a month agoDeparting DC United star Rooney insists MLS players underpaid

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Departing DC United star Rooney insists MLS players underpaidby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWayne Rooney says MLS players are underpaid.Currently with DC United, Rooney will leave the competition to return to England with Derby County in January.The league’s current bargaining agreement runs until January 31, 2020, and Rooney thinks players should demand more money.”I feel that American players get underpaid,” he told ESPN. “I feel they deserve to get more money to stay in line with football in the rest of the world but also in terms of the American sports.”I’m not saying it to benefit me, I obviously won’t be in the league next season. I think it’s only fair to those players who are putting in the same work as all have to earn the right to earn more money for doing it.”He added: “I think the flight issues, in terms of you get so many chartered flights, I believe if a team wants chartered flights than they should be able to charter as many they want. They should be able to do whatever they want with that.” last_img read more

Jamaicans Urged To Assist War Veterans By Donating To Poppy Appeal

first_img This has been the goal of the Island Council for Jamaica Legion, which maintains the Curphey Home in Newport, Manchester. Story Highlights Jamaicans are being encouraged to assist in the welfare of the country’s ex-service men, by donating to the cause. Through its annual National Poppy Appeal, now underway, the legion is seeking to raise funds to maintain the home. As the world community prepares to recognize the sacrifices of war veterans on Remembrance Day, Monday, November 11, Jamaicans are being encouraged to assist in the welfare of the country’s ex-service men, by donating to the cause.Having fought valiantly alongside servicemen from other countries, during the two most extensive global conflicts of all time – World War I (1914 to 1918) and World War II (1939 to 1945), it is only fitting that Jamaica’s war veterans be given the opportunity to enjoy their twilight years in comfort.This has been the goal of the Island Council for Jamaica Legion, which maintains the Curphey Home in Newport, Manchester, a residential facility for indigent ex-servicemen and women.Founded in 1958, the home, which is the only establishment of its kind in Jamaica, provides food, clothing and nursing for residents on a daily basis. There are currently 13 residents at the facility.Through its annual National Poppy Appeal, now underway, the legion is seeking to raise funds to maintain the home and assist the welfare of other ex-servicemen across the island.Chairman of the Legion, Colonel (Ret’d) Torrance Lewis, tells JIS News that in addition to running the Curphey Home, the funds go toward the general support of ex-servicemen through grants and pensions.He says that there are approximately 200 veterans still living across the island, who are no longer self-sufficient. The widows are also taken care of even when the war veterans pass on.“We would like people to contribute as much as possible. Every time they see a poppy tin, just drop something in it. That is the main source of getting funds to maintain the health of the ex-service men. Sometimes, they are people who have served before there was the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), they have no medical cover and so we have to finance their entire welfare. We also give the existing ex-service men, those who are needy, we give them a grant each month. In fact, we will be paying out a grant monthly to about 100 ex-servicemen,” he informs.Shortly before and during the observance of Remembrance Day, cans are normally distributed to collect funds in exchange for paper poppies. Colonel Lewis informs that the donation cans and poppies are placed in various stores, banks, and other places. Cadets are also on the streets with tins asking for donations.“We also send out letters to companies and the National Poppy Appeal has different fund raising sessions – band concerts, fish fry… whatever it is, different ways of raising money for the funds, and the aim usually is to try and get as much as would maintain the Curphey Home, which cost in the region of about $6 million or $7 million a year to maintain it,” he notes.Colonel Lewis informs that the Jamaica Legion gets a grant from the Government of about $650,000 a month to assist the ex-soldiers. The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and the British World Government League also provide support.For war veteran, Arthur (Roy) Knight, this gesture to improve the lives and recognise the contributions of ex-servicemen is significant, as during the wars, they faced injury and death every day, even while not on duty.Only 20 years old when he enlisted, the now 88 year-old former Right Lieutenant, who served in the Royal Air Force during World War II, tells JIS News that he risked his life to serve his country and to ensure a free world.“If Germany had won the war, we would be slaves. So I felt very well to have served. (Adolph) Hitler wasn’t a nice man you know? Hitler was a serious man; he wanted to conquer the world,” he asserts.There were about 4, 000 to 5,000 Jamaicans, who were involved in the wars. Many Jamaicans served in the Royal Air Force. Others joined the ground forces of the British army and the Canadian forces.The nation will celebrate Remembrance Day or Veterans’ Day (as it is referred to in the United States) on Sunday, November 10, with the annual Memorial Day ceremony at the War Memorial epitaph, National Heroes Park.The day is observed in Jamaica on the Sunday closest to the November 11 day, when the First World War came to an end.In addition to the national ceremony, which will feature cannon blasts and moments of silence for the veterans, Remembrance Day celebrations will be held island-wide. Members of the public are invited to attend any of these ceremonies at epitaphs in all parish capitals, which are organised by the custodes and parish councils.The National Heroes Park celebrations will include: uniformed groups parade and laying of floral tributes by the Governor-General, the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition, the Chief Justice, Mayor of Kingston, JDF Chief of Defence Staff, Commissioner of Police, as well as several representatives from the diplomatic corps.The Commissioner of Corrections, Chairman of the Jamaica Legion and representatives of St. John Ambulance and the Royal Air Force, will also place floral tributes in memory for those who died in the war while serving the country.last_img read more

