Rabat – Saad Lamjarred’s agent shared a statement from his management team defending the pop singer who is accused of two rapes in France.The agent, Karim Abi Yaghi, shared the communiqué on Instagram, saying that the artist was placed in custody in Aix-En-Provence in southeastern France on September 18, where he will remain until the end of the investigation.The statement added that, originally, the bail judge in Draguignan, France, decided “to release him and put him under judicial control until the end of the investigation.” However, the prosecutor of the city, which requested that Saad Lamjarred be remanded to detention, “appealed in September the decision of the bail judge of freedoms.” The statement affirmed that the court has not made a verdict on the two rape cases in Saint Tropez and Paris.After his arrest in 2016 in the rape case of a French national and subsequent supervised release, authorities arrested Lamjarred in a rape case in August in Saint Tropez.After 48 hours in custody, Lamjarred was released after he paid a bail of €150,000.Some Moroccan citizens and local radio channels, including Hit Radio and Radio 2M,  boycotted his songs, popularizing the viral hashtag campaign: #Masaktach (I will not be hushed).The first French person to accuse Lamjarred of rape, Laura Prioul, took to her Twitter to thank people boycotting Lamjarred’s song, writing the Masaktch hashtag.“A big thank you for the #, the boycotts, and the messages of support and finally the justice!!! #Masaktach,” she tweeted.The Moroccan singer’s named was also ruled off the list of nominees in the All Africa Awards (AFRIMA) competition, which will take place in Ghana in November. The competition removed Lamjarred’s name due to the rape charges. read more

Today’s closures mean UN agencies’ stocks of essential goods in Gaza continue to dwindle, several weeks after Israeli authorities imposed tight restrictions on entry to and exit from the area where an estimated 1.4 million Palestinians live.The humanitarian situation in Gaza, where the power supply remains out for most of the day, is being exacerbated by the current spell of unusually cold weather, according to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).The agency has managed to provide about 112,500 litres of fuel to Gazan officials dealing with waste management, but this is short of the amount needed, resulting in garbage piling up along the streets.Gaza’s schools are scheduled to re-open tomorrow after the winter break, but they will probably have no heating or electricity, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported. UNRWA-run schools will also have no books as Israel has not allowed the agency to take paper into Gaza.UNRWA has so far received only 1 per cent of the $237 million it sought in urgent humanitarian aid last December when it launched its consolidated appeal for the occupied Palestinian territory. 1 February 2008No trucks carrying relief supplies were able to enter the Gaza Strip from Israel today as all the border crossings remained closed, the Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Process (UNSCO) reported. read more

18 October 2011Applications for asylum in developed countries rose by 17 per cent in the first six months of this year, with most of those seeking admission coming from countries with a history of population displacement, the United Nations refugee agency reported today. Some 198,300 asylum applications were lodged in the period between 1 January and 30 June, compared to 169,300 in the same period last year, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in its ‘Asylum Levels and Trends in Industrialized Countries’ report for the first half of the year.Requests for asylum normally peak during the second half of the year, and UNHCR projects that this year could see 420,000 applications, the largest total number of asylum-seekers trying to get legal admission into industrialized countries in eight years.The survey found increases in asylum claims by Tunisians, Ivorians and Libyans – 4,600, 3,300 and 2,000 claims respectively – but their overall impact on the rate of application rates in industrialized countries has been limited.Of the 44 countries surveyed, the main countries of origin for asylum seekers remained largely unchanged from previous surveys: Afghanistan (15,300 claims); China (11,700); Serbia [and Kosovo] (10,300); Iraq (10,100); and Iran (7,600).This year “has been a year of displacement crises unlike any other I have seen in my time as High Commissioner,” said António Guterres, the head of UNHCR.“Their impact on asylum claims in industrialized countries seems to have been lower so far than might have been expected, as most of those who fled went to neighbouring countries. Nonetheless we are grateful that the industrialized States have continued to respect the right of people to have their claims to asylum heard.”By continent or region, Europe registered the highest number of claims with 73 per cent of all asylum applications in industrialized countries. Only Australasia saw a significant decline in applicants – 5,100 claims compared with 6,300 a year earlier.By country, the United States received more applications (36,400) than any other industrialized country, followed by France (26,100), Germany (20,100), Sweden (12,600) and the United Kingdom (12,200). The Nordic region was the only European region to see a decline in asylum applications.In North-East Asia, applications more than doubled – 1,300 claims were lodged in Japan and South Korea compared to 600 in the first half of 2010. read more

