Center for Courageous Kids Wounded Warrior Camp

first_imgAttention military family caregivers, are you looking for ways to reconnect your wounded service member with their teenager?  Here is your opportunity.The University of Kentucky, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension is hosting the Center for Courageous Kids Wounded Warrior Camp,  August 31–September 2, 2012 for wounded service members and their teenagers, ages 14–18 years old .The wounded warrior camp is a FREE, three-day adventure for families from all states and branches of the military.The Center for Courageous Kids is a world-class medical camping facility located in Scottsville, KY, that provides services to children, preteens, and teenagers and their families across the nation who are living with variety of medical conditions.The Center for Courageous Kids is a state-of-the-art facility that offers programs to fit the needs of every wounded service member. The wounded warrior camp allows individuals to enjoy a variety of activities as a parent-child team, including horseback riding, fishing, archery, rock climbing, basketball, campfires, canoeing, woodworking, bowling, swimming and having a great time.For more information and registering for this event go to: read more

Ashes: James Anderson picks up four wickets as England draw first warm-up game

first_imgPaceman James Anderson picked up four wickets as England’s opening warm-up game of their Ashes tour against a young Western Australia XI ended in a draw in Perth on Sunday.England’s most prolific wicket-taker was the standout bowler for the touring side after they declared on 349/6 before the start of play on the second day of the two-day match.Anderson finished with figures of 4/27 from 13 overs but his opening partner Stuart Broad struggled for rhythm ahead of the five-test series against Australia starting later this month.Broad picked up one for 64 from 13 overs while Chris Woakes, who last season struggled with injuries, went wicketless in 15 overs.”You could probably see from the first session that we were pretty rusty as bowlers,” Anderson told reporters. “We didn’t get it right. The point (of the warm-up match) is to try to get into the tour.”We’ve got two first-class games coming up that we want to be fit for and get the cobwebs out.”Western Australia were bowled out for 338 but kept batting to allow England a full day on the field.Leg-spinner Mason Crane and pace bowler Craig Overton picked up two wickets each, boosting their hopes of making their debuts during the series. Jake Ball returned figures of 1/31.England’s bowlers initially struggled to make an impact as Western Australia openers Josh Philippe and Jake Carder put on 80 runs for the first wicket. Overton dismissed Carder for 22 to break the stand.The 20-year-old Philippe, who is yet to play a first-class match was impressive in his knock of 88, studded with 16 fours.advertisementEngland play their second warm-up match against a Cricket Australia XI in Adelaide starting on Wednesday. Brisbane will host the first match of the five-Test Ashes series from November 23.last_img read more

‘Son can emulate Man Utd cult hero Park’

first_imgSon Heung-Min Tottenham star Son backed by Neville to emulate Man Utd cult hero Park Sungmo Lee Last updated 2 years ago 21:58 18/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Heung-Min Son, Tottenham Getty Premier League Tottenham Hotspur Manchester United The former Red Devils defender admits to having spotted the winger’s talents early, with Valencia urged to snap him up before Tottenham made a move Son Heung-min caught the eye of former Manchester United star Phil Neville early in his career and is now being tipped to emulate Park Ji-sung.The South Korea international rose to prominence at Hamburg, having joined their academy system at 16 years of age.Spurs 14/1 to win PL Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing He would go on to further impress in Germany at Bayer Leverkusen and earn a £22 million move to Tottenham in the summer of 2015.Son is now starring for Spurs in the Premier League and Champions League, with Neville admitting that he is a talent that he has been aware of for some time.The ex-United and England utility man told Goal: “I first saw Son Heung-min when I was a coach at Man United and he was playing for Leverkusen. He was very impressive.”And when I became a coach at Valencia, I suggested to sign Son Heung-min. He was the first player I suggested to sign at Valencia. I thought he was a fantastic young player.“Our owners also knew him well. We needed a winger who has pace and the quality to score a goal. It never happened, but I followed his career.”Neville added on the similarities with his former team-mate in Manchester: “I played with Park Ji-sung at Man United, and they have similar qualities. Their attitude is fantastic. They give energy to their team.Phil Neville Son Heung min Tottenham“Park became a legend at Man United – unselfish work, played in big games. Everyone remembers he stopped [Andrea] Pirlo in the Champions League, he was great to play with, a nightmare to play against.  “I think Son is going the same direction with what Park did at Man United. Maybe Son scores more goals, Park is more of a team player, but they have similar qualities.”  Son made a slow start to life at Spurs, netting eight times in 40 appearances during his debut campaign.He emerged as a key figure under Mauricio Pochettino last season, though, finding the target 21 times in all competitions.The 25-year-old opened his account for 2017-18 by scoring in Tottenham’s 3-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund in their first game of the Champions League group stage. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Sterling & De Bruyne see Man City past Cardiff

