos in 2003 and silence its CEO, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, an opponent of Putin who had begun to use his vast wealth to fund opposition parties challenging Putin’s power. Khodorkovsky was arrested at gunpoint as he boarded a plane in Siberia that year and spent more than a decade in prison as Yukos’ main assets were sold to a state-owned company. Yukos ultimately went bankrupt.Monday’s ruling, one of the largest commercial arbitration awards in history, adds to Russia’s economic problems just as the U.S. and European Union are debating further sanctions against the country because of its support for rebels in eastern Ukraine. Though the country has ample reserves, uncertainty over the impact of the sanctions has seen economic growth forecasts plummet and investors are pulling money out of the country at almost twice the pace as last year.The court’s three-member panel, chaired by Yves Fortier, Canada’s former permanent representative to the United Nations, determined Russia was not acting in good faith to collect taxes when it levelled massive claims against Yukos, even though some of the company’s tax arrangements might have been questionable.The state launched “a full assault on Yukos and its beneficial owners in order to bankrupt Yukos and appropriate its assets while, at the same time, removing Mr. Khodorkovsky from the political arena,” the court said.The blunt verdict accusing the Kremlin of giving the go-ahead to crush one of the nation’s biggest companies contrasts sharply with earlier cautious rulings from other international courts, which were carefully phrased to avoid blaming the Russian leadership for destroying Yukos.The dismantling of Yukos and the arrest of Khodorkovsky were a defining moment in Putin’s rule.It was then that his government began to take back control of the country’s energy industry and sought to re-assert itself internationally as a force to be reckoned with rather than a crumbling post-communist shell. Putin most recently went on to assert Russia’s claims over Crimea, annexing the peninsula on the Black Sea in March, and to offer support to rebels in Ukraine’s east.But the wake-up call for the West began in the early 2000s, when Putin forged a deal with Russian businessmen who had created empires by snapping up the jewels of the Soviet state in oil, gas and chemicals. The Kremlin offered its protection for the oligarchs’ often murky deals. In exchange, the tycoons pledged to not meddle in government policy. Khodorkovsky was the only man who broke this rule.After his imprisonment, Yukos’ main assets were ultimately bought up by state-owned Rosneft, making it the largest oil producer in Russia.In Monday’s ruling, which was dated July 18, Russia was ordered to pay the damages within 180 days or begin paying interest. If Russia declines to pay, shareholders can attempt to seize Russian assets abroad.“We’re over the first and most important hurdle,” Osborne said. “It’s now a question of enforcing it.”The amount of damages, although half as much as originally claimed, is colossal — nearly as much as Russia spent on the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, the most expensive Olympics in history.Russia’s options are limited. Though the arbitration decision is final, it can seek what is called a “setting aside” of the award before courts in the Netherlands. The threshold for review is high, however, and lawyers for GML said they were confident Russia had no chance on that front.The Russian finance ministry said it would take that path, fight what it called a one-sided and political verdict in the other courts in the Netherlands.Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Russian authorities “will use all possible legal means to defend their position.”Leonid Nevzlin, the top beneficiary of a trust controlling GML that has launched the suit, told Ekho Moskvy radio shareholders would search for and freeze Russian assets around the world if Moscow doesn’t pay up.Nevzlin pointed at a suit won by a Swiss company, Noga, which claimed $1.1 billion from Russia and led to seizures of Russian assets worldwide in 2008. It eventually forced Moscow to opt for a settlement.Khodorkovsky, who had given his stock in Yukos to Nevzlin, said the ruling will make a “strong impression” on Putin, saying his lieutenants had sought to downplay the likelihood of such an outcome.“I’m sure that they haven’t told Putin how disastrous the ruling will be, and I’m very happy today,” he said on Ekho Moskvy.Though the case has been a decade in the making, the timing of its release is unfortunate for Russia, experts said. Between the crisis in Ukraine, the possibility of sanctions and the payment of a massive judgment on Yukos, investors in Russia now face “the perfect storm,” said Gianna Bern, who teaches finance at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.Bern said that while Russia could probably handle paying $50 billion, not paying could prove more problematic.“Foreign investors are going to be on the sidelines waiting to see how they handle this,” she said. “They will look at this and see if the Russian Federation respects the rule of law.” The main stock index in Moscow fell almost 2 per cent on Monday.Rosneft said in a statement it is not party to the litigation and it did not expect to be affected by it. It believes the deals to purchase former assets of Yukos “were fully legitimate.” Shares in Rosneft were down 3.6 per cent in trading in London.Monday’s decision is not the only one facing Russia this week. The European Court of Human Rights is set to rule Thursday on another Yukos lawsuit — one involving 55,000 shareholders that were not part of the GML group. This group includes $6 billion in investments by U.S. pension funds and other institutions.No one involved seems to think this is even close to over, with lawyers on all sides taking up positions.“The Yukos affair is likely to come back to haunt the Russians,” said Anders Aslund, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute in Washington and a long-time Russia watcher. “You don’t steal companies.”___Nataliya Vasilyeva and Vladimir Isachenkov in Moscow contributed to this report. Court orders Russia to pay investors over $50B for expropriation of Yukos oil company
