OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Supreme Court has denied a request by drugmakers to postpone the trial in the state’s lawsuit accusing them of fueling the opioid epidemic.Attorney General Mike Hunter’s office says the state’s highest court handed down the decision Monday, a week after attorneys made oral presentations on the request to delay the trial’s scheduled May 28 start.Drugmakers say they need more time to prepare.Sandy Coats, an attorney for one of the drugmakers, Purdue Pharma Inc., hasn’t returned a call seeking comment.Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter sued 13 opioid manufacturers in 2017, alleging they fraudulently engaged in marketing campaigns that led to thousands of overdose addictions and deaths. Several states have filed similar lawsuits, but Oklahoma’s is expected to be the first to go to trial.The Associated Press
The high profile delegation is looking at the possibility of selecting Sri Lanka as the host nation for the world renowned pageant in 2020 or 2021. Minister Amaratunga made presentations to the Chairperson of the Miss World Organisation Julia Evelyn Morley and reigning Miss World, Manushi Chhillar as well as Miss World 2016 and Miss World Brand Ambassador, Stephanie Marie Del Valle Diaz.Chairman of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau Dehan Seneviratne was also present on the occasion. (Colombo Gazette) The delegation paid a courtesy call on Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs John Amaratunga at his Ministry office. Sri Lanka is being considered as the host for the Miss World pageant, the Ministry of Tourism said today.Key officials of the Miss World Organization including the Reigning Miss World arrived in Sri Lanka on Sunday 30th September on an exploration visit of the island.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Donald Trump says he is leaving his famed business behind.Well, sort of.That is the muddled message from the president-elect’s news conference Wednesday about plans to separate himself from his business while in office to avoid conflicts of interest.Trump and his lawyer portrayed his moves as extraordinary. Ethics lawyers who’ve worked with previous presidents in both parties had other opinions: uninspiring, inadequate.The clash of views reflects different ideas of what “separation” should mean and how far Trump should go to avoid the desire for private profit coming before the pursuit of public good.Trump says handing over management control, stopping international deals and appointing a watchdog of sorts to monitor conflicts is enough, and far more than required under law. His critics say that he should do what most modern presidents have done: sell his business holdings completely.A look at what Trump says he’ll do, and why the debate over it is so heated and important:__WHAT DOES TRUMP’S PLAN INCLUDE?Trump outlined three parts to allay conflicts.First, he said he will put his business assets in a trust and hand over management control of his company to his two adult sons and a longtime Trump Organization executive. Second, he has vowed to wall himself off from communications about his company, including discussing it with his children. Third, he promised no new deals overseas. The company will also appoint an ethics officer who would have to approve any deals in the U.S. that would raise concerns about conflicts.Trump announced several smaller moves, like a liquidation of his securities portfolio. He also said he would also donate any profits from foreign government payments at his hotels to the U.S. Treasury.At the news conference, Sheri Dillon, an attorney who helped prepare the Trump plan, called the steps “extraordinary.”“President-elect Trump wants there to be no doubt in the minds of the American public that he is completely isolating himself from his business interests,” she said.___SO WHAT IS THE PROBLEM HERE?Ethics lawyers who have worked for presidents in both parties say the plan leaves Trump far too open to shape regulations, taxes and foreign policy to enrich himself, and for other people to try to curry favour with him. He has hotels and resorts in the U.S. that can be sued in U.S. courts and must follow labour regulations. As president, he will appoint people with big influence over those areas.Foreign governments could create plenty of trouble, too. They could seek to influence him by rewarding or punishing his business interests in their countries. Trump has struck deals for hotels, residential towers and resorts in South Korea, the Philippines, Uruguay, Turkey and many other countries.Even if Trump always acts in the public interest, these legal experts say, there will be damage. Rightly or wrongly, people will harbour doubts about the real motives behind U.S. policy, and all the second guessing could compromise the moral authority of the office of the president.Walter Shaub, the director of the Office of Government Ethics, pointed to this ephemeral, crucial quality of a president in a speech following Trump’s news conference.“Officials in any administration need their president to show them that ethics matters, not only through words but through deeds,” he said.