Chinese Yards Take the Bulk of Last Weeks Bulker Orders

first_imgzoom Chinese shipbuilders have secured the majority of last week’s reported orders, bolstering further China’s status as a top shipbuilding nation.New Times Shipbuilding has won a contract for the construction of eight 63,000 dwt bulkers from Cyprus-based Frontmarine, according to Allied Shipping Research.The ships are slated for delivery in 2020 and are valued at USD 26.5 million apiece, pushing the total value of the deal to USD 212 million. The deal is said to include additional options.Qingdao Wuchuan Heavy Industries has been tied to an order for up to eight 86,000 dwt bulkers. Chinese owner Fujian Guohang Ocean is said to be behind the contract, which includes three firm ships and options for five newbuilds, Asiasis said.The trio is scheduled for completion in 2019 and is estimated to have fetched around USD 90 million in investment.South Korean counterpart Hyundai Heavy Industries has reportedly won an order for two 400,000 dwt bulkers from compatriot Hyundai Glovis, while Japanese yards, including Tsuneishi, Sasebo Heavy Industries, and Mitsui Engineering nabbed orders for one small bulker each.Separately, Chinese Chengxi Shipyard has been linked to an order for up to four 56,000 dwt tankers, placed by HK Kai Sheng International Shipping, data from Allied Shipping shows.Under the terms of the deal, the Chinese yard will build two tankers, scheduled for completion in 2019 and 2020 respectively. Two additional units are optional.The newbuildings are priced at around USD  30 million apiece.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

NPTC plans 5000mw ultramega solar plant worth Rs 20000 crore

first_imgMumbai: National energy major NTPC is planning to set up an ultra-mega solar park in the Kutch region of Gujarat that will produce up to 5,000 mega watts and involve an investment of Rs 20,000 crore or more. “We are looking at setting up an ultra-mega solar park in the Kutch and also one in Rajasthan. In the Kutch, we are planning to produce 5,000 mw at an investment of around Rs 4 crore per mw, taking the total investment to Rs 20,000 crore. We are looking at two-three locations in the Kutch. We will invite others to invest as well,” NTPC chairman and managing director Gurdeep Singh told reporters here Monday. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalHe said, the company is also looking at Rajasthan for setting up an ultra mega solar park. “But the amount of energy that will be produced and the quantum of investment required will be decided after the location is finalised,” he added. Further, he said NTPC is also planning to tie up with municipalities to produce electricity from solid waste. “Since last year we have been running a pilot project in Banaras in UP that converts bio-waste into electricity. Now we are planning to do a similar project with the East Delhi Municipal Corporation to produce 20 mw a day and we will float the tender over the next 30 months. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”However we are in more advanced stages of talks with the Surat civic body as we have available land and we are planning to award the contract soon,” he said. The company has a similar plan for Ladakh as well, Singh added. “We are keen to partner with more municipal bodies for waste management. Our only demand is that they must deliver waste to the plant,” he added. NTPC is also looking at good projects to acquire through the bankruptcy process. “At present there are not many good projects in NCLTs, we are looking at three projects, one hydro asset of 100 mw and two coal-based assets of 600 mw each. We are open to projects in hydro, coal and renewal as well,” he added.last_img read more

