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UN has no influence on ICC Ban tells Sudans PresidentUN has no influence on ICC Ban tells Sudans President

13 July 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has emphasized to Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir the independence of the International Criminal Court, amid reports that ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo is preparing to seek an indictment against the African Head of State. During a telephone conversation yesterday with Mr. Al-Bashir, Mr. Ban stressed that the UN Secretary-General does not have any influence on the ICC Prosecutor. He also indicated to the President that he was concerned by a declaration made by the Permanent Representative of Sudan which linked the initiative of the ICC Prosecutor with the two UN peacekeeping operations deployed to Sudan. Mr. Ban told a news conference last Thursday that he was not in a position to mention anything about the impending indictment until there was an official announcement by the ICC. “In principle, I believe that peace and justice should go hand in hand. Justice can be a part of the peace process, but peace without justice cannot be sustainable,” he added. “But I will have to assess the whole situation when there is an announcement by the ICC.”During their conversation, the Secretary-General also voiced his grave concern about the scale and brutality of the deadly 8 July attack on a joint patrol of the joint UN-African Union force in Darfur, known as UNAMID. He asked the President to investigate the circumstances of the attack, which left seven peacekeepers dead and 19 wounded. read more

Mitel Networks sees more growth in North America with lots of potentialMitel Networks sees more growth in North America with lots of potential

by News Staff Posted Jul 5, 2012 3:41 pm MDT Mitel Networks sees more growth in North America with lots of potential in U.S. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Despite economic uncertainty in the United States, telecom company Mitel Networks Corp. expects growth from small and medium-sized American businesses with its communications and Internet Protocol telephony services.“It still has tremendous potential for us,” president and CEO Richard McBee said of the U.S. market in an interview Thursday.The “sweet spot” for Mitel’s telecom services is U.S. businesses with 25 employees and small enterprises with about 1,000 employees, he said.Mitel (TSX:MNW) has customers in more than 100 countries, but McBee still sees plenty of growth in North America overall.“The reality for Mitel is there’s a lot of room for us to run in the U.S. and Canada, so we’ll be focusing there first.”The almost 40-year-old Ottawa company recently listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange to broaden its shareholder base after being traded on the NASDAQ since 2010.McBee, who became chief executive 18 months ago, noted the amount of software in phones and networks is “very big.”“Whether it’s any type of mobile device, whether it’s a mobile phone or whether it’s an iPad, or whether it’s a desk phone, we have software that link all of things together that allow a seamless experience for them to basically connect business,” he said.Mitel also is known as a leader in what’s called “virtualization,” a software service that allows companies to have fewer data servers for all of their applications such as web meetings, voice communications, call routing and video.The initial public offering for Mitel shares in 2010 listed the stock at US$14 on the Nasdaq market,, but they were trading at $4.43 in the U.S. and on the TSX at $4.51 on Thursday.Mitel reports its first-quarter results on Aug. 30 after the markets close.M Partners analyst Ron Shuttleworth, whose firm was the first to initiate Canadian coverage of Mitel, said the company is known for its software service that helps companies use fewer servers for their applications.“When you’re not running a gigantic bank of servers, you don’t have to hire too many guys to watch the servers,” he said. “This is what’s giving them the winning edge in this space.”He agreed with McBee’s assessment of Mitel’s future growth.“Mitel is building a brand in the mid-market in the United States,” said Shuttleworth, who has a share price target of $7 for the company.“In North America Mitel Networks ranks third behind Cisco and Avaya,” he said in a recent research note. “In the UK, due to a favourable channel relationship with British Telecom, Mitel ranks second behind only Cisco.”Shuttleworth said potential headwinds for Mitel include competitors offering the same software services and the Canadian company’s future services missing the mark.Mitel was founded in 1973 and was one of Canada’s early technology success stories with sales of office phone systems to companies and public sector agencies around the world.A predecessor of the company was also publicly traded on Canada’s largest stock exchange before Mitel was purchased in the 1980s and taken private. It has since gone through numerous transformations, including its split from Zarlink Semiconductors several years ago.Mitel is one of a few tech companies to list on the TSX in the last couple of years while companies such as RuggedCom, Miranda Technologies and Zarlink have been acquired. read more