by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Jan 7, 2016 6:39 am MDT Last Updated Jan 7, 2016 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Fewer people sought US unemployment benefits last week, suggesting that the job market remains insulated from the turmoil abroad WASHINGTON – Fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, suggesting that the job market remains healthy and insulated from the turmoil abroad in Europe and China.THE NUMBERS: Applications for jobless aid fell 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 277,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The less volatile 4-week average dipped 1,250 to 275,750. Over the past 12 months, the number of people receiving benefits has fallen 8.3 per cent to 2.2 million.THE TAKEAWAY: U.S. employers appear to be secure, even as the Chinese stock market is collapsing, oil prices are plunging and Europe continues to slowly nurse its way back to financial health. The relatively low level of applications for unemployment aid indicates that job growth should be healthy in the December jobs report being released by the government Friday.Weekly figures below 300,000 — a level not seen in the past 10 months — tend to correspond with strong monthly job gains. Applications for benefits are a proxy for layoffs, so the consistent lows for claims suggest that employers are holding onto staff and possibly looking to expand.KEY DRIVERS: Businesses expect their revenues to keep improving, increasing their need for workers even as the manufacturing sector copes with a broader global slowdown that has hurt exports abroad and turned the financial markets volatile. Employers have hired about 210,000 workers a month this year. And unemployment last month held at a seven-year low 5 per cent.A private survey from a payroll processor ADP released Wednesday said that the economy added 257,000 jobs last month. Economists expect the government employment report to show that roughly 200,000 people found work in December.BIG PICTURE: Consumers have kept the more than six-year recovery from the Great Recession going. Auto sales climbed last year to record levels, while home sales and spending at restaurants and online retailers improved. Still, low oil prices and weak international demand coming out of Europe, China and several emerging economies such as Brazil are raising alarms about a global slowdown.
Britain’s University of Derby will be hosting an interactive debate titled Mining: To dig or not to dig, which will address mining in the 21st century. The event will take place on March 14, 2016 between 17.30 and 18.30. Andrew Bloodworth, Science Director for Minerals and Waste at the British Geological Survey, will be arguing for mining and Dr Alex Stewart, formerly from Public Health England, will argue against mining.The debate will form part of the launch of a new Master of Science (MSc) in Environmental Assessment and Control. The course will provide knowledge and understanding of contaminated land and freshwater environments and review management policies and strategies to achieve effective governance.Professor Aradhana Mehra, Head of Conservation Biology and Ecosystems at the University of Derby, said: “The controversial issue of mining being debated here serves as an excellent taster for what the new Masters has to offer in terms of the understanding of contamination of land and water, and strategies for its prevention and control.”The course will provide a learning approach suitable for recent graduates seeking a full-time study approach, and mature students in current employment as a part-time route to suit their time commitments.Ahead of the event, Bloodworth said: “Mining will remain the dominant provider of metals needed to meet the rising demand from a growing and increasingly aspirational global population. At the same time, we will also need large quantities of metals to manufacture the new energy, transport and digital technologies we require to migrate to a low carbon economy.“Despite its poor past record, the environmental footprint of the modern mining industry is significantly reduced by effective monitoring, management and mitigation of contamination of air, water and land.”Stewart added: “Mining has been and continues to be contentious. While providing essential contributions to lifestyle and the economy, it can blight not only the lives of miners and their families but also the wider community through environmental contamination and significant health impacts.“This debate will explore some of the important issues around mining, offering a taster of the wide range of issues, attitudes and outcomes that make an understanding of, and practical involvement in, environmental assessment and control exciting, timely and essential.”To find out more and book your place on the event, go to: www.derby.ac.uk/mining