___SO WHAT CAN TRUMP DO?Ethics lawyers say he should follow the precedent of previous presidents and sell his holdings, though it’s not clear that would be easy.President Jimmy Carter sold his Georgia peanut farm when he took office. Soon after he was inaugurated, Ronald Reagan cashed out his personal holdings — worth about $740,000 — and put the money in a blind trust.Trump’s holdings are far bigger, and far more complex.With interests in hundreds of companies in about 20 countries, no modern president comes close to having owned so much, and had it spread so far around the globe.Real estate can’t be sold quickly like stocks, and it would be difficult to separate the Trump buildings from his gilded name above their entrances. But aside from that, Trump lawyer Dillon said, selling would raise the ethical question of whether the price he was receiving was a fair one, or one designed to gain advantage with the new president.She also said moving too quickly could create a “fire sale” environment that devalued the company to which he has dedicated his entire adult life.“President-elect Trump should not be expected to destroy the company he built,” said Dillon, a lawyer at with the firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius.___SO IS THIS THE LAST WE’LL HEAR OF TRUMP’S PLANS?Hopefully not, given all the unanswered questions from the bare-bones plan outlined.Trump says he will donate profits from hotel stays by foreign diplomats to the U.S. Treasury, but how is Trump defining profits? Will there be any tax benefit accruing to his business from the donation and, if so, doesn’t that compromise his position as president? Will there be any way of checking that Trump doesn’t talk to his sons about the company?It’s possible that Trump may alter his plan. In his speech, OGE’s Shaub did strike an optimistic note. He said he would be happy to provide Trump “constructive feedback” should he change his mind.___Bykowicz contributed from Washington. Graphic shows plan for transfer of Trump assets to trust; 3c x 4 inches; 146 mm x 101 mm; by Bernard Condon And Julie Bykowicz, The Associated Press Posted Jan 12, 2017 7:28 am MDT Last Updated Jan 12, 2017 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Q&A: How Trump says he’ll break from his business
Street scene and market in Gaza City. Photo: World Bank/Arne Hoel The report Palestine 2030 Demographic Change: Opportunities for Development, which notes that while it is clear that the decades-long occupation and dependence of foreign assistance have hampered growth, also demonstrates how population trends and dynamics play a powerful role in development and therefore must be factored into planning and policy decisions. Speaking with UN Radio, Anders Thomsen, UNFPA Representative to the State of Palestine about the current trends and the anticipated impacts said: “If you had said twenty years ago, ten years ago, would Gaza be able to cope with a blockade, a very strict blockade for 10 years and three very harsh wars, would Gaza be able to cope with it – the fact is, Gaza is coping with it and the people in Palestine are remarkably strong and resourceful. But at some point, something will have to give.”Fertility rates are twice the rate of those in the more advanced areas in the region – a trend that is expected to bring its population from the current 4.7 million to 6.9 by 2030 and to 9.5 million by 2050. The highest rate of growth is expected to occur in Gaza, where the report estimates a population of 1.85 million will reach 3.1 million by 2030 and 4.7 million by 2050. In addition to a growing population, the number of women entering the labour force has also been steadily rising, with nearly one third of Palestinian women now working. “How do we create the enabling environment to have enough economic growth to ensure that this growing population can have economic opportunities?” asked Mr. Thomsen.In consideration of the demographic trends, the report estimates that the number of jobs that will need to be created per year will increase from an annual 58,000 to 72,000 by 2030. It urges that job creation take into account not only new workers, but also those who are unemployed and under-employed. In 2015, the rate of unemployment was 26 per cent.The UN official said he believes that enough dialogue has been had and that the focus now needs to be on creating opportunities for people and goods to move freely and for trade to resume so that Gaza and the Occupied Palestinian Territory can be fully integrated into the international economy.New and more strenuous demands are also expected to affect education, as there will be a 48 per cent increase in the number of people aged between four and 22 years old by 2050. Again, these demands will be seen most significantly in Gaza, where residents are already younger and fertility rates and other relevant indicators are expected to create a faster-growing population.The population of Palestine will double in the next 35 years, more jobs, health infrastructures and education opportunities are needed, according to a report by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).The report estimates that educational enrolment rates in Gaza will surpass those in the West Bank between 2025 and 2030.“I hope it will be a wakeup call. If people are taking these numbers and figures and projections seriously, they will see a different way of thinking today will be required to avoid a disastrous situation in 14 years,” said Mr. Thomsen.