Nuclear ambitions of DPR Korea and Iran top agenda at UNbacked nonproliferationNuclear ambitions of DPR Korea and Iran top agenda at UNbacked nonproliferation

Speaking at the start of the conference, the head of the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (ODA), Angela Kane, urged member states to create an enabling environment that will help to address nuclear threats posed by the DPRK and Iran. “The whole raison d’être of this review process is to focus on implementation of commitments relating to the treaty’s three pillars, nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation and peaceful uses of nuclear energy,” Ms. Kane said.“What is most needed now in NPT arenas is to revive a sense of forward progress, however slow, however difficult it may be,” she added. The two-week Geneva preparatory committee meeting focuses on a range of issues to prepare the agenda for the 2015 Review Conference. The NPT, a landmark international treaty which entered into force in 1970, aims to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology, to promote cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and to further the goal of achieving nuclear disarmament and general and complete disarmament.The DPRK withdrew from the NPT in 2003, but Iran remains a signatory, one of 189 parties to the treaty. Ahead of today’s meeting, representatives of China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and the United States, which make up the permanent membership of the UN Security Council, met in a two-day advance meeting under the rotation leadership of the Russian Federation.In their final statement, the representatives stressed “the fundamental importance of an effective IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) safeguards system in preventing nuclear proliferation.” They also discussed support for the IAEA in detection of possible nuclear weapon programmes in non-nuclear weapons states.In today’s speech, Ms. Kane said that the readiness of the nuclear-weapons States to increase the detail of their reporting on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation activities will get increased scrutiny in the years ahead. As a result, she said, her office has created a “place-keeper page” on its web site to serve as a future repository of data voluntarily submitted by the nuclear-weapons States.She also welcomed the increased attention from civil society to the importance of accountability in implementation of past commitments on disarmament and non-proliferation. read more

Sierra Leone declares Stay At Home Day in bid to curb ebolaSierra Leone declares Stay At Home Day in bid to curb ebola

first_imgSource: AP/Press Association ImagesAN AMERICAN DOCTOR who contracted the deadly ebola virus while working in Africa has seen a “slight improvement” in his condition.Kent Brantly, a doctor working for charity Samaritan’s Purse, and Nancy Writebol, a missionary with SIM, have both shown improvement in the past 24 hours, Samaritan’s Purse said. However, both remain in serious condition in Liberia where they are being treated for the virus.Because of instability and ongoing security issues in the area, Samaritan’s Purse says it is curtailing operations in Liberia. Non-essential personnel are being evacuated but medical staff are remaining on site to treat patients.“We are doing everything possible to help Dr. Brantly and Nancy,” Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham said. “We ask everyone to please pray urgently for them and their families.”Dr. Brantly, a family practice physician, was serving in Liberia through the post-residency program before joining the medical team responding to the ebola crisis. His wife and two children had been living with him in Liberia but flew home to the US about a week ago, before he started showing any signs of illness. Source: PA GraphicsSierra LeoneSierra Leone leader Ernest Bai Koroma declared a state of emergency today, cancelling a planned trip to the US-Africa summit as the country struggled to contain the deadly epidemic.“Extraordinary challenges require extraordinary measures. The Ebola virus disease poses an extraordinary challenge to our nation,” the president said in a televised address to the nation.“Consequently… I hereby proclaim a state of public emergency to enable us to take a more robust approach to deal with the Ebola outbreak.”Koroma said he had cancelled a trip to a summit of around 50 African leaders in Washington DC next week.He cancelled foreign trips by ministers and other government officials, exempting only “absolutely essential engagements”.The president said the measures would be in place initially for 60 to 90 days, and would then be reassessed.He declared Monday August 4 “National Stay at Home Day”.Elsewhere, Liberia announced it was shutting all schools and placing “non-essential” government workers on 30 days’ leave. Source: PAAction needed A medical worker from the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers who are working on the Ebola outbreak in Uganda, works at their laboratory in Entebbe 42kms (29 miles) from the capital Kampala Source: AP/Press Association ImagesIrish charity Plan Ireland, who are working on the ground, say that global action is needed to prevent a pandemic.Speaking from Sierra Leone, Plan Ireland’s Suzanne Walker said;“With no effective treatment, raising awareness of the risk factors of ebola infection and the protective measures individuals can take is one of the few ways to reduce human infection and death.“Plan is responding by complementing local governments’ efforts, particularly in the area of public health information and providing material support to contain the spread of the disease. We have printed and distributed thousands of health promotion brochures across infected areas. We are disseminating prevention messages via TV, radio and SMS.“Plan is supplying equipment, fuel, disinfectants and training local health workers to try and stop more people from becoming infected. We are also training volunteers to disinfect public and household latrines, treating the homes of suspected cases, and setting up hand washing systems in schools and public areas.”In the UK, two men tested for the virus were found not to be suffering, but a union chief for border control workers said that staff were not ready to deal with people with ebola coming through.Read: Canadian doctor quarantined as ebola outbreak continues to spreadVideo: What exactly is the Ebola virus?last_img read more

