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Officials say 57 dead in Brazil prison riot 16 decapitated Officials

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first_imgRio De Janeiro: At least 57 prisoners have been killed by other inmates during clashes between organized crime groups in the Altamira prison in northern Brazil with 16 of the victims being decapitated, according to prison officials. Para state prison authorities said on Monday a fight erupted around 7 a.m. between the Rio de Janeiro-based Comando Vermelho and a local criminal group known as Comando Classe A. “Leaders of the (Comando Classe A) set fire to a cell belonging to one of the prison’s pavilions, where members of the (Comando Vermelho) were located,” the statement read. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US State prisons chief Jarbas Vasconcelos said the fire had spread rapidly with inmates held in old container units that had been adapted for the prison while another building is under construction. The fire prevented police forces from entering the building for several hours, he told a news conference. Two prison staff members were held hostage, but eventually released. “It was a targeted attack. The aim was to show that it was a settling of accounts between the two groups, not a protest or rebellion against the prison system,” Vasconcelos said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls Authorities have not found any firearms following the riot, only makeshift knives. Prison authorities said 46 inmates will be transferred to other prisons, 10 of which will go to stricter federal facilities. President Jair Bolsonaro was elected on the promise of curbing widespread violence in Brazil, including in the country’s often overcrowded, out-of-control prisons. The Associated Press obtained a July 2019 report from the National Justice Council that it says was filed by a local judge in charge of the facility, showing that the prison had 343 detainees for a maximum capacity of 163. Yet Vasconcelos said the situation did not meet the official requirements to be considered overcrowded. “It is not a unit that has a prison overcrowding, we consider overcrowding when it exceeds 210 per cent,” Vasconcelos said during the press conference. The judge who filed the report described the overall state of the prison in the city of Altamira as “terrible.” In many of Brazil’s prisons, badly outnumbered guards struggle to retain power over an ever-growing population of inmates who are able to run criminal activities from behind bars. The killings echoed those of 55 inmates who died in a series of riots in May in several prisons in the neighbouring state of Amazonas. In early 2017, more than 120 inmates died in prisons across several northern states when rival gangs clashed over control of drug-trafficking routes in the region. The violence lasted several weeks, spreading to various states. Para state authorities spent the afternoon in Altamira, drafting a security plan to avoid possible retaliations in the region. Police forces from the nearby municipality of Santerem were sent as reinforcement in the coming weeks. Prison authorities said they had not received any prior intelligence reports of an upcoming attack. The prison is run directly by the state, not a third-party private operator as in the Manaus prisons where the riots took place in May. Last year, inmates had already set fire to another wing inside the same prison unit, according to the state prosecutors’ office. (AP)last_img read more

QUEBECOR MAKES 100000 DONATION TO MAISON RENÉLÉVESQUE

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first_img“In addition to his vitally important contribution to the development of modern Québec, René Lévesque played a prominent role as a Journal de Montréal columnist from 1970 to 1976,” noted Pierre Karl Péladeau, President and CEO of Quebecor. “It was therefore natural for us to support the Fondation de la Maison René-Lévesque and pay tribute to this man, an exemplar of self-affirmation who was proud of his language and his roots. We hope that Espace René-Lévesque will long inspire future generations.”Quebecor has been supporting the Fondation René-Lévesque for more than 10 years. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twittercenter_img Advertisement Facebook About QuebecorQuebecor, a Canadian leader in telecommunications, entertainment, news media and culture, is one of the best-performing integrated communications companies in the industry. Driven by their determination to deliver the best possible customer experience, all of Quebecor’s subsidiaries and brands are differentiated by their high-quality, multiplatform, convergent products and services.Québec-based Quebecor (TSX: QBR.A, QBR.B) employs more than 10,000 people in Canada.A family business founded in 1950, Quebecor is strongly committed to the community. Every year, it actively supports more than 400 organizations in the vital fields of culture, health, education, the environment and entrepreneurship.Visit our website: www.quebecor.comFollow us on Twitter: twitter.com/Quebecor MONTRÉAL, June 26, 2018 – In keeping with its commitment to protecting and presenting Québec’s historical heritage, Quebecor today announced a major $100,000 donation to the Fondation de la Maison René-Lévesque, an organization dedicated to supporting the Espace René-Lévesque site in René Lévesque’s home town of New Carlisle, Québec. Starting today, visitors to the facility can tour a pavilion and follow an outdoor trail celebrating René Lévesque’s life, his political legacy and his imprint on Québec’s history.last_img read more

Indigenous Affairs having second thoughts about not counting fires on reserve

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first_imgDennis WardAPTN National NewsFire has claimed hundreds of lives on reserves across the country.The causes can be attributed to substandard housing, overcrowded conditions or any number of problems that plague some First Nation communities.In 2010 the federal government stopped keeping track about the number of people who die in those fires.Now, there seems to be a change of heart.dward@aptn.calast_img