The other day, several of us in the FiveThirtyEight office were musing about the New York Yankees’ chances in 2015. Certainly the Yankees are no longer the dominant powerhouse they were in the late 1990s and early 2000s, nor are they even the outrageously expensive (but championship-starved) juggernaut of the mid-to-late 2000s.1They’re still spending in excess of $200 million on payroll, but that no longer ranks No. 1 in baseball, nor is it anywhere near as far from average as their payroll was at its 2005 peak. Fangraphs’ projections — which, like all preseason predictions, come with a lot of uncertainty — see the Yankees as a slightly above-average team this season, and their 84-78 record last year fit that description as well.But another interesting note about the 2015 Yankees is that their position-player corps figures to be one of the most improved in the American League, according to the projected wins above replacement (WAR) listed on Fangraphs’ depth charts. And the biggest position at which they got better? Shortstop — former home of future Hall of Famer Derek Jeter.We slagged on Jeter a bit last season for all the attention paid to his yearlong retirement tour despite his plainly awful numbers. The truth is that, according to WAR at least, the Yankees had the least-productive shortstop situation in all of baseball last year, so even a shortstop depth chart headlined by Didi Gregorius was bound to be one of the game’s most improved in 2015. And, sure enough, no team is projected to gain more WAR at shortstop this season than the Yankees, mostly because Jeter retired.Here’s an accounting of the Yankees’ projected gains and losses at each position, along with those of every other team going into the 2015 season:Of course, some teams improved even more at other positions than the Yankees did at shortstop. The St. Louis Cardinals, for instance, picked up WAR superstar Jason Heyward to man right field, a position that had been filled poorly by Allen Craig and the late Oscar Taveras in 2014. That change projects to be worth a net improvement of about 7 WAR for St. Louis this season (including 4.6 from Heyward himself, plus the additional bonus of getting rid of -1.8 WAR from Craig and Taveras).The following table represents a more specific breakdown of the Yankees’ shortstops, the Cardinals’ right fielders and the 28 other positional situations that are projected to improve the most in 20152Note that, in some cases, a team can show great improvement despite the same player being projected as the primary starter in both 2015 as in 2014. This could be due to a number of reasons, including the player having improved projected rate statistics (whether because of age-related improvement or regression to the mean after an out-of-character bad season) or even more projected playing time in 2015.:
The investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against former Ohio State doctor Richard Strauss is “nearing its conclusion,” Provost Bruce McPheron said at Ohio State’s full Board of Trustee meeting, while noting that the university is still seeking to reach mediation with accusers in federal court.Richard Strauss, a former wrestling team physician and an assistant professor of medicine, is being investigated by Ohio State on allegations of sexual misconduct. Credit: Lantern file photoMcPheron also said that counseling has been offered to alumni and will be paid for by the university. According to court documents in early February, there was disagreement between the plaintiffs in Brian Garrett et. al, v. Ohio State and Steve Snyder-Hill et. al, v. Ohio State, a pair of class-action suits led by Strauss accusers. Garrett and Snyder-Hill, the leading plaintiffs, requested former mediators of both the Penn State and Michigan State sexual abuse cases.Ohio State opposed both proposed mediators, and instead suggested a former district court chief judge and an appeals court chief mediator. The plaintiffs opposed the two, arguing that neither had experience handling sexual abuse mediations in the past.A mediation was supposed to begin within 30 days after the initial court order came in on Jan. 17, which would have been on Feb. 16. According to court documents citing a meeting of the two sides on Feb. 19, the two parties now have until March 12 to agree on a mediator.In Steve Snyder-Hill et. al v. Ohio State, the plaintiff proposed an alternate mediator in Judge Steven Rhodes if the other two are not selected. Rhodes is a retired judge who presided over the City of Detroit bankruptcy case in 2013. He has also served as mediator in a second phase of the Michigan State sexual abuse case involving Larry Nassar.Strauss, a doctor at Ohio State from 1978 to 1998, is accused of sexually abusing former student-athletes during his time as a team physician at Ohio State, as well as students while serving as an employee at Student Health Services. Ohio State investigators are also looking into claims as to whether he abused students at a private clinic after leaving the university.Strauss died by suicide in 2005. In a letter sent to 115,000 alumni in February, Ohio State said it would cover the cost of professionally certified counseling from Praesidium for any students affected by Strauss. In a past Board update, it was revealed that more than 150 individuals had come forward with allegations of misconduct from Strauss.McPheron said Friday that Praesidium is a “leader in responding to incidents of sexual abuse.”At the last full Board meeting in November, a number of accusers, including both Garrett and Snyder-Hill, spoke before the board with their stories of sexual abuse from Strauss.Ohio State opened an investigation into Strauss in April 2018 with Porter Wright Morris & Arthur serving as legal counsel to Ohio State, as appointed by then-attorney general and now-Governor Mike DeWine. The firm originally hired Bricker & Eckler to lead the investigation, but turned to Seattle-based Perkins Coie in May due to a legal conflict with Bricker & Eckler.Facing lawsuits from accusers, Ohio State has been represented by Carpenter Lipps & Leland. Ohio State attempted to have both the court cases dismissed, but Judge Michael H. Watson put both the motion to stay discovery and motion to dismiss on hold. “Ohio State remains steadfastly committed to learning about Strauss’ conduct,” McPheron said, noting that the university will address the past when the investigation is concluded and will continue to improve in the future.