Liberals to spend more on Indigenous children

first_imgTodd LamirandeAPTN NewsPart of the federal Liberal government’s pre-election budget will spend more on Indigenous children.The party plans to put more money into everything from social services to education to healthcare.Especially, it says, the program known as Jordan’s Principle, which is supposed to even the treatment field for children with disabilities.last_img

Volatile security in Darfur limiting UN aid workers access to needy

Direct attacks against humanitarian workers, acts of banditry and fighting among rebel groups mean the UN has access to less than 80 per cent of beneficiaries, well below the rates achieved in 2004, according to UNMIS.The mission said it is also worried that the security conditions inside some camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) are so poor that humanitarian operations there have been placed at risk. In Zamzam camp in North Darfur, the presence of arms belonging to elements of the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA), one of the region’s rebel groups, is raising concerns. Last Thursday IDPs killed three government workers and a police officer at Zalengi camp in West Darfur.The reports come as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sudan, Jan Pronk, completed a two-day tour of South Darfur as part of his regular visits to the three states in the region.Mr. Pronk met South Darfur’s governor and members of the local government yesterday, also holding talks with local UN staff and non-governmental organization (NGO) workers and inspecting a government-run camp for about 13,500 IDPs at Sureif.Scores of thousands of people have been killed and more than two million others have been displaced since 2003 because of fighting between Sudanese Government forces, allied militias and rebels that has led to claims of civilian massacres, rapes and other atrocities. read more

South Sudan amid ongoing tensions UN confirms situation back to normal at

According to information provided by the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), around a dozen armed soldiers belonging to the SPLA advanced yesterday on the perimeter of the Bentiu camp in Unity state where over 47,000 people uprooted by the recent violence in the country are said to be sheltering. “The soldiers were asked not to enter the camp and did not get inside, but their presence resulted in panic among those sheltering at the site,” UN Spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric, told reporters in New York. “No weapons were fired and the situation returned to normal several hours later,” he added. Mr. Dujarric noted that UNMISS reminded all parties of the “inviolability of UN premises” and said the mission had reaffirmed its “resolve to defend its protection of civilian sites and personnel.” South Sudan has experienced several bouts of violence over the past few months, including an incident in which the UN base in Bentiu came under fire resulting in the wounding of one child. Meanwhile, a prior attack caused hundreds of people to seek shelter at the nearest airport. Approximately 340 civilians took shelter with UNMISS troops, and then were escorted to safety.Political in-fighting between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy, Riek Machar, started in mid-December 2013 and subsequently turned into a full-fledged conflict that has sent nearly 100,000 civilians fleeing to UNMISS bases around the country. The crisis has uprooted some 1.5 million people and placed more than 7 million at risk of hunger and disease. read more