Montreal-based Bombardier Inc. announced Monday that David Coleal will take over as president of Bombardier Business Aircraft effective June 15, 2015.Bombardier president and CEO Alain Bellemare says Coleal will succeed Eric Martel, who is leaving the company after 13 years to pursue other career opportunities.Before joining Bombardier in 2008, Coleal was president and chief operating officer of Cirrus Design Corporation, and has held management positions at McKinsey and Company, Caterpillar and New United Motor Manufacturing.Quebec says it won’t ‘abandon’ Bombardier Inc amid restructuringBombardier Inc to slash 1,750 jobs as demand for business jets divesWhy Bombardier Inc’s new head of commercial aircraft wants the world to meet the CSeries — againBombardier — a manufacturer of planes and trains — also announced Monday that it has hired procurement expert Jean-Paul Pellissier as a special adviser to conduct an extensive review of its supply chain.Last week, Bombardier announced that it was cutting 1,750 employees in Montreal, Toronto and Ireland over the coming months — a move expected to save about U$135 million a year.Up to 1,000 of the lost jobs will be in Montreal, where Bombardier has its main operations, while 480 positions are on the chopping block in Toronto and another 280 in Belfast.The cuts will begin in June and continue until the first quarter of 2016, said the company, which employs more than 70,000 people, about half in its aerospace division. read more

At least 245 children have been intercepted from being trafficked and unnecessarily or illegally placed in children’s care homes since the first earthquake hit Nepal almost two months ago, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has reported.The children’s agency is working with the Government and the Nepal Police to reduce the risk of trafficking through targeted action and policy measures. “UNICEF feared a surge in trafficking cases after the two earthquakes”, said Tomoo Hozumi, a UNICEF representative in Nepal over the weekend. “Loss of livelihoods and worsening living conditions may allow traffickers to easily convince parents to give their children up for what they are made to believe will be a better life.”The traffickers, he stressed, promise education, meals and a better future. But the reality is that many of those children could end up being “horrendously exploited and abused”, Mr. Hozumi warned.Trafficking was rife in Nepal even before the 25 April earthquake, with an estimated 12,000 children trafficked to India every year, according to a 2001 International Labour Organisation (ILO) study.Girls not recruited into prostitution could be also sold as domestic slaves in India and other countries and boys taken into forced labour. After disasters such as earthquakes, there is a risk that trafficking will increase. Families may also be more easily convinced to send their children to orphanages in Kathmandu and Pokhara, UNICEF noted, a trend that began following the civil war with promises of safety and education.Prior to the Nepal earthquake, approximately 15,000 children lived in child care homes in Nepal, and were potentially at risk of poorly-regulated adoption, exploitation and abuse. More than 85 per cent of these children had at least one living parent.UNICEF has been working closely with the Nepalese government – who has suspended international adoption right after April 25 – and other partners to speed up and bolster the response on child trafficking prevention, including by supporting the police to establish or strengthen almost a hundred checkpoints and police stations throughout the country and the earthquake affected districts.The Funds is also providing support to national NGOs, as well as all relevant actors, to confirm that all alleged cases of trafficked are verified and all children accounted for through the strengthening of information management and coordination systems.In addition, UNICEF has spearheaded an awareness and public information campaign on child protection in Nepal following the earthquakes. To date, 40,000 flyers on prevention of family separation and trafficking have been distributed in all 14 affected districts, including to police stations, IDP camps, communities and local organisations.To raise awareness on the negative consequences of ‘Orphanage Voluntourism’, UNICEF has been working closely with the tourism and volunteering sectors. Forty national and international agencies that recruit volunteers for orphanages in Nepal have been identified and encouraged to discontinue their orphanage volunteering programmes, eight of them already having suspended their volunteering programmes in Nepal.“To re-build damaged rural communities and keep families together is the best way to help children in Nepal to recover from the earthquake,” Mr Hozumi concluded. read more