Eight killed in knife attack on Chinese crowdEight killed in knife attack on Chinese crowd

first_img File photo of police in Xinjiang province. Image: AP/Press Association Images By AFP Wednesday 15 Feb 2017, 7:59 AM Feb 15th 2017, 7:59 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article EIGHT PEOPLE HAVE been killed in a knife attack on a crowd in China’s restive Xinjiang region, including three assailants who were gunned down by police, local officials said.Ten other people were injured in the attack in Pishan county, according to an announcement issued by the government of the nearby city of Hotan.Police sped to the scene within a minute of the attack, which remains under investigation, the announcement said, calling the attackers “rioters”.The far-western region is the homeland of the Uighurs – a traditionally Muslim group, many of whom complain of cultural and religious repression and discrimination – and is often hit by deadly unrest.Beijing regularly accuses what it calls exiled Uighur separatist groups such as the East Turkestan Islamic Movement of orchestrating attacks in the vast, resource-rich region.But overseas experts have expressed doubts about the strength of the groups and their links to global terrorism, with some saying China exaggerates the threat to justify tough security measures.Dilxat Raxit, spokesman for the exiled World Uyghur Congress, told AFP that police arrested six people after the attack, including two young Uighurs who shared information about the incident over mobile phones.“Armed forces in the county are targeting Uighurs for investigation and demanding that Chinese people avoid leaving their homes,” he said, citing his sources in Xinjiang.“I am worried the case will provide China with a new political excuse for repression and will cause more people to face discriminatory inspections or detentions.”Last month police killed three “rioters” following a manhunt for suspected members of a “violent terror group” linked to a 2015 attack in Pishan county, according to the regional government’s official website.Weeks earlier state media reported that three attackers were shot dead after detonating an explosive device at a local party office in Moyu County, killing two and injuring three.In November 2015, police killed 28 members of a “terrorist group” over the course of a 56-day manhunt following an attack on a colliery in Aksu two months earlier that left 16 people dead.In March 2014, 31 people were knifed to death at a train station in Kunming, in southwestern China, with four attackers killed, with Xinjiang separatists blamed and state media dubbing it “China’s 9/11″.- © AFP, 2017Read: Trump campaign team had contacts with senior Russian officials – report Eight killed in knife attack on Chinese crowd Beijing regularly accuses what it calls exiled Uighur separatist groups such as the East Turkestan Islamic Movement of orchestrating attacks in the region. 8,004 Views center_img Share1 Tweet Email 14 Comments Image: AP/Press Association Images File photo of police in Xinjiang province. Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3240385 last_img read more

Fort Lauderdale Police investigate body found floating in New RiverFort Lauderdale Police investigate body found floating in New River

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Fort Lauderdale Police detectives are investigating the discovery of a dead person in the New River.The body was found floating near the 1500 block of Broward Boulevard, just west of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, Friday afternoon, at around 12:30 p.m.No further details were provided.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

VESA publishes DisplayPort 2 standard as 8K future nearsVESA publishes DisplayPort 2 standard as 8K future nears

first_imgDisplayPort is getting a new spec just in time for 8K displays.  Josh Miller As companies continue to announce higher, richer and sharper displays the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) has decided to update its DisplayPort spec. The first major update in over three years, the group on Wednesday introduced DisplayPort 2, a new spec designed to take on the new displays of the future. New features of the updated spec include support for resolutions beyond 8K — including 10K and 16K, higher refresh rates and high dynamic range (HDR) support at higher resolutions and “improved user experience with augmented/virtual reality (AR/VR) displays.” A maximum payload delivery of 77.37 Gbps, three times more powerful than the current DisplayPort 1.4a spec, allows for support of a feed at 8K resolution with a 60 Hz refresh rate, full-color 4:4:4 resolution and 30 bits per pixel to support HDR10. The group says the performance boosts can be delivered over the native DisplayPort connector or through USB-C. According to VESA the first products to support the new spec are “projected to appear on the market by late 2020.” 2 Computers TVs Monitors Commentscenter_img Share your voice Tagslast_img read more