Waitrose magazine editor causes outrage by joking about killing vegans

The editor of Waitrose magazine has caused widespread outrage by joking about killing vegans.William Sitwell, who is also a Masterchef critic, provoked anger after calling those on plant-based diets “hypocritical” in an email to a freelance journalist.The editor wrote as a response to a pitch about vegan recipes for the magazine: “Thanks for this. How about a series on killing vegans, one by one. Ways to trap them?He continued, in the email published by BuzzFeed: “How to interrogate them properly? Expose their hypocrisy? Force-feed them meat? Make them eat steak and drink red wine?”The vegan journalist, Selene Nelson, told the website she had “never seen anything like it,” adding: “If William Sitwell wants to continue eating meat and hating vegans, that’s his prerogative, but to have this attitude towards others when he’s representing Waitrose is seriously bizarre.”She said: “I’ve written about many divisive topics, like capital punishment and murder cases and domestic violence, and I’ve never had a response like that to any of my articles or pitches. “And he’s the editor. He’s representing Waitrose and he’s talking about ‘killing vegans, one by one’?”Waitrose Magazine claims to have a circulation of over 600,000 and boasts star columnists including Pippa Middleton and Yotam Ottolenghi as columnists.This is likely to cause embarrassment for Waitrose, which has recently launched a new range of vegan foods, and was the first major retailer to start a dedicated vegan section.A spokesperson said the supermarket was “thrilled” to introduce the new line, which includes ready meals like pizza, vegan mac & cheese, and vegan fishcakes, as well as staples like mayonnaise.Mr Sitwell apologised in a statement, saying:  “I love and respect people of all appetites be they vegan, vegetarian or meat eaters, which I show week in week out through my writing, editing and broadcasting. I apologise profusely to anyone who has been offended or upset by this.”A spokesperson for Waitrose said: “Even though this was a private email William’s gone too far and his words are extremely inappropriate, insensitive and absolutely do not represent our views.”We’ll be taking up this matter with William.”Waitrose shoppers have said they will boycott the brand because of Mr Sitwell’s anti-vegan email.John McLaren-Stewart, the CEO of an insurance broker firm, said: “Oops, what an a–hole thing to say. At least one regular @Waitrose shopper lost (me!).”Another Twitter user, Jojo, added: “What the hell ⁦@waitrose⁩? This is real classy given that you just introduced a whole new range of vegan options. Fire him immediately or I’m never shopping with you again.”Jenny Marie tweeted: “Yo, let @waitrose know if you’ll be shopping elsewhere from now on. I will. Which is a shame, because I’ve been a regular online grocery customer for a long time.” 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. read more

Volvo to establish BRIC technology centre in China

first_imgVolvo Construction Equipment plans to build a design and technology centre that will concentrate on the development of products and components targeted at the needs of customers in the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) countries, as well as devising appropriate areas for co-operation between Volvo’s SDLG and Volvo brands. The approximately $40 million investment will see the centre built in Jinan, the capital city of Shangdong Province. A city of six million, it is home to a talent pool of engineers drawn from its universities and engineering focused industries. A temporary design centre is to be established in rented premises in Jinan during the construction phase, with the new centre becoming fully operational in 2012. Recruitment of engineers will begin during the third quarter of 2010, with 20 people in place by year end, rising rapidly to 60 by the end of 2011, 120 engineers by the end of 2012 and ultimately reaching its full complement of 180 people during 2013.“This investment builds on our existing strength in product design, and is a significant vote of confidence in the competence of Chinese designers,” says Anders P. Larsson, head of Technology for Volvo Construction Equipment. “It also creates a closer bond between the Volvo and Lingong organisations, leveraging synergies as well as reinforcing the company’s strategic commitment to producing products tailored to the needs of customers in the BRIC countries.”last_img read more

From the boardroom to the rock face – the Open Group publishes

first_imgThe Open Group has published the Exploration and Mining Business Reference Model (EM Model), the first deliverable developed by the Exploration, Mining, Metals and Minerals Vertical (EMMMvTM) forum. Member organisations from Australia, South Africa, and the United Kingdom created the standard to be an industry business process model that defines the common activities for organisations in the exploration and mining sectors. The EM Model establishes an operational blueprint for organisations that impacts the definition of business activities across the industry and provides standard operating practices and support for vendors in their delivery of technical and business solutions to the industry. “The EM Model is the result of a truly global, collaborative effort to provide the exploration and mining industries with a common language and a common definition of business activities so organisations are confident their operations are understood. This will enable them to focus their ongoing efforts on differentiating activities that will provide competitive advantage,” said Sarina Viljoen, EMMMv forum director, Real IRM. “We’re confident that the model caters to business activities of exploration and mining organisations focused on all types of metals and minerals and believe the model is the first step towards aligning the conversations around topics such as shared services, health, safety and the environment. As the first vertical industry standard produced by The Open Group, the EM model defines the business processes that span both business and technology in a way that we like to call from the boardroom to the rock face.”The EM Model, as the first deliverable of a proposed set of reference models for EMMMv, is focused on the business processes of the industry. Although the model spans all of the processes within the scope of exploration and mining, organisations that focus on a subset of the processes will still find the model useful. These types of organisations will concentrate only on the activities defined in the standard that are applicable to their core business.By classifying and defining the business activities applicable to exploration and mining for metals and minerals, organisations and their suppliers and partners using the EM model are able to speak a common language when discussing business activities, solutions and services. The standard and the subsequent associated reference models facilitate an improved information exchange within organisations, giving different organisational stakeholders a shared understanding of the information required to execute business activities and the roles required to support them.The EMMMv forum is a global collaborative that was formed in 2008 under the auspices of The Open Group to set enterprise architecture standards for the exploration, mining, metals and minerals industries. As the first initiative of its kind worldwide it oversees the creation of reference models specific to the industry. Founding members include Real IRM, the official representative of The Open Group in South Africa, Datamine, Lonmin, Rio Tinto Mining and Exploration and The Open Group itself. Today, nine organisations have joined EMMMV.To download the new EM Model, and for further information on the EMMMv, please visit http://www.opengroup.org/emmmv/last_img read more