“Businesses, across many industries, can help prevent human rights violations from occurring,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra-ad Al Hussein, said in a statement released by his Office (OHCHR). “It is heartening to see companies playing an active role in furthering the trend towards ending use of the death penalty.” Pfizer announced that it would restrict the sale of seven products that have been part of lethal injection protocols in some States. Resale will be restricted and Government entities will be required to certify that the products they purchase will not be used for any penal purposes. Pfizer has said it will monitor the distribution consistently. Mr. Zeid called on all businesses to act in accordance with their human rights responsibilities as set out in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, to “avoid causing or contributing to adverse human rights impacts through their own activities, and address such impacts when they occur” as well as to “seek to prevent or mitigate adverse human rights impacts that are directly linked to their operations, products or services.” The High Commissioner noted that other companies beyond the pharmaceutical industry may be involved in activities relating to the administration of the death penalty, and called on such businesses to carry out human rights due diligence across their operations to ensure that they are not in any way contributing to the use of capital punishment. Mr. Zeid also urged States not to resort to questionable sources for the drugs required to administer lethal injections. He stressed that the UN opposes the use of the death penalty in all circumstances. read more

Spy Dénommé-Welch wanted to fully experience a new dance-opera production about Canada’s residential schools that premiered recently at Toronto’s Luminato Festival.He did that by going seat by seat by seat.At each of the four performances of Bearing, staged in the round at the Canadian Opera Company from June 22 to 24, the indigenous composer and Assistant Professor in Brock’s Faculty of Education carefully selected different seats around the theatre to watch the musicians, dancers and actors.All the while, nearby audience members were unaware of the connection that Dénommé-Welch, a Dora-nominated writer and composer, had to the production. Last year, he and his composing partner Catherine Magowan were commissioned by Bearing’s director Michael Greyeyes to write original music, titled “Sojourn,” for the production’s third and final act.  Dénommé-Welch says his multiple views of the performance only deepened his sense of privilege in helping shape such a powerful and important story. Productions staged in the round have audience members placed on at least three sides of the stage.“Bearing is a very complex production,” he says. “There is a lot to take in and I wanted to see it all from different vantage points. Some storylines, depending on where I was sitting, affected me differently from one performance to another.“Staging it in the round was unique for me as a musician. It gave actors, dancers and musicians an equal playing field, and having live music made it very affecting for the audience.”Dénommé-Welch describes Bearing as a future generational exploration of the legacy of residential schools on one family. The production features nine dancers/actors, including three who are indigenous, as well as indigenous opera singer Marion Newman, a chorus and an orchestra of classical musicians.The music in the first two acts is set to Bach’s Motet “Jesu, meine Freude” BWV 227 and Claude Vivier’s “Wo Bist du Licht.”To begin their creative process, Dénommé-Welch and Magowan attended early production workshops to get a feel for the tone of the first two acts. They knew their Act 3 composition would feature the mezzo-soprano voice of Newman, in the role of Sojourner, and the percussion and strings sections of the orchestra.“We wanted our music to give the characters space to move through as Sojourner bundled the various feelings, such as sorrow and pain, that the characters have been wrestling with throughout the story,” Dénommé-Welch says. “We envisioned a voice coming from empowerment. She is a messenger. She puts forward a call as a symbol to represent empowerment, resilience and resistance.”He describes the audience experience as moving, with a range of emotions.“A mix of feelings is a good sign. It’s a good place to put people, because this is a confusing and complex issue,” Dénommé-Welch says. “There are terrifically strong responses to the production because it is dealing with something that has an ugly history. The production opened more questions and I believe that’s a good thing.”Dénommé-Welch has a number of other projects on the go. He is completing a chamber work with the goal of presenting it next year in a public workshop presentation and this November he will premiere new work for voice/actor, contrabassoon and piano at the Native Earth Performing Arts’ Weesageechak Festival. He also continues to plug away at his second full-length opera with a production date anticipated in the next few years.As for his research, Dénommé-Welch is a principal investigator of two projects including one funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council that examines representations of indigenous identity and gender in music and production. read more