3 US banks post higher profits with huge assist from tax law

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first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Three of America’s biggest banks reported higher profits Friday, with a huge assist from the tax law passed late last year.JPMorgan reported a record quarterly profit, while Citigroup and Wells Fargo topped analyst expectations.Banks are expected to be major beneficiaries of the tax overhaul, which sharply lowered corporate tax rates. Comparing each of the effective tax rates from last year to this year, the three Wall Street banks that reported earnings Friday appeared to have saved roughly $1.6 billion altogether.The first-quarter earnings season will give investors and the public their first good look into how President Trump’s tax law is impacting Corporate America. Publicly traded banks are the first major industry to report their results each quarter.Net income at JPMorgan Chase, the nation’s largest bank by assets and deposits, rose 35 per cent to $8.71 billion. The result was primarily driven by two factors: higher interest rates, which have allowed banks such as JPMorgan to charge more for customers to borrow, and the lower corporate tax rate.However, JPMorgan had to set aside more money to cover bad loans in its consumer bank, where delinquencies have been steadily edging higher. JPMorgan shares fell 2.7 per cent, while shares of Wells Fargo slipped 3.4 per cent and Citigroup shares dropped 1.6 per cent.While JPMorgan’s pretax income rose by $2 billion in the quarter, the company said it effectively paid $240 million less in taxes compared to a year earlier. The bank paid an effective tax rate of 18.3 per cent in the quarter, compared with a rate of 22.7 per cent a year earlier. Before the changes to tax law, JPMorgan’s effective tax rate averaged in the high 20-per cent range.JPMorgan Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon has been a big promoter of the tax overhaul, saying it would be good for businesses as well as average Americans. Soon after President Donald Trump signed the law into place, the bank announced higher salaries for most of its retail bank employees, and said it would open branches in a handful of new markets. It also announced an expansion of small business lending.“The global economy continues to do well, and we remain optimistic about the positive impact of tax reform in the U.S. as business sentiment remains upbeat, and consumers benefit from job and wage growth,” Dimon in a statement.Other bank executives were just as optimistic when speaking about the tax law’s impact. Citigroup Chief Financial Officer John Gerspach told reporters Friday that businesses had only begun taking advantage of the changes.“I think the best is yet to come,” he said.Rising interest rates helped JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup, but not Wells Fargo, which continues to struggle under the weight of several scandals and investigations. Wells disclosed as part of its earnings that they may have to pay as much as $1 billion to federal regulators to settle investigations being conducted by financial regulatory agencies.The Federal Reserve has been steadily raising interest rates for more than two years. Net interest income at JPMorgan was $13.3 billion, up 10 per cent from a year earlier. At Citigroup, net interest revenues were $16.33 billion, up 12 per cent from a year earlier. Wells Fargo reported a slight decline in interest income.JPMorgan’s investment bank also had a solid quarter, helped by much more volatile and active markets last quarter. Net income in the investment bank was $3.97 billion, up from $3.24 billion a year earlier.There were some concerns about JPMorgan’s credit quality, however. The bank had to set aside more money to cover potentially bad loans, and the bank’s total charge-off rate — the percentage of loans it expects are not likely to be repaid — climbed to 1.20 per cent of all loans. That compares to 1.07 per cent of loans in the second quarter of 2017.Citi also had to add to its loan-loss reserves, and reported an 8 per cent increase in its total credit losses in the quarter.JPMorgan’s quarterly revenue was $28.52 billion, up from $25.85 billion. On a per-share basis, JPMorgan earned $2.37 a share, up from $1.65 per share, beating analysts’ forecasts.Citigroup reported a profit of $4.62 billion, or $1.68 a share, compared with a profit of $4.09 billion, or $1.35 per share, in the same period a year earlier. The results beat analysts’ forecasts for earnings of $1.61 a share, according to FactSet. It was the largest quarterly profit that Citi has reported since 2015.Wells reported first-quarter earnings of $5.9 billion, or $1.12 per share, topping Wall Street’s per-share expectations by 6 cents, according to a FactSet survey, That profit exceeds last year’s $5.46 billion, or $1.03 per share, in profit.Wells paid $1.37 billion in taxes in the first quarter, about 36 per cent less than the $2.13 billion it paid last year.___Ken Sweet covers banks and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for The Associated Press. Follow him on Twitter at @kensweet.last_img read more

SecretaryGeneral welcomes release of UN staffer held in Pakistan

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John Solecki, who heads the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Quetta, in Balochistan province, was abducted in an attack on 2 February that also left another colleague, Syed Hashim, dead. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, the Secretary-General said that he is “grateful to all those who have tried over the past two months to help secure John Solecki’s release, and would like in particular to express his appreciation for the strong message made by Balochi leaders in support of his release, as well as efforts made by the Government of Pakistan.” Mr. Ban also reaffirmed the UN’s continued commitment to help all Pakistani people, a dedication manifested in Mr. Solecki’s own work. Addressing reporters following a meeting with French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner in Paris, he thanked President Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan and President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, along with many others, for their tireless work in securing Mr. Solecki’s release. But the Secretary-General noted that Robert Fowler, his Special Envoy for Niger, is still missing following his kidnapping last December. “I sincerely hope that the captors, whoever they may be, should immediately, without any conditions, release him as soon as possible,” he said. During Mr. Solecki’s captivity, the world body had expressed its concern on many occasions regarding his health, given that he suffers from multiple health conditions requiring ongoing treatment. A group known as the Balochistan Liberation United Front claimed to be holding him, demanding the release of people it says are in Pakistani custody. 4 April 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed his happiness at the safe release of a United Nations staff member who was abducted in Pakistan two months ago, voicing his appreciation for the efforts of Government officials and others in securing his release. read more