Theres Nothing Left to Cut Fairbanks Assembly Gives School District 800K BoostTheres Nothing Left to Cut Fairbanks Assembly Gives School District 800K Boost

first_imgThe Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly approved a measure that allows the area school district to keep $800,000 that it would’ve been required to give back to the borough. Assembly members say the action was a small step toward helping the district cope with personnel and program cuts that district officials have proposed to deal with an $11 million state funding shortfall.Download AudioAssemblywoman Diane Hutchison sponsored the measure, along with Presiding Officer Karl Kassel, to waive a provision in the borough code that requires the district to give back $800,000 at the end of each school year to go into a fund that helps pay for school maintenance.Hutchison says it was a small but earnest gesture to help the district at a time when it’s struggling to deal with state funding cuts due to both plummeting oil revenues and falling enrollment.“We felt this was certainly a time when the school district could use this extra 800,000,” Hutchison said.The Assembly clearly didn’t need any encouragement before approving the measure with all eight members voting in favor. Assemblyman Lance Roberts was not present.But several members of the public along with a few district employees, like North Pole Middle School teacher Vanessa Jackson, took the opportunity anyway to again testify about the urgent need to help the district at a time of severe fiscal contraction.“There’s nothing left to cut at the school district without impacting the students in some negative way or the other,” Jackson said.Laura Volmert, who has two middle-schoolers in the district, says although it’s a relatively small amount, the $800,000 would encourage district workers and parents before the Assembly begins work on the recommended budget that the district school board approved Wednesday.“I feel like the borough Assembly has an opportunity right now to really show its support for education,” Volmert said. “I feel like this is the first opportunity that you have to show your support. There will be other opportunities down the line.”The Assembly won’t finish work on the district’s recommended $274.9 million spending plan until mid-May, after the Legislature passes a state budget and the governor completes his review.Also Thursday, the Assembly approved a measure that ratifies a new contract for about 50 unionized borough managers and supervisors.The three-year contract with members of the Alaska State Employees Association and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees sets an annual cost of living increase starting next year that’ll range from 1 to 2 percent, and annual merit increases of 1.9 percent through 2018.The borough estimates those provisions will cost between $23,900 and $140,300 next year.The borough estimates the contract’s health plan provisions will cost between $309,500 and $1.2 million in 2016.last_img read more

TIP leaders rich tributes to SushmaTIP leaders rich tributes to Sushma

first_imgAdarsh Nagar: Telangana Inti Party state president Cheruku Sudhakar and party leaders paid tributes to the former minister of external affairs Sushma Swaraj at party office on Wednesday.Speaking on the occasion, Sudhakar said, “Telangana citizens should not forget the services rendered by Sushma Swaraj for Telangana. It is sad to hear that she is no more.” He further added, “It is not fair to talk about Telangana in the debate of Article 370, it is against the ideology of Sushma Swaraj.” Party president Chandra Kant Reddy, State secretary Burra Srinivas, Greater Hyderabad President Devendar Reddy, TSU president Krishna Madiga, Ramanna Madiga, Doram Harish Yadav and others were present.last_img