Claude Onestafrance Since Luc Abalo said that he will miss Qatar 2015, French coach Claude Onesta had just two question mark about the travelers to Doha. He decided to leave at home Vincent Gérard and Timothey N’Guessan, and check in for the flight with 17 other players.France are reigning Olympic and European champions. They will play in the group alongside Sweden, Iceland, Egypt, Algeria…Roster for Qatar 2015:Goalkeepers: Omeyer, DumoulinLeft wings: Honrubia, Guigou,Left backs: Grébille, Fernandez, AccambrayPlaymakers: N. Karabatic, Narcisse, MaheRight back: Barachet, NyokasRight wings: Porte, JoliPivots: Sorhaindo, L. Karabatic, Anic ← Previous Story Spain without Sterbik to Qatar! Next Story → Croatian squad ready for Qatar 2015
← Previous Story Barcelona Handball camp – Croatia 2018 Next Story → FC Barcelona & Palmarsson 1.000.000 EUR story – soon! The golden French national team will meet in the EHF week led by head-coach Didier Dinart. France will play at Golden League tournament in Denmark with two newcomers in the roster. They are Romain Lagarde and Dylan Garain.The World Champions will meet Poland, Denmark and Norway in upcoming EHF week which will be the last test before preparations for the Men’s EHF EURO 2018 in Croatia.Goalkeepers: Cyril DUMOULIN (HBC Nantes) – Vincent GÉRARD (Montpellier HB) – Julien MEYER (Chambéry Savoie HB)Left wings : Michaël GUIGOU (Montpellier HB) – Kentin MAHÉ (SG Flensburg-Handewitt)Left backs : William ACCAMBRAY (Veszprém) – Dylan GARAIN (Dunkerque HBGL) – Olivier NYOKAS (HBC Nantes) – Timothey N’GUESSAN (FC Barcelone)Defensive specialist : Romain LAGARDE (HBC Nantes)Playmakers : Nicolas CLAIRE (HBC Nantes) – Nikola KARABATIC (Paris SG HB)Line players: Ludovic FABREGAS (Montpellier HB) – Luka KARABATIC (Paris SG HB) – Cédric SORHAINDO (FC Barcelone)Right backs : Adrien DIPANDA (St-Raphaël Var HB) – Valentin PORTE (Montpellier HB) – Nedim REMILI (Paris SG HB) – Dika MEM (FC Barcelone)Right wings : Luc ABALO (Paris SG HB) – Yanis LENNE (FC Barcelone)
FREE THEM OR put them on trial. Thus urges a petition to President Barack Obama over the prisoners held at Guantanamo, jailed and in limbo for more than a decade.The petition launched by Guantanamo’s former chief military prosecutor Colonel Morris Davis has been signed by more than 190,000 people in less than two weeks and calls for the president to bring some kind of closure to the fate of the terror suspects at the US prison on the eastern tip of Cuba.Behind the walls of the prison at Guantanamo, the men in indefinite detention seek to draw attention to an unprecedented hunger strike nearly two-thirds of them are waging. The hunger strike entered its fourth month earlier this week.Afghan prisoner Obaidullah echoed the sentiment of many of his fellow inmates when he said he was “losing all hope.” His testimony was declassified last week.“Eleven years of my life have been taken from me,” he said.A table with feeding tubes and high-nutrition milkshakes which are used to force feed Guantanamo detainees on hunger strike (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)As of earlier this week, 100 of the “war on terror” detainees were observing the hunger strike, out of a total of 166, prison officials say.Of them, 23 were being fed with tubes running down their noses and two were hospitalized even though their lives were not in danger, said prison spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Samuel House.Lawyers for the inmates say there are actually 130 hunger strikers, some of them refusing food since 6 February.Soldiers walk past detainees cells during early morning prayer (AP Photo/Suzette Laboy)“One doesn’t need to do the math to know that some of the prisoners trying to kill themselves are not enemy combatants, or suspected terrorists or militants, or any of the phrases we turn to when we are scared and give up on courts,” The New Yorker magazine said in an editorial.Of the prisoners still languishing at the US military prison, more than half — 86 — have been cleared for transfer to their home nations, some of them for the past five years.Indefinite detentionWhy have these men ended up in “no man’s land” in Cuba, as Obama put it?Clive Stafford Smith, a lawyer for 15 of the inmates, said many of the prisoners were captured in Afghanistan or Pakistan and “sold to the Americans for a reward.”His clients include Shaker Aamer, a Briton who has been on hunger strike for 70 days, and kept in jail even though London has pledged to take him in.Barb wire surrounding the prison camps at Guantanamo (AP Photo/Suzette Laboy)“There is something fundamentally wrong with a system where not being charged with a war crime keeps you locked away indefinitely and a war crime conviction is your ticket home,” Davis said in his petition.His petition drew 117,000 signatures in just 48 hours.As Guantanamo’s top military prosecutor, Davis recalled that he himself charged the only three former inmates to be found guilty of war crimes and sent home to their countries.That is just three of the 779 prisoners who have been held at the US prison over the past 11 years. Six others have been charged and now face proceedings before a military court.Of the remaining 80 who have not yet been cleared for transfer, about half cannot be tried for lack of evidence.“At the bottom line, Guantanamo is just a massive, a massive failure,” said Smith.“They have nothing to lose”One of Smith’s colleagues, Omar Farah, said it was time for Obama to correct “this horrible mistake” and “speak louder than the prisoners.”Farah said he had just returned from Guantanamo, where he was “stunned by how much my clients are resolved.”