China says Hambantota Port has great potential for expansion

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In a statement released in Hong Kong it was announced that CMPort will agree to invest an amount of up to USD1,120.00 million (equivalent to approximately HKD8,736.00 million) into Hambantota Port and Hambantota port and marine-related activities, of which the total amount to be paid to SLPA for the acquisition of the 85% issued share capital of HIPG shall be USD973.658 million (equivalent to approximately HKD7,594.53 million) (and HIPG shall use a portion of such amount to acquire 58% issued share capital of HIPS) and the remaining USD146.342 million (equivalent to approximately HKD1,141.47 million) shall be deposited into a bank account in the name of the Company in Sri Lanka and will be utilised for such Hambantota port and marine-related activities as may be agreed with GOSL within one year from the final payment of capital injection in HIPG and the Company shall be entitled to repatriate any amounts in the bank account at the expiration of such one year period if no agreement has been reached with GOSL for the use of such funds. Pursuant to the Concession Agreement, SLPA and GOSL will grant (i) to HIPG, the sole and exclusive right to develop, operate and manage the Hambantota Port and (ii) to HIPS, the sole and exclusive right to develop, operate and manage the Common User Facilities, for the operation of the Hambantota Port. The term of the Concession Agreement shall commence on the Concession Agreement Effective Date of 99 years. During the first 15 years from the Concession Agreement Effective Date, SLPA and GOSL shall ensure that there shall be no, and shall not obtain any fresh tenders, granting any right to any third party, or discuss, negotiate or entering into any arrangement or agreement with any third party in relation to the development of any port/terminal development directly in competition with the port services and activities carried out at the Hambantota Port within 100 km perimeter from the periphery of the Hambantota Port. China says the Hambantota Port has great potential for future expansion, with its hinterland covering the South Asia and East Africa, and as a maritime hub in the region.The Board of China Merchants Port Holdings Company Limited announced in Hong Kong that, on 25th July 2017, CMPort, Sri Lanka Ports Authority (“SLPA”), the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (“GOSL”), Hambantota International Port Group (Private) Limited (“HIPG”) and Hambantota International Port Services Company (Private) Limited (“HIPS”) have agreed on the terms of the Concession Agreement in relation to the development, management and operation of the Hambantota Port. China Merchants Group Limited has rich experience and resources in implementing the “Port + Park + City” Model (e.g. Shekou, Zhangzhou). The significant landmass of the project (approximately 11.5km2 port area) gives leeway for the Company to implement and capitalize on the said model to add substantial value to the port operations and development. Furthermore, the Company has also entered into a cooperation framework agreement with China Harbour to explore possible future cooperation and joint development and operation in relation to the Hambantota Port and the industrial park adjacent to the Hambantota Port. As at the terms and conditions for such cooperation is yet to be finalise, the Company said it will further disclose when such cooperation materialises. (Colombo Gazette) “The Port of Hambantota is located on the Southern coast of Sri Lanka occupying a prime location within 10 nautical miles to the main shipping route from Asia to Europe and is also in a strategic position along the “Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road”. Hambantota Port is a comprehensive deep-water port, the Hambantota Port project is a project to develop a major industrial and service port with an attached industrial zone in the Port of Hambantota and it is currently expected that the project will comprise of three phases. With 10 berths in Phase 1 and 2, and quay length of up to 3,487 meters; the berths are specialized to handle containers, bulk cargos, general cargos, RO-RO cargos and liquid bulk. Water depth alongside the quay and navigation channel is -17 meters, which makes Hambantota Port a deep-water port capable of handling super-mega vessels. Hambantota Port has great potential for future expansion, with its hinterland covering the South Asian region, and as a maritime hub in the region,” China Merchants Port Holdings Company Limited said.CMPort has, in recent years, been actively exploring and, as and when deemed appropriate, capturing available opportunities overseas as the means to effectively add new growth drivers to its existing and sustainably growing ports business. Having already established a story of success in Port of Colombo through the development of the Colombo International Container Terminals Ltd., the addition of the Hambantota Port will provide the Company a platform to materialise synergies between the two major ports in Sri Lanka, unlocking the county’s potential to be a global maritime center. read more

Need a ride Ask a friend Facebook and Uber launch new partnership

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by CNN and News Staff Posted Dec 17, 2015 6:43 am MDT Last Updated Dec 17, 2015 at 6:37 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Need a ride? Ask a friend: Facebook and Uber launch new partnership Facebook and Uber announced a partnership on Dec. 16, 2015. FACEBOOK. Need a ride? Just ask a friend.An old-fashioned way of getting around is getting a modern facelift as Facebook and Uber launch a new partnership.Soon, users in select U.S. cities can request a ride by booking it from the Messenger app. The idea is that people who coordinate plans with Messenger will be able to book a car without switching apps.It will also let Facebook import and save Uber users’ payment information, a feature that users will be able to opt out of. Uber is promoting the deal by offering the first ride for free, up to $20.However, it’s not yet known when – or if – the feature will come to Canada.With files from CNN and 680 NEWS, Toronto. read more