Venezuela prison fire kills 68Venezuela prison fire kills 68

first_imgFireA fire allegedly set during an attempted jailbreak from Venezuelan police holding cells killed 68 people on Wednesday, the country’s top prosecutor and an inmates’ rights group said.The blaze at the detention facility in Carabobo state is the latest in a“In light of the terrible events that took place in the Carabobo state police headquarters, where 68 people died in a presumed fire, we have appointed four prosecutors… to clarify these dramatic events,” chief prosecutor Tarek William Saab said on Twitter.Carlos Nieto, head of Una Ventana a la Libertad (A Window on Freedom), said that “some burned to death and others asphyxiated” after setting fire to mattresses and stealing a guard’s gun in an attempt to break out.The dead included two women thought to have been visiting the jail at the time of the incident, Nieto said.Rafael Lacava, the governor of Carabobo state, expressed his “consternation” over the events but did not provide a toll.“A serious and profound investigation has been initiated to find the causes and those responsible for these regrettable events,” he said on Twitter, expressing solidarity with relatives of those who died.Relatives of those being kept in the detention center tried to force their way into Carabobo state police headquarters. After one officer was injured by a stone, the crowd was dispersed by police firing tear gas.A video posted on Twitter showed dozens of people demanding information in front of police guarding the site.“I am a desperate mother. My son has been here a week. They have not given any information,” Dora Blanco told local media.Dire prison conditionsVenezuela’s prisons suffer from dire overcrowding and a shortage of basic supplies, struggling under the deepening economic crisis that is gripping the once-wealthy oil-producing country.Because of the lack of space in penitentiaries, convicts are often sent to police holding cells like the ones in Carabobo, meant to be used as temporary pens for suspects facing charges or court hearings, where detainees are supposed to spend a maximum of 48 hours.Nieto’s association estimated that the temporary detention centers were overfilled by five times their capacity.“All the police stations in Venezuela are facing similar or worse conditions of overcrowding, lack of food and disease,” he said.The association said 65 people died last year in the holding cells due to violence, malnutrition or tuberculosis.Two weeks ago, 58 detainees escaped holding cells on Margarita Island, a favored tourist spot, when a hole opened up in their facility’s wall. They were all soon recaptured.In August 2017, a riot left 37 dead and 14 wounded in police cells in the southern state of Amazonas, while an April 2017 clash between rival gangs left 12 dead and 11 injured in the Puente Ayala prison in the eastern city of Barcelona.A month before that, the remains of 14 people were found in a mass grave in the General Penitentiary of Venezuela, in San Juan de Los Morros in the country’s center.last_img read more

Zayans body arrives in DhakaZayans body arrives in Dhaka

first_imgZayan Chowdhury. File PhotoThe body of Zayan Chowdhury, one of the victims of Easter Sunday bomb attacks in Sri Lanka, arrived in Bangladesh on Wednesday afternoon, reports UNB.A Sri Lankan Airlines flight carrying his body landed at Dhaka airport around 12:40pm, said the airport’s director group captain Abdullah Al Faruque.Zayan, 8, is the grandson of Awami League leader Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, the cousin of prime minister Sheikh Hasina.His body will be taken to their Banani house and he will be later laid to rest at Banani graveyard after a namaz-e-janaza.Zayan, and more than 350 others were killed in explosions in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. He had gone there with his family on a vacation.His father Mashiul Haque Chowdhury, injured in the blast, was admitted to a hospital there.last_img read more

HPD Identifies Suspect In Shooting Incident as Nathan DeSaiHPD Identifies Suspect In Shooting Incident as Nathan DeSai