“They have nothing to lose,” he told AFP. “They want to live, they want to live with freedom and dignity.” Some have spent more than a third of their lives there, Farah said.Former prisoners of Guantanamo Bay participated in a protest demanding the release of Yemeni detainees in the prison camp (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)Commander Walter Ruiz, a military defense lawyer, urged Obama to resolve the legal limbo at Guantanamo.The president has failed to fulfill his vow to close the reviled detention center due to stiff domestic opposition to moving the prisoners to US soil for trial and incarceration, and to get foreign nations to accept detainees that have been cleared.“We need to see more than words, we need concrete actions,” Ruiz said.Mustapha al-Hawsawi of Saudi Arabia, who stands accused of plotting the 9/11 attacks, and two other “high-value” inmates are also taking part in the hunger strike, he said, declining to name the other two.- © AFP, 2013Read: Guantanamo is a legal no man’s land that ‘needs to be closed’ >
28 Comments Share Tweet Email6 DANIEL O’DONNELL HAS split from his former manager and business partner of more than 30 years.Mick Clerkin, a record-label boss credited with launching O’Donnell’s music career, resigned as a director of the touring company he co-owned with the Donegal crooner last month.He was immediately replaced as director and company secretary of Brockwell Limited by Daniel’s wife, Majella. She is already a director of the singer’s other companies, DOD Promotions Ltd and Hollgain Ltd.The entertainment firm, which is predominantly involved in the operation of concert tours, recorded accumulated profits of more than €1.8 million in its most recent accounts and had a cash pile of €1.7 million on its balance sheet.Clerkin’s 50% stake in the company was converted into ordinary redeemable shares last month, allowing them to be purchased by the firm or transferred to another individual.The Cavan-born record boss spotted O’Donnell playing at the London Music Festival in 1985 and gave him his first record deal, signing him up to his own label, Ritz Records.The two men established Brockwell Limited the following year and O’Donnell has since become a household name across Ireland and the UK, selling millions of records.A spokesperson for the singer confirmed that he had parted company with Clerkin (76) as a result of a mutual decision that was reached last month.Record boss Michael Clerkin and singer Daniel O’Donnell made a mutual decision last month to end their longstanding partnership. Their successful recording partnership resulted in the release of over 30 albums with millions of sales worldwide.“Michael Clerkin continues to run his roster of recording artists on the Ritz label, whilst Daniel continues to tour and release albums.”Documents received by the Companies Registration Office (CRO) last week show that Clerkin resigned as a director and secretary of Brockwell Ltd with effect from 15 December 2016.Majella O’Donnell (56) was appointed to replace him in both of these roles, while his stake in the firm was converted into redeemable ordinary shares on the same day.The spokesperson did not respond when asked if Clerkin’s shareholding had been purchased by the O’Donnells.The singer’s longstanding business partner began as a dance-hall bouncer and was known as Mick ‘The Grip’ Clerkin. His label has boasted stars such as Christy Moore, Mary Black, Sharon Shannon, and the Furey Brothers.He was presented with an industry award at the inaugural RTÉ Country Music Awards last year.O’Donnell (55) is set to tour extensively in 2017, with dates announced for Ireland, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States.Read: ‘The Church is in a state of utter collapse’: Irish priests at odds with Vatican speak out> 63,901 Views By Darragh McDonagh Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3211658 Jan 29th 2017, 4:21 PM Sunday 29 Jan 2017, 4:21 PM Image: PA Archive/PA Images Image: PA Archive/PA Images Daniel O’Donnell’s former manager and business partner of 30 years replaced by Majella A spokesperson for the singer confirmed that he had parted company with Mick Clerkin as a result of a mutual decision that was reached last month. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Load More RelatedPosts Genting Berhad saw its revenue grow 10% to RM5.3 billion for the three months to 31 March 2018, boosted by its leisure and hospitality segment and in particular strong results at its flagship integrated resorts in Malaysia and Singapore.Malaysia’s Resorts World Genting (RWG) enjoyed the biggest jump, with revenue rising 19% to RM1.6 billion, while Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) reported last week a 9% increase in revenue to RM2.0 billion for the period. Singapore Betting Taxes fall 0.9% to SG$2.7 billion in FY2018/19 70% of Macau gaming market driven by 400,000 premium players: brokerage Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August The Asian business comfortably offset declines in both the UK and US markets where revenue declined 12% and 9% respectively. Segment-wide revenue included RM3.5 billion from gaming and RM888.1 million from non-gaming.In its quarterly report, Genting Berhad attributed its positive results to a significant upsurge in its mass and premium mass business.“RWS recorded higher revenue and Adjusted EBITDA in the current quarter on the back of healthy growth in volumes across all major business segments,” it said. “The ongoing strategy to focus on affluent regional business proved to be effective as the mass and premium mass business continued to deliver encouraging results.