Sydney Bryk’s face lit up as she shared with Terry Varcoe stories of her archaeological adventures in Italy.The Classics Master of Arts student regaled the former Brock University Vice-President, Administration with tales of her excavations in Pompeii and Marzamemi — both made possible through an award endowed in honour of Terry’s late wife.Francesca Patten (MA ’18) and Sydney Bryk (BA ’18) excavating in Pompeii. Bryk used the Trine Varcoe Memorial Award to gain excavation experience this past summer at The Venus Pompeiana Project, a collaboration between the Archaeological Park of Pompeii, Mount Allison University and the University of Missouri.The Trine Varcoe Memorial Award, named for the beloved Brock alumna, is given annually to an undergraduate student pursuing an approved classical studies abroad program. It is department’s largest award.The Varcoes’ lives were intertwined with Brock for decades beginning in 1965, as they married only five months after Terry began his 37-year career with the University.He felt it only fitting that after Trine’s sudden death in 2002 that she be remembered in a meaningful way at her alma mater.It was after taking interest in a course with Classics Professor David Rupp that Trine (BA ’86), who already had a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, opted to pursue an honours degree in Classics. When it came time to decide which University department would receive the award in her name, Terry said it was an “easy choice” given how much Trine enjoyed her Classics experience.Professor Richard Parker recommended the award be used to help students travel to work on archaeological digs and the concept resonated with Terry.“Although Trine had not been on a dig, I knew this would appeal to her,” Terry said. The Varcoes had travelled to both Greece and Turkey and Trine had enjoyed visiting many archaeological sites.Bryk (BA ’18) was thankful for the opportunities the award provided and was touched by the chance to share her gratitude with Terry directly during his visit to campus earlier this month.“The award allowed me to follow my dream of being an archaeologist,” she said. “Without it, I wouldn’t have been able to go away on the excavations in Italy last spring and summer.”Bryk excavated in Pompeii with a team from Mount Allison University and then worked on the Marzamemi Maritime Heritage Project with Brock’s Associate Professor Elizabeth Greene. This project involves the underwater excavation of a shipwreck that sank while carrying prefabricated architectural elements for an early Byzantine church in the sixth century AD.“It was so nice to hear Terry speak about his late wife and her passion for Classics,” Bryk said. “It really made me reflect upon his donation and be even more grateful for the experiences I’ve had because of it.“I think that Trine Varcoe would be happy to see what we have been doing in her memory.” read more

Freshman pitcher Curtiss Irving (26) throws the ball to redshirt-junior Josh Dezse (33) during a game against Ball State April 17 at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU lost, 8-6.Credit: Brian Bassett / Lantern photographerIn order to finish out the final month of the regular season the way it wants to, the Ohio State baseball team needs to regroup in a series away from conference play.“It’s very good for us right now, we need to have some non-Big Ten play,” OSU coach Greg Beals said.After losses at West Virginia Tuesday and at home against Ball State the following day, the Buckeyes (21-17, 4-8) are scheduled to continue their non-conference slate with a three-game series against Murray State (16-18, 9-9) over the weekend at Bill Davis Stadium.Senior pitcher Greg Greve agreed with his coach and said the Buckeyes have to use this opportunity to compose themselves before hitting the road for a series with Purdue starting April 25.“It’s nice to kind of get a week off to regroup a little bit here, kind of figure a few things out,” Greve said. “That doesn’t mean that it’s any less pressure to win, but it’s nice for us as a team to try to get back on track.”With a 5-7 record in the month of April, Greve said the team is currently struggling, but it is important to think of the season in the long-term.“Obviously we’re a little down but you know it’s a long season, it’s a marathon, not a sprint. We’re going through a little bit of a rough stretch here but we know we’ve got the talent to win games,” Greve said. “We just have to stick with the process, keep doing the little things right and things will start to go our way.”Although he agreed the Murray State series could be a good time to “fix some little things,” redshirt-junior pitcher and first baseman Josh Dezse said he is anxious to get the chance to play another Big Ten team.“It kind of takes some of the pressure off, but I think some of us are eager to get going in the Big Ten, we got it rolling against Penn State and we need to keep that train going,” Dezse said, referring to how the Buckeyes took two of three from the Nittany Lions last weekend.Despite the recent skid, Dezse said the team’s mission is the same as it was when the season started.“I think there’s still a goal and the goal is to make the (NCAA) tournament and win the tournament,” Dezse said. “So our eyes are still set on our goal, I think the team’s demeanor is still all right and we’ll be fine.”Greve has been dominant in his last two starts against Nebraska and Penn State, throwing 15.0 scoreless innings while striking out five and only allowing nine hits.“I spotted up my fastball well last weekend (against Penn State), I was able to throw some off-speed (pitches) for strikes,” Greve said. “I just need to go out there and try to do the same thing, throw some strikes and let my defense get some outs for me.”First pitch against Murray State is set for Friday at 6:35 p.m. at Bill Davis Stadium. read more