Bulletstorm under fire by clinical psychologists

first_imgEven before Bulletstorm’s February 22 release date the “M” for mature rated game is under fire. Clinical psychologists are complaining it is too violent and carries sexual explicit language that could be damaging to the younger generation if they got hold of a copy of the game.With Bulletstorm featuring frequent F-words, rewards for shooting bad guys in their private parts, and a skill shot system that uses sexual references i.e. “topless” equals cutting a player in half and “gang bang” equals killing multiple enemies, it’s not hard to see why the game is coming under fire.Dr. Jerry Weichman, clinical psychologist at the Hoag Neuroscience Institute in California, believes that:If a younger kid experiences Bulletstorm’s explicit language and violence, the damage could be significant. Violent video games like Bulletstorm have the potential to send the message that violence and insults with sexual innuendos are the way to handle disputes and problems. Also Carol Lieberman, another psychologist and book author, feels that similar acts highlighted in the above game have led to real-world sexual violence:The increase in rapes can be attributed in large part to the playing out of sexual scenes in video games. Violence in video games has always caused arguments, which is one of the reasons why games of this nature are governed by a rating of “M” for mature by The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB). This system allows parents to see what games are not suitable for their children, however a lot of analysts believe that the system is rubbish because it is not enforced at retail.Melanie Killen, a professor at the University of Maryland has been one such person to push for tighter laws on the sale of videogames. She believes that 9-year-olds are playing games similar to Bulletstorm and there is no real enforcement and no fixed penalties for retailers who are selling the games to kids.However, this is not entirely true as California law now makes it illegal for a merchant to sell a “M” rated game to a minor, and if caught they face a $1,000 fine. Yet the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has been trying to overturn this law with Hal Halping, the president of the above company telling Fox News that:Between a great ratings system, parental controls on the consoles and the major retailers inhibiting the sale of Mature-rated games to minors, the matter is really one for parents and adults to consider, individually. I respect the creative rights of game developers to make a game like Bulletstorm in the same way that I appreciate Quentin Tarantino’s right to make over-the-top movies like Kill Bill. Either way the arguments will continue on both sides and no doubt you will have your own opinions about this, but you can judge for yourself to some degree by checking out this trailer.Read more at Fox Newslast_img read more

Greek Culture Ministry registers itself as official owner of Acropolis

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The emblematic Parthenon and its surrounds nearly went down on the Greek registry as belonging to an ‘unknown owner’.Giorgos Dimitriou, head of the company in charge of the land registry, stated that the government had failed to register ownership of Acropolis Hill.Rectifying this, the Greek Ministry of Culture released a statement declaring its ownership while putting an end to speculation that ancient monuments had been turned over to foreign funds. In its announcement, the Greek Ministry of Culture said:“As is well-known, the ownership rights of the Greek public sector on monuments that comprise a special category of public property exempted from market transactions are non-negotiable and exercised by the Ministry of Culture on behalf of the Greek people, to whom they belong throughout time.“The services of the Ministry of Culture have filed statements for the properties it owns, for the archaeological sites and for the monuments. During this process, the parties involved raised the issue of property ownership documentation for the monuments themselves, without having understood their special status. The uniqueness of registering ancient monuments as “things” that do not carry ownership rights documentation has been noted repeatedly and has finally been understood, since the rights the Ministry of Culture has over them are based on archaeology-related legislation. In this way, the exclusive jurisdiction of the Ministry of Culture to register archaeological sites and monuments in the Greek Cadastre has been recognised.“Given the above, and after settling the nonexistent issue of the lack of property ownership for the Acropolis as well, the Ministry of Culture went ahead and registered itself as its ex lege rightful owner. The creation of false impressions around the above issues lacks meaning.”last_img read more