“The Lunar New Year period saw bustling VIP rolling volume, notwithstanding a calibrated credit risk model. Non-gaming business also recorded improved performance with daily average visitation exceeding 18,000 across the attractions and the hotels achieving a high occupancy rate of 94%.“The increase in revenue from RWG was due mainly to overall higher business volume from mass to premium segments of the business. The opening of new attractions under its Genting Integrated Tourism Plan (GITP) has also contributed significantly to the increase in revenue.“Consequently, the increased revenue, partially offset by higher costs incurred for the new facilities under GITP contributed to higher Adjusted EBITDA.”Genting Berhad reported a 17% increase in profit before tax from its leisure and hospitality business to RM1.9 billion, with Adjusted EBITDA for the segment up 21% to RM2.0 billion.Group-wide profit before tax was RM1.4 billion, down 5% on 1Q17 profit which had included proceeds from the disposal of Genting Singapore’s 50% interest in Landing Jeju Development Co. Ltd, operator of Korean IR Jeju Shinhwa World.Genting Berhad said its immediate focus remained on Japan via Genting Singapore as it awaits passage of the IR Implementation Bill, as well as on improving amenities at RWG.“The ongoing development of the GITP at RWG remains the primary focus of the Genting Malaysia Group as it prepares to roll out the new Skytropolis indoor theme park and the highly anticipated Twentieth Century Fox World Theme Park,” the company said.“Meanwhile, the Genting Malaysia Group remains committed to intensifying database marketing efforts to optimize yield management and improve operational efficiencies and service delivery at the resort. Additionally, the Genting Malaysia Group will place emphasis on strategic marketing efforts and leverage on the introduction of new world- class facilities and attractions at RWG to expand into regional markets.”
The Defense Department and Congress will need to work more collaboratively to agree on cost-cutting reforms if the nation is going to be able to sustain an adequate military into the future, Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), ranking member on the House Armed Services Committee, told reporters Wednesday.“Six hundred and 10 billion dollars is not a small amount of money,” Smith said, reported CQ Roll Call. “If we can’t spend $610 billion to provide for the national security of the United States, then we just aren’t any good at spending money.”Smith’s remarks came as the House and Senate are about to form a conference committee to hash out differences between the two chambers’ versions of the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill. One of the key disputes lawmakers will need to settle is funding.“It would have been nice if the agreement that we reached eight, nine months ago now, we just stuck to,” Smith said in reference to last October’s budget deal which extended the caps on defense and non-defense spending.The House bill uses $18 billion from the department’s overseas contingency operations (OCO) account to fund base budget items not requested by the Obama administration. The Senate version does not rely on the OCO account, but Senate Armed Services Chair John McCain (R-Ariz.) has repeatedly said the military needs more funding to restore shortfalls in readiness.“That’s the only real show stopper,” Smith said about the funding differences between the competing bills, reported the Hill. “We’ll have to work closely with the White House on what some of their other veto concerns are, but I feel very confident that we can get the bill this year.”Conferees also will need to reach a compromise on provisions imposing organizational and acquisition reform on the Pentagon bureaucracy, areas in which the Senate version goes further than the House version.“I am intrigued by the possibility of making changes that move in this direction,” Smith said. “Now does McCain have the exact right formula? Is the White House completely wrong in their criticism? No, and no. But I think we have to move in that direction.”Staff of the two Armed Services committees will work through many of the measures’ lower profile differences throughout July and August when Congress is on recess. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Mat-Su Vets Rail Against VA During Secretary’s VisitZachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageA listening session held Thursday night in Wasilla by the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs was dominated by complaints about the healthcare system for veterans. As KSKA’s Zachariah Hughes reports, the VA is struggling in Alaska to rebuild trust as policy changes unfold from Washington, D.C., all the way to the state’s most remote clinics.Climate Change, Not Arctic Drilling, Brings Obama to AlaskaJohn Ryan, KUCB – UnalaskaPresident Barack Obama is coming to Alaska later this month. The White House released a video Thursday morning to explain why he will be the first sitting president to visit Alaska’s Arctic.Doyon Announces New Oil & Gas Prospect Near NenanaDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksDoyon plans to drill another oil and gas exploration well in the Nenana area. It will be the third the company has sunk into the oil and gas rich basin.LGBT Discrimination Claims Still Not Valid in Alaska Despite Federal RulingLakeidra Chavis, KTOO – JuneauSome of the most common types of discrimination LGBT people face are