Ohio State upperclassmen begin their fall camp. Senior wide receiver Dontre Wilson on the first day on fall camp. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Sports Editor On Saturday, the 2016 Ohio State football team moved into their living quarters at the Hyatt in Columbus, just outside of the university, until all students move into campus on Aug. 20. On Sunday, the team hit the field for the first time this season officially inaugurating the fifth season under coach Urban Meyer.As has been tradition in the program, the freshmen practice in the morning with the upperclassmen practicing in the afternoon. The freshmen will join the rest of the team in practice on Monday. The team will practice at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center until Wednesday when they will head over to the fields at Coffey Road until Aug. 20. OSU will be back at the WHAC on Aug. 22 for the rest of the season.The Lantern was at the two practice sessions today taking in a few observations.Freshmen Michael Jordan (OL), Austin Mack (WR) and Antonio Williams (RB) practiced with the upperclassmen instead of the freshmen.New offensive line coach Greg Studrawa expects a lot out of his guys, including the freshmenAmong others, senior H-back Dontre Wilson was working the speed option with redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett. Meyer said at Big Ten Media Days that Wilson could be one of the guys in the backfield for OSUFreshman Nick Bosa looked sharp and polished despite recovering from ACL injuryNo clear cut first team in the four individual session the media watchedPlaying time will be tough to come by at wide receiver. Nine upperclassmen, including Mack and excluding H-backs, vying for playing time.Barrett and Burrow showed on-par, if not above average, velocity on throws 10-plus yards read more

OSU then-sophomore attacker Colin Chell (22) prepares to shoot during a scrimmage against The Hill Academy on Jan. 30. Credit: Kylie Bryant | | For The LanternA stinging loss to No. 19 Marquette followed by a marginal win against Detroit Mercy was not what the then-No. 6 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team had in mind going into the Midwest Lacrosse Classic last weekend. But the now-No. 14 Buckeyes (5-1) have had a full week of practice to improve their play as they prepare to clash with Towson for their first game of the season at Ohio Stadium.The Tigers have stumbled to a sluggish 2-3 record this season with an 0-2 away record. But the Buckeyes aren’t counting them out, especially considering Towson’s previous performances against them.“This is a game that the last four years we’ve played them — twice last year and the two prior to that — you’re looking at two overtime games and two one-goal games,” Ohio State head coach Nick Myers said. “We anticipate it being a really healthy competition, seeing two teams collide and probably being something like that as it has been in the past.”The Buckeyes are 3-1 in the past four years against Towson, with their lone loss coming in the 2016 season by way of a 10-9 overtime decision. Last year, Ohio State managed a 6-3 mid-season win versus the Tigers, and followed that up with a dramatic 11-10 win in the NCAA semifinals, before losing to Maryland in the championship game. Towson brings Colonial Athletic Association player of the week Jon Mazza to the table. He is a 6-foot-4 junior attack who had a standout day for the Tigers in their 8-6 win against the University of Maryland, Baltimore County on Saturday. He recorded five goals and two assists. Myers specifically mentioned Towson junior midfielder Alex Woodall, who has won 72-of-105 draws, as a notable opponent for Ohio State’s own faceoff specialists — freshman midfielder Justin Inacio and sophomore midfielder Christian Feliziani. “They’re very disciplined. They typically don’t do anything to beat themselves, and they’re going to force you to beat them, which for us creates a really good challenge,” Myers said.Myers said Ohio State’s first loss on the road against the Golden Eagles on Friday created a sense of urgency among team members, forcing them to analyze the facets of their game that needed attention before going up against Towson. “I think it just starts with leadership, you know just taking that one-goal-at-a-time approach,” senior attack Colin Chell said. “I think it’s really settling the guys down, making sure we have good offensive possessions, making stops on defense, big ground balls at the [faceoff] and just taking it one possession and one goal at a time.”Saturday’s game will be the team’s first this season playing in Ohio Stadium, a fact that leaves players both excited and humbled.“I’ve been fortunate enough to play in there for three years – this’ll be my fourth year – and you know we’re just excited to get out there,” said Chell. “[We’re] pumped for these young guys to experience the Shoe – it’s a truly incredible experience.”The Buckeyes’ faceoff is slated to begin at 4 p.m. Saturday in Ohio Stadium. read more