SIMON COWELL HAS taken over television screens and radio airwaves around the world. Now he’s taking aim at the Internet.Cowell’s Syco Entertainment empire and YouTube announced Thursday that they are launching “The You Generation,” a global online talent contest that is seeking entries from people with “unconventional and original talents” — from musicians and photographers to makeup artists, magicians and chefs.You GenerationSyco says the contest, which starts next month and is due to run for a year, will seek auditions in a different category of talent every two weeks. Entrants can upload their pieces on a dedicated YouTube channel, to be viewed by the public and judged by professionals associated with Syco.There will be prizes — exactly what they are has yet to be announced — every fortnight and a grand prize at the end of the year.Syco calls the initiative an experiment aimed at discovering new talent. It’s the company’s bid to tap the power of social media, which has launched millions of wannabe celebrities — and some genuine stars, including Justin Bieber.You Generation will be available in 15 languages and 26 countries around the world.Syco is a joint venture between Sony Music and Cowell, the entertainment mogul who became a household name as an acerbic judge on TV talent shows. Syco’s projects include the “X Factor” and “Got Talent” TV shows in the US and Britain, and its music acts range from Susan Boyle to One Direction.Read: The Dredge: Simon Cowell is your new action hero>Read: X Factor returns: 6 of the show’s most painfully embarrassing moments>
http://jrnl.ie/3240085 Share209 Tweet Email Image: Mark Lennihan AP/Press Association Images 21,577 Views By AFP A JURY HAS today convicted a man of the kidnapping and murder of a six-year-old boy almost 40 years ago in New York in a case that still haunts US parents and changed how child abductions are handled.Etan Patz vanished after leaving his parents’ home in Manhattan to walk alone for the first time to the school bus stop on 25 May, 1979.His parents only discovered he was missing after he failed to come home from school at the end of the day. His body has never been found.Pedro Hernandez, who was 18 years old at the time and worked at a convenience store near the bus stop, was convicted at the end of a second trial, held after a jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict in 2015.“He was convicted on one count of murder in the second degree and one count of kidnapping in the 1st degree,” a spokesman for the district attorney’s office in Manhattan confirmed to AFP.The jury had spent nine days deliberating at the State Supreme Court in Manhattan before reaching their decision. Etan Patz’ father Stan in court today Source: Richard Drew AP/Press Association ImagesHernandez, 56, is to be sentenced on 28 February, said a clerk to Judge Maxwell Wiley, who presided over both trials.Wiley was forced to declare a mistrial in May 2015 after the first jury informed him they could not agree to acquit or convict him after three weeks of deliberations.Hernandez has been in custody since 2012 when he confessed to police that he killed Etan in the basement of the convenience store before dumping his body out with the trash.He later retracted his confession and pleaded not guilty when the first trial opened in January 2015.But that jury reached deadlock when just one person on the 12-member panel refused to convict Hernandez.The dissenting juror said he was swayed by arguments over Hernandez’s poor mental health and described the accused’s confession as “very bizarre no matter how many times it happened.”Etan’s disappearance awakened Americans to the dangers of child abduction and fueled a generation of hyper-vigilant child rearing by parents terrified of letting their offspring out of their sight.The defense had argued that Hernandez had an IQ of 70, which would put him in the bottom two percent of the population, and said that convicted sex offender Jose Ramos was the real culprit.Prosecutors fought hard to build a case despite having no physical evidence to tie Hernandez to the crime. Pedro Hernandez was found guilty today of the murder of Etan Patz. Source: Louis Lanzano AP/Press Association Images“The disappearance of Etan Patz haunted families in New York and across the country for nearly four decades,” said Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance.“It is my hope that today’s verdict provides the Patz family with the closure they so desperately deserve,” he added.“This case will no longer be remembered as one of the city’s oldest and most painful unsolved crimes.”Etan’s father Stan was a photographer and his pictures of Etan were the first of a missing child featured on milk cartons as part of a national search.In 1983, then US president Ronald Reagan declared the anniversary of his disappearance National Missing Children’s Day.Etan was declared legally dead in 2001.- © AFP, 2017 Read: Wife and stepson of KKK leader charged with his murderRead: ‘Taunts and lies’: Why the Adrian Donohoe case is a personal mission for gardaí 5 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Tuesday 14 Feb 2017, 8:43 PM Image: Mark Lennihan AP/Press Association Images Feb 14th 2017, 8:43 PM Short URL New York jury finds man guilty of killing six-year-old boy in 1979 Etan Patz was walking to school on his own for the first time when he disappeared in May 1979.