in the workplace and in housing. Despite this, Alaska’s statewide and Anchorage anti-discrimination commissions don’t offer protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender people. The commissions are not legally required to do so, and some activists see that as an injustice.Governor Nominates Elizabeth Peratrovich As The Face of the $10 BillEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauThe Walker-Mallott administration has nominated a Tlingit civil-rights leader to be on the new $10 bill.Earthquake Swarm Hits YakutatEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauAbout 30 earthquakes have hit the Yakutat area this week. The Gulf of Alaska city, about 250 miles northwest of Juneau, is in a fault zone and quakes aren’t unusual. But this swarm is caused by calving glaciers in a nearby bay, not movement of the Earth’s crust.AK: Sitka Cirque Lassos Sitkans Into The ShowEmily Kwong, KCAW – SitkaThe circus is coming to Sitka, but the performers aren’t from out of town. They are ordinary citizens, who in the past two years, have learned to climb, swing, and soar. Led by an aerialist with roots in Alaska, Sitka Cirque is dreaming up a new kind of circus that provides as much thrill to the participants as it does to the audience.49 Voices: Zach Carothers of Portugal. The ManDave Waldron, APRN – AnchorageZach Carothers is the bass player for Portugal. the Man. The band formed in Alaska, but now resides in Portland. Currently, they’re in LA recording material for their 8th studio album. Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audio
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowGovernor Walker proposes pay freeze bill amid state deficitAssociated PressAlaska Gov. Bill Walker has proposed freezing his own salary, along with the salaries of the lieutenant governor, legislators and state department heads.In throng on Capitol grounds, hundreds of Alaskans celebrate TrumpLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.Hundreds of Alaskans are in Washington, DC today to celebrate Donald Trump’s inauguration as president.Kuskokwim and bogus mushers get welcome break from past years with snowy trailAnna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – BethelFriday, on the Kuskokwim River outside Bethel, nine mushers and their teams will dash under the start banner for the Bogus Creek 150. An hour and a half later, 20 more will follow over a trail twice as long in the 38th Annual Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race.Kokhanok teenager killed in ATV crash ThursdayDave Bendinger, KDLG – DillighamVillage grieving loss of Alex Nielsen, 17, who was killed after ATV struck a snow bank on Iliamna Lake. In a tragic coincidence, his father Niel was killed 11 years ago on the same day, January 19, 2006, in an ATV accident outside of Kokhanok.Could ticketing the homeless help downtown Juneau?Jacob Resneck, KTOO – JuneauLocal policymakers are considering giving police the power to ticket homeless people that sleep outside in downtown Juneau. A statewide count conducted a year ago found 50 people living without shelter in the community, and another 160 in shelters and transitional housing.AK: Wintertime basketball in KakeEmily Kwong, KCAW – SitkaWintertime means a few things in rural Alaska. Dog mushing. Sub-zero temperatures. And basketball. Basketball is a cornerstone this time of the year in many villages, a gathering point for family members and fans to cheer on young players.49 Voices: John Parsi of AnchorageWesley Early, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThis week we’re hearing from John Parsi in Anchorage. Parsi is an attorney and also moonlights as a member of various comedy troupes.
Bengaluru: Having run the government with a one man cabinet RPT a one man cabinet for 22 days,Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa finally got the go-ahead on Saturday from BJP national president Amit Shah to undertake the exercise on August 20. “BJP legislative party meeting will be held on Tuesday at 10 AM at the conference hall, Vidhan Soudha. Also Read – Man held for slapping woman employee at Gurgaon toll plaza booth Advertise With Us The cabinet expansion will take place on the same day post noon,” the Chief Minister tweeted.Before leaving for Delhi on Thursday, Yediyurappa had said he would hold talks with the party president Amit Shah and finalise the much awaited expansion of his cabinet. BJP sources told PTI that there was a possibility that 13 ministers would take the oath Tuesday against the approved strength of 34 and that the rest of the positions would be filled later. The delay was because the party was not able to finalise the names. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us Earlier too, Yediyurappa had been to Delhi, but nothing could be ironed out. The major challenge, party sources said, was the caste equation as there are 39 Lingayat MLAs, to which the chief minister also belongs. Lingayats are the biggest support base for the BJP. The Lingayats are followed by the Vokkaligas, the most prominent faces among whom are former R Ashok, Dr C N Ashwath Narayan, C T Ravi and S R Vishwanath. Advertise With Us The party has also to give space to MLAs from the Dalit community, Scheduled Tribes, Brahmins and MLAs from other Backward Communities. The 17 disqualified MLAs belonging to the previous Congress-JD(S) coalition government might also have to be accomodated in the government. The Congress and the JD(S) had been flaying the BJP for the inordinate delay in cabinet expansion and accused Yediyurappa of running a one man government.