first_imgThe Treasurer of Australia has today released the following statement. “I advise of progress in my consideration of the takeover proposal by China Minmetals Non-Ferrous Metals for 100% of OZ Minerals. Under the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975, all foreign investment applications are examined against Australia’s national interest. An important part of this assessment is whether proposals conform with Australia’s national security interests, in line with the principles that apply to foreign government related investments. OZ Minerals’ Prominent Hill mining operations are situated in the Woomera Prohibited Area in South Australia. The Woomera Prohibited Area weapons testing range makes a unique and sensitive contribution to Australia’s national defence. It is not unusual for governments to restrict access to sensitive areas on national security grounds. The Government has determined that Minmetals’ proposal for OZ Minerals cannot be approved if it includes Prominent Hill. I have informed Minmetals of this decision.”Discussions between the Foreign Investment Review Board and Minmetals are continuing in relation to OZ Minerals’ other businesses and assets, and the Government is willing to consider alternative proposals relating to those other assets and businesses.Commenting on the statement, OZ Minerals Limited Managing Director and CEO, Andrew Michelmore said, “OZ Minerals is now in discussion with Minmetals regarding possible changes to the proposed transaction structure in light of the Treasurer’s statement and will make a further announcement in this regard as soon as possible.”OZ Minerals remains in constructive negotiations with its banks regarding the pending extension of certain of its loan facilities due on 31 March 2009.last_img read more

first_imgOn 23rd June 2011, JKTech’s Dr Ying Gu was awarded the Innovation Heroes Award for 2011 by The Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering at the University of Sydney for his conception and development of the Mineral Liberation Analyser (MLA). This annual award is presented to Australian innovators who have developed new technology, developed it into a product or service, raised capital and commenced sales.The successful commercialisation of the new technology is a key criteria for winning the award, which has been recognising the achievements of Australian innovators since 2003. Recipients of the Innovation Heroes Award are judged not only on the merits of the innovation itself, but also on the overall benefits, economic and otherwise, flowing to Australia from the innovation. As the inventor of the Mineral Liberation Analyser (MLA), Dr Ying Gu, worked closely with his JKTech team for over a decade to establish the MLA as the global leader in automated mineralogy.JKTech’s MLA based service bureau business developed into a JV partnership with ALS in 2007 and the MLA sales business, including the MLA IP, was sold to FEI Company in 2009.  Both businesses continued to benefit significantly from the MLA technology, which resulted from research outcomes produced by the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC).last_img read more

first_imgOutotec has signed a contract with a major copper producer for the design and supply of two grinding mills, for their concentrator in Southern Africa. The order value, over EUR10 million, has been booked in Outotec’s 2017 fourth quarter order intake.Mills ordered for the project are a semi autogenous mill, and a ball mill, with associated ancillaries and installation supervisory services. Equipment will be delivered at end of 2018, for commissioning in early 2019.“We are pleased that our customer could continue this project for which we did basic engineering already in the earlier phase. The equipment supply is expected to contribute to extending the life of mine significantly”, notes Kimmo Kontola, head of Outotec’s Minerals Processing business unit.last_img read more