Opinion 5 questions ahead of Ohio States matchup in Minneapolis

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Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett carries the ball during a game against Michigan State on Nov. 8 in East Lansing, Mich. OSU won, 49-37.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorFollowing arguably the biggest win at Ohio State during the Urban Meyer era, the Buckeyes are preparing for their second-consecutive ranked opponent.Entering the third week of the College Football Playoff rankings, the Buckeyes jumped up six spots to No. 8 and the Minnesota Golden Gophers appeared for the first time on the list at No. 25.As the Buckeyes get set to travel to blustery Minneapolis, The Lantern sports editors have come up with a list of five things to look for when OSU takes on the Golden Gophers.1. Can OSU keep its eye on the prize?Let’s be honest, last week’s win over Michigan State was probably the biggest win for the Buckeyes since the 2010 Rose Bowl against Oregon.But was it too much for the Buckeyes to handle?The mantra around OSU since Meyer arrived in Columbus has been giving players and coaches 24 hours to enjoy a win, but redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Michael Thomas said Monday that the Buckeyes were still enjoying the victory.With that said, will the Buckeyes overlook a Minnesota team that is coming off of a 51-14 drubbing of Iowa?Only time will tell.2. Will the weather affect the Buckeye offense?While the entire Buckeye starting offensive line is from Ohio, their starting quarterback is from Texas, and probably hasn’t played in a game as cold as he will Saturday.While the kickoff temperature was 39 degrees last week in East Lansing, Mich., the estimated high temperature in Minneapolis for Saturday, as of Wednesday night, was just 28 degrees with a low of nine.Barrett, who has ignited the Buckeye offense, averaging 304.22 yards per game by himself has been on the sidelines for games like this (see 2013 games against Indiana and Michigan) but has never had to play in such bitter temps.Just one current Buckeye offensive player was on the roster the last time OSU played in Minnesota, and that is redshirt-senior Darryl Baldwin, who was still a defensive lineman at the time.The Buckeyes won 52-10 in the last matchup in 2010, a win that was later vacated because of NCAA violations committed by former coach Jim Tressel, then-quarterback Terrelle Pryor and other players.3. Can J.T. Barrett make a Heisman push?If Barrett can have an encore performance from his 386 total yard, five touchdown game against the Spartans, there is a good chance Barrett could enter serious Heisman discussions.The redshirt-freshman made his first appearance on ESPN’s Heisman Watch this week, and currently ranks second in the FBS in touchdowns responsible for with 34 (26 passing, eight rushing).In addition, Barrett is just five touchdown passes away from breaking the school record for touchdown passes in a season, set by the 2006 Heisman Trophy winner, Troy Smith.For Barrett to enter serious consideration, there is no doubt the Buckeyes will have to win their remaining games, plus a Big Ten title.But if Barrett can look as good as he did against Michigan State the rest of the season, don’t be surprised if you see the Texas native in New York for the Heisman ceremonies.4. Can Minnesota senior running back David Cobb emulate Michigan State’s Jeremy Langford?Minnesota senior running back David Cobb (27) runs the ball during a game against Purdue on Oct. 18 in Minneapolis. Minnesota won, 39-38.Credit: Courtesy of TNSSure, OSU ended up beating the Spartans, but the redshirt-senior running back Langford gouged the Buckeyes’ defense for 137 yards and three touchdowns on just 18 carries.Now that same defense has to find a way to slow down Cobb, who has already racked up 1,205 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground this season. He’s the workhorse of the Minnesota offense — he has 227 carries while the team as a whole has only attempted 165 passes.Apart from an Oct. 25 misstep against Illinois, the Golden Gophers’ only loss this season accompanied Cobb’s worst game of the year. Minnesota lost to Texas Christian University, 30-7, in September, and Cobb had just 41 yards on 15 carries. Outside of that game, he’s had at least 71 rushing yards per game — including a pair of 200-plus yard outings. If the Buckeyes can slow Cobb down, it could be a long day for redshirt-sophomore quarterback Mitch Leidner. But if he gets rolling early, OSU might face a difficult task to keep its seven-game winning streak alive.5. What role will the OSU H-backs play?With sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson — the Buckeyes’ typical starter — out with a broken foot, it’ll be up to a few different players to pick up the slack.The first option is likely to be redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall, who has already shined multiple times for OSU this season. The former high school quarterback can line up in a variety of positions for the Buckeyes, including at quarterback in the wildcat package.Leading up to the showdown in Minneapolis, Meyer even hinted that the Buckeyes “have a couple passes” in place for Marshall going forward. He failed to connect on his only passing attempt so far this season, but Meyer and the coaching staff clearly have some faith in his arm.But even if Marshall doesn’t let it fly, the H-back spot could have a notable impact for the Buckeyes. Meyer mentioned that freshman Noah Brown will be in the mix, and at 240 pounds, he adds a new dimension to the OSU attack.No matter if Brown is causing mismatch problems with his size or if Marshall is showing off his arm, the Buckeyes will likely try to put as much firepower on the field as they can.OSU is scheduled to take on the Golden Gophers on Saturday at noon in Minneapolis. read more

Tony Blair faces threat of new parliamentary investigation over Iraq

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first_imgTony Blair could face a fresh investigation over the Iraq war with a group of MPs preparing to table a motion calling for a new inquiry.The former prime minister raised his political profile last week with a pledge to support the “politically homeless” who are unhappy with both the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May’s Brexit-backing administration.The Observer reported that MPs from six parties want a committee to examine the difference in Mr Blair’s evidence to the Chilcot Inquiry and the private assurances he gave to George W Bush in the run up to the Iraq conflict.MPs will debate the motion on Wednesday in a debate allotted to the SNP. It calls on MPs to recognise that the inquiry “provided substantial evidence of misleading information presented by the then prime minister and others on the development of the then government’s policy towards the invasion of Iraq, as shown most clearly in the contrast between private correspondence to the United States government and public statements to Parliament and people”.In addition, it has asked the Commons public administration and constitutional affairs committee to investigate what it describes as a difference between private and public policy.The motion’s sponsors include Alex Salmond, the SNP MP and former first minister of Scotland; Hywel Williams, Westminster leader of Plaid Cymru; and Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas. Mr Salmond said the committee could even recommend that Mr Blair is stripped of his membership of the Privy Council.When he appeared before the Commons liaison committee, Sir John Chilcot said “I absolve him [Blair] from a personal and demonstrable decision to deceive parliament or the public – to state falsehoods, knowing them to be false.”A spokesman for the former prime minister declined to comment.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Golds perfect storm