At least 17 fire tenders were rushed to the spot in Kalindi Kunj to douse the blaze.Twitter/ANIA massive fire broke out at a furniture market in the national capital’s Kalindi Kunj metro station area on Friday (June 21) morning. The Delhi Metro train services between Botanical Garden and Jasola Vihar- Shaheen Bagh have resumed, which were earlier disrupted due to the fire.At least 17 fire tenders were rushed to the spot in Kalindi Kunj to douse the blaze, which was reported at around 5:55 am today morning. Firefighting operations are underway.Firefighting operations are underway but no injuries have been reported at the time of filing the report.Taking to Twitter, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has issued a statement saying: “Train movement has been stopped temporarily between Jasola Vihar Shaheen Bagh and Kalindi Kunj due to smoke and fire from a fire underneath the section. We regret the inconvenience.””Short loops are being run between Janak Puri West and Jasola Vihar Shaheen Bagh. No service between Kalindi Kunj and Botanical Garden temporarily,” tweeted DMRC.(More details awaited)
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The menu is diverse and high end, with amuse-bouches of Siberian Osetra caviar and main courses including Australian kobe-style beef and fennel crusted Nantucket scallops, all of which can paired with bottles from a gloriously long wine list. Mains start from around $35.Fancy making a posh weekend of it? Stay at the Grand Floridian and you can simply slip upstairs to bed after your tenth course… Foodie with a passion? Let us introduce you to more culinary-inspired travel:In pictures: Top street food from around the worldLooking for a few new lunchbox recipes? How about snail soup or pickled herring? 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Goodwood, UK – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineAn exciting new Bentley is set to make its international debut at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed1. Combining stunning performance with exquisite luxury in the Bentley tradition, the new car appears both as part of the Supercar Run up the iconic Goodwood Hill and on the Bentley Motors stand. With a mix of contemporary and classic models, Bentley has its largest ever presence at the world-famous event, running from Friday 29th June to Sunday 1st July.A vision of the company’s future, the EXP 9 F SUV concept, makes its UK premiere at the Festival. EXP 9 F highlights the marque’s desire to build the fastest and most luxurious SUV in the world, and the concept car combines a stunning interior at the pinnacle of craftsmanship and technology with a clean, muscular exterior. With an exciting range of drivetrain options under consideration, any Bentley SUV would offer the thunderous performance for which the marque is renowned.Supporting these debutants is the Mulsanne Mulliner Driving Specification (MDS) – a new driver-focussed edition of the Bentley flagship that reaffirms its sporting credentials. Featuring sports-tuned suspension and steering settings, unique 21” alloy wheels, and a Diamond Quilted interior, the MDS provides an even greater degree of driving enjoyment without compromising the Mulsanne’s legendary comfort and refinement.The new Continental GT V8 also appears both on the Bentley stand and on the Goodwood Hill. With an all-new 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8 engine, this remarkable Continental combines classic Bentley power and torque with an exceptional power-to-emissions ratio in the high luxury sports car sector.With 507 PS and 660 Nm of torque, the GT V8 sprints from 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds (0‑100 km/h in 4.8 seconds) and on to a top speed of 188 mph (303 km/h). Meanwhile, fuel efficiency systems and pioneering cylinder deactivation technology results in outstanding fuel economy and CO2 performance together with a range of over 500 miles on a single tank.Joining the modern Bentley models on the Hill are two cars from the Company’s Le Mans heritage. The Bentley Speed 8, victorious at the 2003 Le Mans 24 Hours, makes two runs per day, as will the 4½-litre supercharged “Birkin Blower”. Fresh from completing the Mille Miglia for the third time, the car was raced extensively by renowned Le Mans winner and Bentley Boy Tim Birkin of the 1920s.Driving duties for the past and present Bentley models will be shared by three modern-day Bentley Boys. Le Mans legend Derek Bell MBE will be joined by four-time world rally champion Juha Kankkunen together with Guy Smith, who drove the winning Speed 8 across the finish line at Le Mans in 2003. All three star drivers will be on-hand throughout the Festival to meet visitors. www.bentleymotors.com<
The state health services recalled a batch of frozen swordfish steaks on Tuesday after higher than the permitted levels of mercury were detected in the product.According to an announcement, a batch of the frozen swordfish steaks – xifias gladius – sold under the ‘Foodsaver’ brand contain more than the permitted levels of mercury.The recalled batch was frozen on September 24, 2015 and was packed on February 23, 2017. Its best before date is October 1, 2017. The country of origin is Taiwan and the batch number is 1217.The health services have already given instructions to the producer to withdraw the batch in question from the market immediately. Since some of it may already have been purchased, it said, consumers are urged to avoid eating the product in question and returning it to the point of purchase.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
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