first_img RelatedPosts Amax reports significant 2019 losses after Greek Mythology write-off Hong Kong airport shut down as analysts warn protests having negative impact on Macau GGR In an emailed statement issued on Friday, Aruze Gaming representatives said that Okada was “pleased to announce that Hong Kong’s ICAC has released him from bail unconditionally this afternoon,” adding “he no longer needs to report to the ICAC and his bail money was returned to him unconditionally.”His Hong Kong arrest last year followed an original complaint by Universal subsidiary Tiger Resort Asia Ltd (TRA) accusing its founder of conspiracy to defraud Okada Holdings – the majority shareholder in Universal – of HK$135 million in 2015. Okada is alleged to have arranged a loan of HK$135 million from TRA to Goldluck Tech Limited to pay for artworks without requesting any collateral and without imposing any interest.TRA also filed a damages suit against Okada with Hong Kong’s high court in late 2017 relating to the loan as well as a second case in May 2015 in which Okada is alleged to have issued a bearer check in the amount of HK$16 million from a bank account under the name of TRA before withdrawing the HK$16 million from TRA’s account three days later based on the check.Okada was kicked off the Universal and TRA boards in June 2017.Okada’s release from bail follows the recent backing by the Philippine Department of Justice (DOJ) of a decision by the City Prosecutor’s Office of Parañaque to dismiss estafa charges against him in relation to the supply of LED strips for the exterior façade of Okada Manila in 2016.However, the DOJ has also recommended charges be filed against Okada for allegations of fraud during his tenure as Chairman of Okada Manila operator Tiger Resort Leisure and Entertainment, Inc, which is a subsidiary of TRA. Controversial gaming mogul Kazuo Okada has been granted an unconditional release from bail conditions previously imposed on him by Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), according to a statement from Aruze Gaming.Okada was arrested in Hong Kong in August 2018 in relation to fraud and corruption charges leveled by his former company, Universal Entertainment Corp, before being released on bail. Load More Greek Mythology write-off sees Amax International issue FY19 profit warning on widened losseslast_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Monday, July 1, 2019:#1) Minecraft MondayThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding Minecraft Monday at 3pm. Come play Minecraft with other enthusiasts.  Grades 1-5. Register HERE.#2) Wilmington Housing Authority MeetingThe Wilmington Housing Authority meets at 5pm in Deming Way’s Community Hall. Read the agenda HERE.#3) Senior Center ActivitiesThe Wilmington Senior Center (15 School Street) is holding its usual Monday activities — blood pressure clinic (9am); SBF Exercise Class (9:45am); Special Exercise Class (11am); and Wii Bowling (12:30pm).#4) Boys Soccer & Track Clinics StartDuring the summer, the Wilmington High School Athletic Department will be sponsoring a series of sports clinics for children in Grades 1-8.The clinics will be held at the Wilmington Middle School (25 Carter Lane). Please note this is a change from last year’s high school location.All clinics will be run by WHS Coaches, Alumni and Athletes.The cost of each clinic is $175 per child per clinic with the exception of Boys Soccer and Track, which has a cost $150 per child.  Additional clinic enrollment is discounted $25 per clinic.  (I.e. Siblings attending camps are $175 each; the next camp is $150 per child per clinic).Here is the summer sports clinic schedule:June 17 to June 21: Boys Basketball, Field HockeyJune 24 to June 28: Girls Basketball, Flag FootballJuly 1 to July 5 (no clinic on July 4): Boys Soccer, TrackJuly 8 to July 12: All SportsJuly 15 to July 19: Girls Soccer, VolleyballAll clinics, with the exception of Boys Soccer and Track, will run 8:30am-2:30pm Monday through Thursday and 8:30am -12:30pm on Friday. Boys Soccer and Track will run 8:30am – 2:30pm Monday- Friday (no session on 7/4).The focus of each clinic is the development of skills through activity based drills and scrimmages. The ultimate goal of the clinics is to develop children who enjoy participating in athletics.For additional clinic information and registration forms, click HERE.#5) Town Beach Open The Town Beach is open today.  Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 8pm. Admission is FREE for residents. Proof of residency is required. Learn more HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, June 17, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, July 15, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, July 8, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

first_imgLt. Col. Mike Shower prepares for an F-22 Raptor training sortie. (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott Wolfe)Senate Republicans have confirmed the appointment of Mike Shower to fill a vacancy in District E.Listen nowShower is a twenty-year veteran of the United States Air Force, and retired at the rank of lieutenant colonel.Senate President Pete Kelly praises Shower’s military service.“Alaska is home to more military veterans per capita than any state in the Union, and we hope Mr. Shower brings that culture of service to the Legislature as he works on behalf of the people of District E,” Kelly said.Kelly and his colleagues sent a letter to Governor Bill Walker on Thursday announcing the confirmation, which was signed by all thirteen Senate Republicans.Mike Shower’s confirmation puts an end to the back-and-forth between the governor and Senate Republicans over who would fill the seat vacated by Mike Dunleavy, who resigned in January to focus on his run for governor.Walker’s first nominee was retired businessman and current Mat-Su Borough Assembly Member Randall Kowalke. While Kowalke was a legal choice, Republicans rejected his appointment, since he was not on the original list of three candidates provided to the governor by the party.The next appointee for the seat, Thomas Braund, was on the shortlist. Shortly after his appointment, controversial statements Braund made on social media were widely reported. He subsequently withdrew his name from consideration, citing the need to care for a friend’s illness.Shower’s name was on a new shortlist requested by Governor Walker. The other people who the Republican Party nominated were former Alaska Right to Life executive director Christopher Kurka of Palmer, storeowner Doyle Holmes of Palmer and businesswoman Vicki Wallner of Palmer.last_img read more