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first_imgRBC Capital Markets,held its annual Global Gold Mining Conference in London, November 15.  The conference brought together senior executives from the industry’s leading exploration, mining and production companies, together with institutional investors from across the world. Opening the conference, Anthony S. Fell, Chairman, RBC Capital Markets commented: “The timing of this conference is excellent; we have a perfect storm which favours investment in gold bullion and gold shares as far as the eye can see. The past few years have been a major long-term positive turning point in the fundamentals for gold, and the current systemic risk in the global financial system is now a very serious and real concern which will also bring renewed focus on gold as a store of value.  “This trend will continue and accelerate as events in this credit supercycle unfold, with this prolonged bull market lasting another decade or more. In this climate, I believe gold bullion is re-emerging as an accepted alterative investment and currency.” Among the speakers sharing insights at the conference was Ian Cockerill, CEO of Gold Fields, who confirmed the company’s commitment to its international strategy, especially in China, commenting: “We see China as a long-term investment. The country is likely to be the world’s largest gold producer this year; however, that production is coming from hundreds of different mines, so the opportunities for consolidation are huge.  Furthermore, prospecting in China has hitherto been over large areas at shallow depths, so we are looking forward to working in this region extensively to drive Gold Fields’ growth. Along with the company’s unhedged profile, an increase in production from new projects and large resource base, we are well-placed to see improved earnings growth and cash flow in the future.”Also speaking was Gregory Wilkins, President & CEO of Barrick Gold: “Our recent strategic acquisitions have given us a much bigger global footprint, not only in gold, but also in copper, platinum and nickel.  Although the company’s focus is gold and will continue to be, this strong portfolio of high quality non-core assets allows us to deliver real value to our shareholders, as we seek ways to monetise our broad range of assets, using those proceeds to re-invest cash back into gold.” Commenting on the gold price he added: “It’s hard to say where it will actually go. However, I do believe that the cost structure of the industry has changed so substantially in the past few years, that the sector would be in real trouble if we saw prices go down to $500/oz.”Evgueni Ivanov, General Director of Polyus Gold, the leading gold producer in Russia discussed the company’s growth strategy: “Growing organically rather than by acquisition will be the primary driver over the forthcoming years, as Polyus works to the approved strategy of four times growth by 2015, resulting in 3.9 Moz of production annually.  Our announcement yesterday updated the market on two major projects in the Krasnoyarsk region, Blagodatnoye, the largest gold discovery in Russia with reserves of 7.2 Moz, and Titimukhta.  Alongside our other projects and driven by an ambitious exploration programme, we expect our stated reserves of 68.6 Moz to grow even further.  We are always looking for acquisition opportunities; however, we are seeing few good, value-creating deals out there at the moment.”To access the RBC Capital Markets’ Global Gold Mining Conference webcast click on http://www.wsw.com/webcast/rbc83/  The webcast will be available for 30 days.last_img read more

Hans Lindberg praises Duvnjak He is the Worlds best player

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Danish right wing Hans Lindberg praised his team-mate from HSV Handball, Domagoj Duvnjak, before the semi-final match of EHF EURO 2014 between Denmark and Croatia.– He plays on a completely crazy high level and I think he is currently the world’s best player. He can play any position, and if he does not even score goals, he is the architect behind them – says Hans Lindberg according JV.dk and continues: – Duvnjak is also superior in counter-attack. I have a hard time finding something where I can say that he is bad. He has a great eye for team players, and he controls the game in Hamburg – concluded Lindberg, writes hbold.dkDenmark – Croatia 21.00FOTO: Bjørn Kenneth Muggerud/Handballpix.com ← Previous Story France VS Spain – Replay of Olympic madness? Next Story → Ljuba Vranjes about EHF EURO 2014: Denmark is the biggest favorite for gold Domagoj DuvnjakHans Lindberg read more

Jackie Lavin sues Bill Cullen over alleged €1m house purchase deal

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first_img Friday 31 Mar 2017, 5:22 PM By Aodhan O Faolain Jackie Lavin and Bill Cullen arriving at the Four Courts Dublin in November 2014. Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland 91,799 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland http://jrnl.ie/3317714 Short URLcenter_img Mar 31st 2017, 5:22 PM Jackie Lavin and Bill Cullen arriving at the Four Courts Dublin in November 2014. Jackie Lavin sues Bill Cullen over alleged €1m house purchase deal The disagreement revolves around a €1-million deal for the sale of Killegy House in Co Kerry. JACKIE LAVIN IS suing her long-time partner Bill Cullen and one of his companies over an alleged failure to complete a €1 million deal for the sale of Killegy House in Co Kerry to the businesswoman.Jackie Lavin of Osberstown House, Naas, Co Kildare has brought proceedings against Glencullen Properties Ltd and Mr Cullen, also of Osberstown House, Naas who is the firm’s sole shareholder and a director of the company.Ulster Bank appointed accountancy firm Kavanagh Fennell as receivers over the company’s assets including Killegy House, located at Muckross, Killarney, Co Kerry in 2012.Lavin, represented by Patrick Leonard SC, claims she has been a longtime resident of Killegy House which she considers is her home. She said that she had been employed by the company in a management capacity.Ulster Bank created a charge over Glencullen’s assets in 1999, including Killegy House. Lavin claims that in 2009 the company sought additional credit facilities from Ulster Bank to allow it continue to trade during the downturn.The bank she claims was unwilling to do this unless €1 million was invested in the company. Following the sale of a property they had in Florida for $7.25 million Lavin said she agreed to advance Bill Cullen €1 million.This was so he could pay down Glencullen’s liabilities. As part of the arrangement Killegy House would be sold to her. She said she paid over €757,000 to the company but it has failed to complete the sale of the property to her.She claims she has suffered loss and damage as a result of being deprived of the opportunity to buy the house. After the company was placed in receivership it secured an order from Residential Tenancies Board requiring her to leave Killegy House.In her action she seeks an order for the specific performance directing the sale of Killegy House to her. She also seeks an order prohibiting the defendants from entering into any contract for sale of the property other than with Lavin.Glencullen Properties, represented by Bernard Dunleavy SC, denies the claims and argues that she is not entitled to any of the orders she seeks.The court heard that Cullen has not deliver a defence to the action.In its defence the company says it accepts Lavin agreed to advance Cullen €1 million so he could loan Glencullen funds to reduce its liabilities.However the company denies the monies were advanced as part of an agreement to sell Killegy to Lavin. The company said it never agreed to sell the premises to her for any sum nor is there any contract of sale between the parties.It also says that at no time prior to May 2013 did Lavin mention any agreement involving her buying the property from Glencullen.The company said Lavin has failed to comply with the order it obtained requiring her to leave Killegy and has brought enforcement proceedings before the Circuit Court.It further submits that after advancing the loan to Cullen in late-2010 Lavin signed a statutory declaration that she did not hold any interest right or tittle to any assets of Glencullen.The declaration, which was sought by Ulster Bank was signed after she had received independent legal advice.The company accepts by an oversight Killegy House was not listed in the documentation, however the declaration refers to all property belonging to Glencullen which includes the premises.Lavin accepts she signed a waiver as part of the arrangement, after being given legal advice that it was not in her interest to do so.She said she signed the waiver because if she didn’t the bank would cut Glencullen off from access to further credit.The case was mentioned before Justice Tony O’Connor at the High Court today.The judge was asked to deal with a preliminary issue in the case relating to the timing of the discovery of documents, which Lavin’s lawyers say are relevant to her claim, from Ulster Bank. The bank is not a party to the proceedings.Following discussions the court was told that a timetable for the exchange of materials had been agreed. The case was adjourned and will be mentioned before the court at the end of April.Comments have been closed as the case is ongoing.Read: Led by Jackie Lavin, around 60 Irish businesses want compensation from Ulster BankRead: Losing brother and sister put business problems into perspective for Bill Cullen Share12 Tweet Email4 No Comments last_img read more