The cup is important to us Puel

first_imgThe Leicester City manager Claude Puel has said the match against Southampton tomorrow night at King Power Stadium will be very difficultLeicester City will play tomorrow night in the Carabao Cup against Southampton at King Power Stadium.And for manager Claude Puel, the match will be difficult, but they will treat it with the dignity it deserves.“I need to see my players and look at their recovery,” Puel told LeicestershireLive.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“Maguire and Ghezzal are definitely not going to play – they will not be available.”“I don’t know for the moment what players we can use against Southampton but I’m sure we will continue with the spirit and we want to perform in this cup because it’s important for the squad, important for the club,” he explained.“It’s a possibility to win something at the end of the season and we will give our best every time and we will see the players at the start. We have to manage all the things and difficulties.”“The cup is important for us,” he concluded.last_img read more

Vancouver police union will start mediation Monday

first_imgApart by about $8 million in salaries — and a new random drug testing policy — Vancouver and its police union are set to start contract mediation Monday.The city and the Vancouver Police Guild, which represents about 180 rank-and-file officers, have been unable to agree on a new contract. The old one expired at the end of 2011. The sides agreed to a third-party mediator to attempt to unite the two proposed contracts.But that may be tricky: While the two sides are stuck on the size of salary increases and other financial issues, if the battle between Portland and its police union is any indication, the random drug testing policy may be the biggest battle.Portland and its police union sparred over the policy, which the city implemented against union wishes in January. Union members filed agrievance asking the city to “cease and desist,” objecting to the cost, and also to the inclusion of steroids in the testing.Vancouver’s random drug test policy seems couched from Portland’s policy, with both cities using the terminology that police and administration have a “joint desire to achieve a workforce that is 100 percent drug free.”At least half of all officers would be randomly chosen for testing each year. The test would screen officers for use of marijuana, opiates, cocaine, amphetamines and phencyclidine or PCP. Anabolic steroids could also be included.last_img read more

UPDATE Some schools closed today due to icy roads

first_imgPersistent freezing rain has closed some schools in the central and north parts of Clark County today. Battle Ground, the county’s third-largest district, announced its north end schools would be closed, including BGHS, Tukes Valley, Amboy, Yacolt, CAM, SVHS and RHL.Private schools in the Battle Ground area were closed today, too.Several auto accidents were reported this morning as roads remained covered in black ice.In the metro area, temperatures rose overnight, melting a light skim of ice that fell as freezing rain after dark Monday. Vancouver’s temperature was measured at 34 degrees at Pearson Field at 4:53 a.m., according to National Weather Service equipment. No new precipitation was in the forecast.For up-to-date school closure information, click here: announced public school closuresThe National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement warning of stagnant air, as high pressure builds into the area over the next few days. That in turn prompted the Southwest Clean Air Agency to issue a Stage 1 burn ban. People are not allowed to set fires outdoors, nor use fireplaces or older, non-certified woodstoves until air quality improves.Freezing fog is possible after dark for each of the next several days.last_img read more

Judiciary Police arrest one clear junkets over cryptocurrency subscription scheme