first_imgMahindra, the diversified Indian business group with interests in automobiles, information technology and financial services, on Wednesday announced the formation of a Brazilian subsidiary that will eventually acquire a tractor distributing firm in the country.In a regulatory filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), the company said that it has incorporated CMN Solutions Q013 Participacoes Ltd, along with its wholly-owned subsidiary, Mahindra Overseas Investment Company (Mauritius).Read: Mahindra, Ola announce partnership to drive businessThe two companies will buy 100 percent stake in CMN Solutions to enable it to buy tractor distribution firm Bramont Montadora Industrial e Commercial de Veiculos S.A. (Bramont) in the company. Bramont is a shell company and has no operations as of now, Mahindra said.The cost of acquisition won’t exceed $8 million for Mahindra, according to the regulatory filing, which also said that the cash consideration will be paid upon approval by the Reserve Bank of India.Mahindra sold 2.14 lakh tractors in financial year 2015-16 and 12,327 in August this year.Mahindra shares ended at Rs. 1,407.50 apiece, down 0.16 percent from their previous close.For the quarter ended June 30, 2016, Mahindra posted 12.4 percent rise in net profit to Rs 955 crore on sales of Rs 11,800 crore.last_img read more

first_imgChief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda. File PhotoChief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda highly appreciated Awami League during his dialogue with the party.The chief election commissioner expressed his appreciation during his dialogue with AL at the commission on Wednesday.A 21-member Awami League delegation, led by its general secretary Obaidul Quader, joined the talks at the Nirbachan Bhaban.Nurul Huda said prime minister Sheikh Hasina has brought Bangladesh to the highway of development. He said the prime minister has been called ‘mother of humanity’ for tackling the Rohingya crisis diplomatically.KM Nurul Islam said, “The Election Commission is now independent. We have been enjoying more freedom than many other countries. The AL chief facilitated this.”After the statement of CEC, he started a closed-door meeting with the members of AL delegation and the meeting is going on.Earlier, AL leaders said they prepared an 11-point proposal, which will be placed during the dialogue with the EC.He said AL is an old political party. He lauded the dynamic leadership of Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy, Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani, Shamsul Haque, Year Ahmed, father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and present successful prime minister Sheikh Hasina.”We jointly liberated the country at the call of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on 7 March 2071. The liberation war and independence were achieved through the hands of Awami League. Bangabandhu concentrated on building the nation after his return home in 1972. He also founded the election commission. The national GDP reached a peak by 1974,” Nurul Huda said.”After the killing of Bangabandhu along with his family members in 1975, the black chapter began. Later four national leaders were killed in jail. Shiekh Hasina returned home in 1981. She became the chief of the party and the opposition leader, joining the election in 1986. Under her leadership, the government was formed in 1996. She tried the killers of Bangabandhu. After coming to power in 2008, she tried the war criminals. She has brought Bangladesh to the highway of development.”KM Nurul Islam said, “The election commission is now independent. We have been enjoying more freedom than many other countries. The AL chief facilitated this.”After the statement of CEC, he started close-door meeting with the members of AL delegation and the meeting is going on.Earlier, while meeting with Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), the CEC said BNP during its rule did good things. BNP founder Ziaur Rahman restored multi-party democracy, the CEC mentioned, adding that BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia was the first women prime minister in the country.last_img read more

first_img Share Creative Commons ImagesA Federal Court has ordered the IRS to repay Texas for an ACA tax on State Medicaid programs.A U.S. District Court decision has ordered the Internal Revenue Service to repay Texas and five other states more than $839 million because of an unlawful Affordable Care Act (ACA) tax on state Medicaid programs, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Tuesday. A news release from Paxton’s office detailed that Texas stands to be repaid $304 million.In October 2015, Paxton led a multi-state lawsuit against the federal government over the Obama-era regulation that threatened to curtail Medicaid funds unless Texas taxpayers paid a portion of the Health Insurance Providers Fee to help fund the ACA. The court’s decision also means that Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska and Wisconsin also stand to be repaid ACA fees by the IRS.Texas and Wisconsin will argue at a hearing on September 5 that the ACA, as amended by the recent tax bill, is unconstitutional in its entirety.last_img read more