first_img 00:00 /00:31 Lee Antoine Wilson was driving through the area to drop his girlfriend off at work at a nearby store when he witnessed the police response.  00:00 /00:14 Share Governor Greg Abbott’s Twitter account  Stay with News 88.7 for the latest news and updates.  Listen Another resident, Lee Williams, recorded the gunfire on his phone and played it for reporters. You could hear a pop, then a pause, then another pop. And then apparently when police arrived, three shots in very quick succession.Williams said someone was just down the street in front of a red brick apartment building, shooting at passing cars on Law Street, a narrow tree lined lane. Williams said he used his flashlight to try to warn and stop a steady procession of early-morning commuters who use the street as a shortcut.Numerous vehicles on the scene had windows shot out.  Police said the crime scene covers a multiple block area near Weslayan at Bissonnet.Look at one of the vehicles shot up #WestUShooting #khou11 pic.twitter.com/DRe9QUYsQM— Melissa Correa (@MCorreaKHOU) September 26, 2016 Texas Governor Greg Abbott released a statement on the shooting via his Twitter account: Listen X X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: – / 6The Houston Police Department formally named the gunman in yesterday’s mass shooting near West University Place. The Harris County Medical Examiner has identified him as 46 year old Nathan DeSai, a local attorney. They announced the identification via Twitter.The shootings happened early Monday near Weslayan and Law Streets. DeSai was dressed in a vintage military uniform and was hiding behind a tree randomly shooting at passing cars, acording to the Police. Officers cleared some civilians from the line of fire and shot him dead.Lisa Diehl works nearby at Weslayan and U.S. 59. She says she got a call telling her to stay away from the area.The deceased suspect of the shooting that left nine people injured Monday in the West University area  had already been mentioned by the HPD as the owner of a vehicle parked at the scene of the shooting.  DeSai was a lawyer.Acting Chief Martha Montalvo had previously said at a press conference that the suspect had issues at his law firm.Desai’s former associate, Kenneth McDaniel, told Houston Public Media they closed their firm back in February because they were not making enough money and went their separate ways.Montalvo didn’t clarify whether that could be the motive for the shooting. “At this point we’re very open minded in terms of what the motive (is) and that’s why we have as our partner, the FBI, is involved with this investigation as well,” she said.HPD Homicide Cpt. Dwayne Ready had also said that the suspect was shooting on Law Street. When police officers engaged him shortly after 6:30 a.m. the suspect shot at them as he was using a tree for cover. Ready said they exchanged fire and finally the police officers killed the shooter.“The suspect had two weapons on him at the time, either on his person or in his car that he was standing nearby at the time of this incident, one of them is a .45 semi-automatic handgun, the other one is a .45 semi-automatic Thompson carbine, commonly known as a Tommy gun,” Ready said.Ready said the suspect also had a knife and more than 2,000 rounds of ammunition at his place and in his car, which was checked and cleared for explosives.He was wearing what Ready described as a military uniform and Montalvo specified it had Nazi emblems on it.No motives have been disclosed yet but authorities said that right now “there is no association to any organization or terrorist group.” HPD recovered nearly one hundred pieces of evidence, including shell casings.Out of the nine people injured during the shooting, six were shot and three had minor injuries related to flying glass when the gunman opened fire, according to police. Three were discharged in good condition yesterday. One remained in critical condition but improved overnight, according to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where the person remains hospitalized. The hospital said that there is still another patient being treated for injuries. last_img read more

Google to Buy Social Mapping Startup WazeGoogle to Buy Social Mapping Startup Waze

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Waze is going the way of Google. The tech giant announced today that it is acquiring the free, crowd-sourced traffic and navigation app.Although Google did not disclose terms of the deal, earlier reports pegged the price at $1.3 billion. If true, Israel-based Waze would be Google’s fourth largest acquisition by dollar value. The idea is that buying Waze will eliminate a competitor and help solidify Google’s position as a leader in mobile mapping and navigation.For months, Waze was reportedly entertaining offers from other potential buyers including Apple and Facebook, which continues to lack any sort of substantial map offering. Google says Waze’s product development team will remain in Israel. Having to relocate to the U.S. reportedly was a sticking point in Waze’s negotiations with Facebook.Waze, which was launched five years ago, says its app is used in almost 200 countries with 70,000 volunteers who help edit maps and provide other details about construction, gasoline prices and detours. It has 50 million users worldwide.”Nothing practical will change here at Waze,” chief executive Noam Bardin reassured users in a statement online. “The same Waze people will continue to collaborate with you, and we will continue to innovate our product and services, making them more social, functional and helpful for everyday drivers. Our employees, managers, founders and I are all committed to our vision for many years to come.”Waze is seen by many as a free and more dynamic alternative to vehicle navigation products such as Garmin and TomTom, which use maps that aren’t updated in real time and can cost upwards of $130 per device.Related: Google and Facebook Said to be in Battle to Acquire Social Mapping App Waze Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals June 11, 2013 2 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

Iraq signs deal to modernize major port in BasraIraq signs deal to modernize major port in Basra