first_img Crown cites “robust process” for junket vetting as government calls for parliamentary inquiry Casinos can innovate – and win new fans The Only Way is Up Macau’s Judiciary Police have detained a local man for his involvement in a cryptocurrency subscription allegedly being falsely promoted by Lantai Digital Application Technology.In a media briefing on Friday, a Judiciary Police spokesman confirmed that the man – a 37-year-old named only as Hong – was linked to a group said to have falsely provided information designed to convince people to subscribe to the cryptocurrency. RelatedPosts Load More It follows a press conference held by Lantai Digital Application Technology last Tuesday in which the company claimed to be working with a number of Macau junket operators. Many of those operators officially denied any involvement.Speaking to media on Friday, Judiciary Police spokesman Lei Hon Nei confirmed that “we have not found any Macau junkets that have worked with [Lantai Digital Application Technology] on the development of its cryptocurrency.”The company had been looking to issue two billion subscriptions for a total realization of HK$6 billion.The Monetary Authority of Macao (AMCM) has also issued an official warning over potential fraud and criminal activities related to recent cryptocurrency subscription announcements.In a statement published on its website, the AMCM said it “warns residents in general about the need to be careful about any frauds that may exist or with the possibility of being exploited for the practice of any criminal activity, since bitcoin is a ‘virtual commodity’ – that is, it is neither a legal currency nor a financial instrument.“The AMCM once again emphasizes the possible breach of the provisions of the Legal Framework of the Financial System if an institution provides financial services subject to AMCM supervision by any means such as currency conversion, cross-border fund transfers or platform provision where financial transactions are traded, which have not been duly authorized.“AMCM has officially issued a notice to all banks and payment institutions that they will not participate in or provide, directly or indirectly, any financial services related to the virtual currency, including financial services where the virtual merchandise is adopted as the payment currency. In addition, the AMCM has repeatedly alerted, through the media, residents in general to the need to be careful about the risks that such practices involve.”last_img read more

Nikiski Teen Awarded 2019 State Youth of the Year

first_imgPerry has been involved with the Boys and Girls Club of the Kenai Peninsula for 13 years, in an essay she wrote: “The supportive staff, empowering environment, and belief in my future inspired me to give back.” Perry is now an employee with the Boys and Girls Club: “I have worked there through my entire high school career. I still feel the love that I felt 13 years ago. There is nothing more rewarding than helping them discover that they too have unlimited potential.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A senior from Nikiski Middle High School was named the 2019 State of Alaska Youth of the Year, according to a release from the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula. Perry will now travel to California in May to compete at the regional event for the chance to compete at the Boys and Girls Club of America’s National Youth of the Year event. Samantha Perry traveled to Fairbanks and competed with other Boys and Girls Club members from across the state.In a release from the Boys and Girls Club, in addition to being a member of the National Honor Society, and student council, Perry also has a long list of school activities and community involvement.last_img read more