The Ultimate Super Smash Bros Character Guide Cloud

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first_img Cloud Storms Into Battle!Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is huge. Not just in terms of hype and importance and sales potential, but just in terms of sheer stuff. The Nintendo Switch mascot fighter features over a hundred stages, nearly a thousand songs, and too many Pokemon and items and Assist Trophies to think of crammed onto a cartridge you can plan on the go or on a TV. When you have as many big franchises as Nintendo, putting them all in one game will make that game is very big boy indeed.But the biggest, most exciting thing about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is its mind-blowing, heartwarming roster of playable characters. Fighting games pride themselves not just on the strength of their mechanics but the strength of its fighters, especially in a crossover fighters like this. And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crushes all rivals by including every single playable character from the across the four previous games in the twenty-year-old series. Include the new combatants and so far we have over 70 fighters to wrap our heads around. We’re excited, but we’re also intimidated. So to get ready for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, every day, character by character, we’re creating the ultimate guide to all of its characters. Today’s fighter: Cloud. ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President‘Undertale’s’ Sans Is Basically a Brand New ‘Sma… Who Are They?Ugh, fine, it’s Cloud Strife, the sulky sci-fi hero of Final Fantasy VII. As the main character of by far the most beloved game in the famous JRPG series Cloud is a pretty big deal. But to me he’s just the annoying symbol of everything wrong with Tetsuya Nomura’s aesthetic that essentially took over Square Enix after the smash success (no pun intended) of this game. He’s peak anime sword boy. Get a good look at this Cloud though because you won’t be seeing him in a Final Fantasy VII remake anytime soon.Smash HistoryWe thought getting Ryu in Smash Bros. was a huge third-party megaton. But then Nintendo shocked everyone by revealing Cloud would be coming to Smash Wii U/3DS as DLC. Final Fantasy VII has never even been on a Nintendo console since it famously marked the point the series ditched Nintendo for PlayStation. Yet here’s Cloud, joining the battle with Nintendo’s greats. Apparently he was the last character successfully renegotiated into Ultimate as well, so everyone being here wasn’t a guarantee.What Looks New in Ultimate?Like many DLC characters in Smash Wii U/3DS, Cloud was very good. He’s got a big dumb disjointed sword, a projectile, and the stupid ability to power up all of his attacks by charging his Limit Meter. His biggest change in Ultimate nerfs this meter though. Now, if you don’t use Limit in 15 seconds, you lose it. It’s honestly a really smart balance change and if anything just encourages a more fun and aggressive playstyle from Cloud mains.Our Hopes?I don’t like Cloud at all but as basically the ambassador for Final Fantasy he’s a hugely important video game character who deserves a spot in Smash Bros. What bothers me more at this point is how stingy Square Enix is being with the character. He has a nifty Midgar stage and an alternate Advent Children outfit. But there are no FF Spirits. Even worse, we only get two dingy MIDI tracks. Final Fantasy songs are some of the best songs in the medium. Legendary long-time Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu even composed the theme to Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Put more Final Fantasy songs in the game you cowards!Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available now. Read our review of this majestic video game pageant. And for more check out cool Switch games to play that aren’t Smash Bros., because those definitely exist.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. Read Fox’s Guide9. Read Pikachu’s Guide10. Read Luigi’s Guide11. Read Ness’s Guide12. Read Captain Falcon’s Guide13. Read Jigglypuff’s Guide14. Read Peach’s Guide15. Read Daisy’s Guide16. Read Bowser’s Guide17. Read Ice Climbers’ Guide18. Read Sheik’s Guide19. Read Zelda’s Guide20. Read Dr. Mario’s Guide21. Read Pichu’s Guide22. Read Falco’s Guide23. Read Marth’s Guide24. Read Lucina’s Guide25. Read Young Link’s Guide26. Read Ganondorf’s Guide27. Read Mewtwo’s Guide28. Read Roy’s Guide29. Read Chrom’s Guide30. Read Mr. Game and Watch’s Guide31. Read Meta Knight’s Guide32. Read Pit’s Guide33. Read Dark Pit’s Guide34. Read Zero Suit Samus’s Guide35. Read Wario’s Guide36. Read Snake’s Guide37. Read Ike’s Guide38. Read Pokemon Trainer’s Guide39. Read Diddy Kong’s Guide40. Read Lucas’s Guide41. Read Sonic’s Guide42. Read King Dedede’s Guide43. Read Olimar’s Guide44. Read Lucario’s Guide45. Read R.O.B.’s Guide46. Read Toon Link’s Guide47. Read Wolf’s Guide48. Read Villager’s Guide49. Read Mega Man’s Guide50. Read Wii Fit Trainer’s Guide51. Read Rosalina and Luma’s Guide52. Read Little Mac’s Guide53. Read Greninja’s Guide54. Read Mii Fighters’ Guide55. Read Palutena’s Guide56. Read Pac-Man’s Guide57. Read Robin’s Guide58. Read Shulk’s Guide59. Read Bowser Jr.’s Guide60. Read Duck Hunt’s Guide61. Read Ryu’s Guide62. Read Cloud’s Guide63. Read Corrin’s Guide64. Read Bayonetta’s Guide65. Read Inkling’s Guide66. Read Ridley’s Guide67. Read Simon’s Guide68. Read Richter’s Guide69. Read King K. Rool’s Guide70. Read Isabelle’s Guide71. Read Ken’s Guide72. Read Incineroar’s Guide73. Read Piranha Plant’s Guide74. Read Joker’s Guide75. Read Hero’s Guide76. Read Banjo and Kazooie’s Guidecenter_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