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The consortium also will dredge Shatt al-Arab, which is currently unable to welcome deep-water vessels because of years of neglect, to nine meters (yards) to make it a “deep water” port, the statement added. The 93-year-old port is one of four in Basra on the Persian Gulf for commercial goods.The Shatt al-Arab waterway _ known in Iran as Arvand River _ is formed by the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates river, meandering south between Iran and Iraq before it spills into the northern Persian Gulf. Basra, where the signing ceremony took place, is located some 550 kilometers (340 miles) southeast of Baghdad.“Modernizing Maqal Port is one step in Iraq’s greater vision to improve and expand our country’s shipping and port capabilities,” the Iraqi minister of transportation, Hadi al-Amiri, said in a statement. He added that NAWAH’s commitment to Iraq’s long-term economic growth “sends a strong message to other American and international investors that Iraq is truly ripe for investment.”One of the two companies teaming up with NAWAH is the New Jersey-based Triton Container International Ltd., which is the world’s largest owner-lessor of marine cargo containers with operations in 15 countries and more than 200 depot locations worldwide. The other is the Chicago-based Marmon Crane Services, an international owner, operator and lessor of crane equipment that operates in 14 countries around the world. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Associated PressBAGHDAD (AP) – Iraq on Tuesday signed a $14 million deal with a U.S. consortium to modernize a major port in the country’s southern province of Basra in a move aimed at developing key infrastructure neglected during years of war and sanctions.Under the 10-year agreement with a consortium led by North America Western Asia Holdings, the companies will invest in a new heavy-lift crane as well as container handling capabilities and build a modern container yard in one of the 14 berths in the Maqal Port on Shatt al-Arab waterway, the company said in a statement. 5 treatments for adult scoliosis NAWAH, which is based in Washington DC and is chaired by Paul Brinkley, a former U.S. Defense Department official who sought to attract companies to Iraq and Afghanistan.Iraq’s oil-reliant economy is expected to see significant growth in the coming year as it has awarded 15 oil and gas deals to international energy companies since 2008, the first major investments in the country’s energy industry in more than three decades.The original goal was to boost daily production from about 3 million barrels now to 12 million barrels by 2017. That may be revised downward to fewer than 10 million barrels, however, because of infrastructure bottlenecks and a possible falloff in demand on international markets.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories last_img read more

Geneva Switzerland – Reported by Elite TravelerGeneva Switzerland – Reported by Elite Traveler

first_imgGeneva, Switzerland – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineFine watchmaker Franc Vila, chic sports club Geneva Usine Opera and AMAG Audi center in Chatelaine, friends and guests, gathered for an evening of seduction and dynamism, on June 7, 2012. The event highlighted Franc Vila timepieces, Audi cars and the services of the sports club, Usine Opera, allowing Geneva residents to discover them all in a beautiful setting, the new Audi center AMAG Geneva.Guests were also treated to a surprise private performance by American singer Lutricia McNeal, who flew in from New York especially for the occasion. At the end of the exhilarating evening, Lutricia McNeal hosted the raffle drawing. Prizes included a weekend driving an Audi A3 Cabriolet, a membership to the Usine Opera club and a Franc Vila EVOS 8 Cobra watch.www.francvila.comlast_img read more

BOSTON — Fifty people including Hollywood stars FBOSTON — Fifty people including Hollywood stars F