Former Anchorage man indicted in Iranian money laundering scheme

first_img(Courtesy of U.S. Department of Justice)An indictment in a bizarre international money laundering scheme was released from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Anchorage today. $1 billion that was being held in Seoul South Korea, was spirited out of the country through a scheme perpetrated by a former Anchorage man. Assistant U.S. attorney Steve Skrocki prosecuted the case.Listen NowSkrocki said former Anchorage resident Kenneth Zong, created a scheme to assist several Iranian nationals and banks from Iran into subverting Korean government restrictions on the use of Iranian funds. He spoke with Alaska Public Media’s Lori Townsend:TOWNSEND: “What was Zong doing?”SKROCKI: “By creating this false scheme, the Iranian co-conspirators of his directed him to send Iranian held funds that should have stayed in Korea, by Korean law, out to various parts of the world to approximately $1 billion.”TOWNSEND: “Where, who was the money going to? What was the purpose of these transfers?”SKROCKI: “The indictment doesn’t list who the money was going to, but the indictment does list approximately 10 foreign countries ranging from Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, Canada, Switzerland, Austria and Germany and those countries and others including the United States is where that $1 billion was transferred out of Korea to those countries and individuals in those countries.”TOWNSEND: “How did the scheme work?”SKROCKI: “As listed in the indictment, Mr Zong and his Iranian conspirators developed a false business, where they would falsely order marble from the Middle East and have it shipped through one of Mr Zong’s companies to Iran. They would falsify virtually all of the paperwork in connection with this false purchase and transport submitted to Korean authorities as legitimate and once the Korean authorities reviewed it, not knowing it was not legitimate, they would then issue payment to Mr Zong who then obtained the payment in Iranian money and then directed that money outside of that controlled environment to the worldwide financial market.”TOWNSEND: “How was Mr. Zong discovered?”SKROCKI: “Mr Zong’s activities were discovered by the Korean authorities and they were subsequently made available to us after that discovery.”TOWNSEND: “Is it known how much he made or members of his organization or his family?” The indictment charges that Mr Zong received anywhere from 10 million to 17 million dollars(U.S.) as commission or fees for orchestrating and being the center of this fraud. TOWNSEND: You mentioned earlier Mr. Skrocki that $1 billion had been laundered. Has that money been recovered?SKROCKI: “It has not.”TOWNSEND: “How about the money that was paid to Mr. Zong, the $10-17 million dollars? Has that been recovered?”SKROCKI: “As charged in the indictment again, the money that made it into Anchorage was approximately close to 10 million dollars and that was spent on personal residences, private property, vehicles, other investments. The majority of those properties and funds have been seized by the government and forfeited by the government last spring and so a substantial amount of that has been recovered.”TOWNSEND: Is there any reason he was doing this from Alaska?SKROCKI: “As charged, all of the activity that Mr Zong perpetrated in connection with this crime was all done in Korea, so the Alaska connection was his commission or the fees paid of the $10 million that was transferred from Korea to various banks here in Anchorage and that’s where the Anchorage connection is.”TOWNSEND: “Is it known what the $1 billion was to be used for?”SKROCKI: “We don’t have any idea as to what that money went to.”TOWNSEND: “Will there be more charges against him or others?”SKROCKI: “That’s not something I can comment on but the investigation is ongoing and has been for several years and we’ve not yet completed it.”TOWNSEMD: “Mr. Skrocki, is this the largest money laundering scheme the DOJ has ever handled?”SKROCKI: “I can’t speak for the Department of Justice, I would have to say, probably not but certainly for our office, $1 billion is probably the largest that our office has ever seen.”TOWNSEND: “There is so much concern about information on the Internet, what’s real and what isn’t. We’ve seen a lot of concern about that, especially recently. What’s learned after a case like this? Does it at all help to strengthen financial controls? Or what kind or what kind of things are learned and applied after you successfully prosecute a case such as this one?”SKROCKI: “As the indictment states, this case was primarily out of Seoul, South Korea. Once the Korean authorities became aware of the nature of the fraud, they implemented stricter controls with respect to their trade agreement with Iran and how money is transferred back and forth between the two countries because they do have their own sovereign trade agreements. So once they became aware of it, they strengthened their rules. Our rules under the charges that Mr. Zong is facing are very strict, without getting approval from the Office of Foreign Asset Control, American citizens cannot, for the most part, do any kind of business whatsoever with the government of Iran.”TOWNSNED: “Is it known how the money was spent in Alaska?”SKROCKI: “The indictment charges that Mr Zong and an unindicted co-conspirator, who’s not listed at this time, conspired to spend the money in Alaska in various different ways, with the purchase of homes, condominium complexes, a Bentley vehicle, a Porsche and other significant money transfers, including 800,000 dollars of the 10 million that came to Alaska was wired back to Mr Zong in South Korea.”TOWNSEND: “Have those properties been seized?”SKROCKI: “They have been seized. They were seized in April of 2014. They all have been under a forfeiture proceeding with the United States District Court here and over several months our forfeiture division in the office reached an accommodation with the people who owned the property so most of the property has been seized or disposed of.”last_img read more

THEARC Celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month

first_imgBuilding Bridges Across the River at THEARC will hold their final Double Time Jazz concert of the Spring on April 25 featuring Jazz flutist, Bobbi Humphrey. Sponsored WC Smith & the DC Commission On the Arts & Humanities, the concert series offers a schedule of offer world-class jazz performances to the communities east of the Anacostia River for affordable prices, as well as serves as a catalyst for inter-generational dialogue and collaboration. The first Double Time Jazz concert of 2014 featured the Grammy Award Winning band, Snarky Puppy; the second highlighted the string stylings of musician and songstress, Shana Tucker. Last year, Double Time Jazz at THEARC held a tribute concert to jazz legend, Donald Byrd, with a very special performance by The Blackbyrds. For three decades now, Humphrey has been playing her special brand of music to audiences around the world. Jazz great, Dizzy Gillespie first discovered Humphrey during a talent contest at Southern Methodist University, and encouraged her to pursue a musical career in New York City. After following his advice, she received her big break while performing at the Apollo Theatre on Amateur Night. She eventually began playing regularly throughout the city, and even met and performed with music legends including Duke Ellington, Lee Morgan and Stevie Wonder. This will be her second time at THEARC Theater during the Double Time Jazz concert series. For more information, visit: www.thearcdc.orglast_img read more