DFB furious with Ozil Gundogan

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first_imgThe head of Germany’s football federation (DFB) is furious that their own players  Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan were seen posing for pictures alongside Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip ErdoganThe midfielders are both of Turkish descent but chose to represent their birth country Germany at international level instead.Ozil and Gundogan posed for photos in London on Sunday with Erdogan and have left the DFB chief Reinhard Grindel unhappy with their actions.“The DFB, of course, respects the special situation for our players with migrant backgrounds, but football and the DFB stand for values that Mr. Erdogan does not sufficiently respect,” read a statement from Grindel, as reported on ESPN.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“Therefore, it is not a good thing that our internationals have let themselves be exploited for his election campaign stunt. It certainly hasn’t helped the DFB’s integration efforts.”Germany team coordinator Oliver Bierhoff was also unhappy over their actions and intends to speak with them at some point in the near future.“I still have absolutely no doubts about Mesut and Ilkay’s commitment to playing for the Germany national team and how much they identify with our values. They were unaware of the symbolism of these pictures, but we cannot endorse it, and we will discuss the matter with the players,” he said.last_img read more

Senator Mike Dunleavy Announces Resignation

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first_imgDunleavy was elected to the Senate in 2012 and issued a statement following his resignation : “One criticism I’ve made of state government is that it continuously grows and takes on too many responsibilities, and does many of them poorly.” Story as aired:Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Dunleavy.mp3VmJennifer-on-Dunleavy.mp300:00RPd A Dunleavy campaign spokeswoman says the resignation will be effective January 15. Dunleavy: “I sent a letter to Senate President Pete Kelly this morning informing him of my resignation.  I shared my appreciation for his leadership in the Senate, and for the collaboration that I have enjoyed with my former colleagues in the Senate Majority.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Senator Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla, has announced his resignation from the state senate to focus on running for governor this year. Dunleavy, says the best way for him to advocate for his constituents’ values is to devote his full time and attention to ensuring that a new governor is elected. There are now five potential Republican candidates for governor including Kenai Peninsula Representative Mike Chenault.last_img read more

North Slope schools expand curricula to reflect ideologies of the Inupiat

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first_imgNorth Slope government and history is now part of high school graduation requirements for all North Slope Borough schools.Listen NowThe borough school board passed a new policy this month making the curriculum change mandatory for students, beginning with freshmen who start in 2017.Pausauraq Jana Harcharek, the Inupiat education director for the North Slope Borough school district, said this change has been years in the making.“And it goes back probably to the formation of the North Slope Borough School District, when founding Mayor Eben Hopson, in a speech, said that our schools will reflect the ideologies of the Inupiat, that our schools will reflect who we are as people,” Harcharek said.Now, thanks to the school board, borough district students will receive one credit toward social studies requirement through a North Slope government class and a North Slope history class.The class will be integrated into what’s already being taught instead of creating a separate class entirely, Harcharek said.“So we’ve developed and implemented a series of what we call culture-based units,” Harcharek said. “So as a district we’ve been producing units for teachers to integrate into their teaching from kindergarten, or K-3, K-4, all the way up through grade 12, so this would just become part of that work.”Harcharek does not foresee the curriculum changes adding any additional costs for the school district.She said teaching students about their background, their Inupiat history, is beneficial beyond helping students get a job post-graduation.“They need to learn about how our people use Western tools through federal legislation in the formation, for example, of the North Slope Borough, our regional corporations, our village corporations, as tools to advance the Inupiat agenda and to protect our subsistence life ways, to protect the rights that we have as people to land, to education,” Harcharek said.As a person who identifies as Inupiat, Harcharek recognizes the significance of incorporating North Slope local government and history into an Inupiat student’s education.“It means that we are able to fulfill the wishes of our elders and our people who have been expressing this idea of being inclusive of who we are in the classrooms,” Harcharek said. “It helps ground them in who they are from a historical perspective, because it is by knowing from where you came that you are able to maneuver more effectively in this day and age.”The next step for expanding education related to local native history is to share these curriculum practices with international groups of people.By 2018 the North Slope Borough school district’s goal, Harcharek said, is to help schools in Russia, Canada, and Greenland incorporate their own local history and government classes.last_img read more