first_img BOSTON — Fifty people, including Hollywood stars Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, were charged Tuesday in a scheme in which wealthy parents allegedly bribed college coaches and other insiders to get their children into some of the nation’s most elite schools.Federal authorities called it the biggest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the U.S. Justice Department, with the parents accused of paying an estimated $25 million in bribes.“These parents are a catalogue of wealth and privilege,” U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said in announcing the results of an investigation code-named Operation Varsity Blues.The scandal is certain to inflame longstanding complaints that children of the wealthy and well-connected have the inside track in college admissions — sometimes through big, timely donations from their parents — and that privilege begets privilege.At least nine athletic coaches and 33 parents, many of them prominent in law, finance or business, were among those charged. Dozens, including Huffman, were arrested by midday.The coaches worked at such schools as Yale, Stanford, Georgetown, Wake Forest, the University of Texas, the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles. A former Yale soccer coach pleaded guilty and helped build the case against others.Prosecutors said parents paid an admissions consultant from 2011 through last month to bribe coaches and administrators to falsely make their children look like star athletes to boost their chances of getting into college. The consultant also hired ringers to take college entrance exams for students, and paid off insiders at testing centres to alter students’ scores.Parents spent anywhere from $200,000 to $6.5 million to guarantee their children’s admission, officials said.“For every student admitted through fraud, an honest and genuinely talented student was rejected,” Lelling said.Several defendants, including Huffman, were charged with conspiracy to commit fraud, punishable by up to 20 years in prison.Lelling said the investigation is continuing and authorities believe other parents were involved. The schools themselves are not targets of the investigation, he said.No students were charged. Authorities said in many cases the teenagers were not aware of what was going on.The investigation began when authorities received a tip about the admissions scheme from someone they were interviewing in a separate case, Lelling said. He did not elaborate.Authorities said coaches in such sports as soccer, sailing, tennis, water polo and volleyball accepted bribes to put students on lists of recruited athletes, regardless of their ability or experience. That, in turn, improved their chances of admission.Prosecutors said parents were also instructed to claim their children had learning disabilities so that they could take the ACT or SAT by themselves, with extra time. That made it easier to pull off the tampering, prosecutors said.Among the parents charged were Gordon Caplan of Greenwich, Connecticut, a co-chairman of an international law firm based in New York; Jane Buckingham, CEO of a boutique marketing company in Los Angeles; Gregory Abbott of New York, founder and chairman of a packaging company; and Manuel Henriquez, CEO of a finance company based in Palo Alto, California.Caplan was accused of paying $75,000 to get a test supervisor to correct the answers on her daughter’s ACT exam after she took it. In a conversation last June with a co-operating witness, he was told his daughter needed “to be stupid” when a psychologist evaluated her for learning disabilities in order to get more time for the exam, according to court papers.“It’s the home run of home runs,” the witness said.“And it works?” Caplan asked.“Every time,” the witness responded, prompting laughter from both.At one point, Caplan asked if schools were “concerned with this.”“Schools don’t know. Schools don’t know,” the witness said.The bribes allegedly were dispensed through an admissions consulting company in Newport Beach, California. Authorities said parents paid William Singer, the founder of the Edge College & Career Network, the bribe money to get their children into college.Prosecutors said Singer was scheduled to plead guilty in Boston Tuesday to charges including racketeering conspiracy. John Vandemoer, the former head sailing coach at Stanford, was also expected to plead guilty.Colleges moved quickly to discipline the coaches accused. Stanford fired Vandemoer, UCLA suspended its soccer coach, and Wake Forest did the same with its volleyball coach.Several schools, including USC and Yale, said they were victims themselves of the scam. USC also said it is reviewing its admissions process to prevent further such abuses.In one case, a former USC women’s soccer coach and the consultant allegedly worked together in 2017 to help a client’s child get into Yale in exchange for $1.2 million from the family. A false athletic profile created for the student said she played competitive soccer and had been on China’s junior national development team.The profile was sent to the coach of the Yale women’s soccer team and the student was accepted. Prosecutors said the Yale coach, Rudolph Meredith, received $400,000 from the consulting company after the student was accepted, even though he knew the student did not play competitive soccer.Loughlin, who was charged along with her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, appeared in the ABC sitcom “Full House,” while Huffman starred in ABC’s “Desperate Housewives.”Messages seeking comment from Huffman’s representative were not immediately returned. A spokeswoman for Loughlin had no comment.Loughlin and her husband allegedly gave $500,000 to have their two daughters labeled as recruits to the USC crew team, even though neither participated in the sport. Their 19-year-old daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli, who has a popular YouTube channel, attends USC.Court documents said Huffman paid $15,000 that she disguised as a charitable donation so that her daughter could take part in the college entrance-exam cheating scam.Court papers said a co-operating witness met with Huffman and her husband, actor William H. Macy, at their Los Angeles home and explained to them that he “controlled” a testing centre and could have somebody secretly change her daughter’s answers. The person told investigators the couple agreed to the plan.Macy was not charged; authorities did not say why.Macy told Parade magazine in January that the college application process for their daughter was a source of stress. The couple’s daughter, Sofia, is an aspiring actress who attends Los Angeles High School of the Arts.“She’s going to go to college. I’m the outlier in this thing. We’re right now in the thick of college application time, which is so stressful,” Macy said.____This story has been corrected to reflect Loughlin had not been arrested.Alanna Durkin Richer And Collin Binkley, The Associated Press TV stars and coaches charged in college bribery scheme by Alanna Durkin Richer And Collin Binkley, The Associated Press Posted Mar 12, 2019 12:14 pm PDTcenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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