UNO sued detained for two hours for distorting Bangabandhu image

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first_imgA Barisal court on Wednesday granted bail for Barguna sadar Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) after he was sued for ‘distorting the image’ of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.UNO Gazi Tarique Salman was implicated in a case filed on 7 June in connection with use of a ‘distorted’ image of Bangabandhu contained in an official invitation letter.Ruling Awami League’s religious affairs secretary and president of district bar association Obaidullah Saju filed the case.The UNO was summoned to appear before the court of Barisal chief metropolitan magistrate M Ali Hossain by 27 June.When Gazi Tarique appeared at the court and pleaded for bail, he was sent to the jail as he could not produce necessary documents, the lawyers said.The official was granted an interm bail afterwards when he submitted the documents as required. The court fixed 23 July as the date for hearing the case.According to the case statement, the UNO distributed an invitation card printing a ‘distorted image’ of Bangabandhu while he was posted at Agoiljhara upazila last year. The invitation card was printed on the occasion of the Independence Day.Anis Uddin Ahmed Shahid and Rafiqul Islam Khokon moved for the plaintiff in the court.last_img read more

Govt to sell 3 stake in BPCL to raise Rs1800 cr

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first_imgThe government plans to sell 3 per cent stake in Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd, the nation’s second largest state oil firm, this fiscal to raise around Rs 1,800 crore. Finance Ministry has moved a Cabinet note for inter-ministerial consultations for selling 2.16 crore shares in BPCL through a public offer, official sources said.At current trading price of Rs 820, the stake sale will fetch the government over Rs 1,778 crore. The government holds 54.93 per cent stake in BPCL. Divesting 3 per cent interest will help government keep its shareholding well above 51 per cent — the minimum strategic holding it has decided to keep in key public sector unit. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashBPCL operates refineries at Mumbai and Kochi with a combined capacity of 21.5 million tonnes. It also has a 6 million tonnes a year unit at Bina in Madhya Pradesh in joint venture with Oman Oil. It has 12,809 petrol pumps, about one-fourth of the total petrol pumps in the country. When contacted, BPCL Chairman and Managing Director S Varadarajan said the company has “heard from the government on a possible stake sale.” Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian tourists”They (government) were planning this even three years back. It is up to them to decide on divestments and we have sent our general views,” he said. The government is targeting Rs 69,500 crore from stake sale in PSUs this fiscal. Of this, Rs 41,000 crore is to come from minority share sale in PSUs and Rs 28,500 crore from strategic stake sale. Although the Department of Disinvestment (DOD), under the Finance Ministry, has got approval from Cabinet for selling minority stakes worth about Rs 50,000 crore in a host of PSUs, it has only been able to divest stake in one company — REC — so far this fiscal.last_img read more

Indian Hotels Company Limited receives top honours at Worldwide Hospitality Awards 2018

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first_imgThe Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) bagged top honours at the Worldwide Hospitality Awards 2018 held recently in Paris. Somnath Mukherjee, Area Director, Karnataka and General Manager, Taj West End, Bengaluru received ‘Best Hotelier’ award; Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur was the joint winner in the Best ‘WOW Effect’ for a luxury hotel category and Taj.live, the company’s social media command centre, was placed among the top three digital innovations of the year.Puneet Chhatwal, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, IHCL said, “We are extremely delighted to be recognised at a forum as prestigious as the Worldwide Hospitality Awards. Somnath Mukherjee epitomises the ethos of Tajness that underlines our commitment to operational excellence. The other honours in the field of providing unique experiences and staying ahead of the curve with the best use of technology, further reaffirm our reputation as leaders that compete on a global platform.”Mukherjee was recognised for being the ‘Turnaround Man’, after his immensely successful tenure at Taj Varanasi.Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur has been at the forefront for enabling guests to experience the royal grandeur of Rajasthan. Taj. Live, identifies opportunities to organically interact with a wider audience through omnichannel trend tracking and analysis, encouraging deeper guest engagement and personalisation.last_img read more

CFPB to Assess RESPA Mortgage Servicing Rule Effectiveness

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first_img May 4, 2017 534 Views Share The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is planning to assess the effectiveness of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) mortgage servicing rule. The rule, introduced in January 2013 and which took effect in January 2014, was designed to assist consumers who were behind on mortgage payments.Among other things, the RESPA mortgage servicing rule requires servicers to follow certain procedures related to loss mitigation applications and communications with borrowers. Servicers must give, in writing, notices of error within five days, and investigate and respond to the borrowers within 30 days.Additionally, the RESPA mortgage servicing rule called for greater transparency between the servicer and the borrower. It required clear monthly mortgage statements, early warning before adjusting interst rates, and gave options to avoid fore-placed insurance.“For many borrowers, dealing with mortgage servicers has meant unwelcome surprises and constantly getting the runaround. In too many cases, it has led to unnecessary foreclosures,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray of the rule in 2013. “Our rules ensure fair treatment for all borrowers and establish strong protections for those struggling to save their homes.”Dodd-Frank requires the CFPB to review their rules five years after they take effect, and this includes RESPA. Currently, the Bureau is seeking comment from consumers, consumer advocates, housing counselors, mortgage loan servicers, industry representatives, and the general public regarding the rule, and will issue a report of their assessment by January 2019.The assessment will give the CFPB better understanding of the costs and benefits of the RESPA mortgage servicing rule, and, according to the Bureau, will provide the public with a better understanding of the mortgage servicing market.The CFPB’s Information Request can be found here. CFPB to Assess RESPA Mortgage Servicing Rule Effectivenesscenter_img CFPB Dodd-Frank RESPA 2017-05-04 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, Newslast_img read more