first_imgCardiff City 0 Manchester City 2: De Bruyne and Sterling down Bluebirds amid Sane fears Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 01:56 1/29/18 RaheemSterling - cropped Getty Images Pep Guardiola saw Manchester City outclass Cardiff City in the fourth round of the FA Cup but could be left counting an injury cost. Manchester City booked their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup with a 2-0 win at Cardiff City but left the Welsh capital with fears over the fitness of winger Leroy Sane.A clever eighth minute free-kick from Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling’s 19th goal of the season were due rewards for first-half dominance and came either side of a scintillating Bernardo Silva strike that was controversially ruled out for offside.Sane was trying to add to the Championship side’s misery before the break, embarking upon a storming counter-attacking run that was halted when an ugly, lunging challenge from Joe Bennett took away his left ankle. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player He made way for Sergio Aguero to play his part in a second half gripped by a feeling of formality but attention will now turn to how much damage Sane has suffered as the Premier League leaders prepare for a pivotal phase of their battle for honours on all fronts this season.With an eye towards Germany’s World Cup commitments, the world champions illuminated proceedings by addressing Cardiff over the treatment meted out to Sane and countryman Ilkay Gundogan.They and Guardiola will hope the cautionary words did not arrive too late, while Bennett belatedly earned his red card with a second caution for hacking down teenage substitute Brahim Diaz. Hey, @CardiffCityFC. Just letting you know, we have a really important tournament in the summer. Please don’t hurt our players. Thanks, #DieMannschaft  #inSane— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) January 28, 2018Cardiff goalkeeper Neil Ethridge stood firm to repel Gundogan effort in the sixth minute before the midfielder required treatment when Joe Ralls clattered into him on the edge of the box in pursuit of the rebound.The challenge proved particularly ill-advised as De Bruyne cleverly slotted the resulting free-kick beneath the leaping Cardiff wall and into the net.Not for the first time in Manchester City colours, Claudio Bravo produced some unsound handling to almost let a speculative Junior Hoillet effort in for an equaliser.The visitors thought they were 2-0 up in the 25th minute when Silva thundered into the top corner, although Leroy Sane was ruled to be in an offside position – replays suggested he was level – and obscuring the view of Ethridge, who was rendered relatively helpless by the velocity of the strike.The decision went down badly with Guardiola, who remained visibly dissatisfied on the sidelines when referee Lee Mason unsuccessfully told him to calm down.Silva was at the heart of things once more when it came to improving his manager’s mood in the 38th minute, with a sweetly struck left-wing cross dispatched beyond Ethridge despite Sterling’s header not being one from the textbook. This man— Manchester City (@ManCity) January 28, 2018Aguero’s introduction in place of the stricken Sane did not stop Manchester City’s attack from functioning smoothly, with a magnificent tackle by Cardiff captain Sean Morrison required to deny Sterling the seeming formality of a third after the England winger rounded Ethridge.Kenneth Zohore snatched at a rare opening for the hosts, firing over the near post after Paterson got the better of Vincent Kompany with a flick on.Guardiola’s men had dropped their intensity to dangerously low levels and Cardiff sensed a route back into the contest, with substitute Anthony Pilkington almost making an immediate impact from Morrison’s set-piece knockdown before Hoilett’s sweetly struck 25-yarder rippled the top of the netting.Manchester City rode out some discomfort before the excellent Silva and Danilo almost added gloss to the scoreline, meaning Guardiola will have at least a few more weeks to be irritated by quadruple talk. Bennett, on the other hand, might wish to undertake some quiet reflection. Key Opta facts:- Following Kevin De Bruyne’s opener, Manchester City now have five players to have scored at least 10 goals in all competitions this season, more than any other English league side (Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus and De Bruyne).- Of his 10 goals this season, De Bruyne has now scored six from outside the box, at least two more than any other Premier League player.- Cardiff City have progressed just once from their last 11 FA Cup ties against sides from a higher division, last beating then Premier League side Middlesbrough, back in 2008.- As a manager, Pep Guardiola has lost just once in 22 meetings with sides from a lower division (W19 D2), with that sole defeat coming in a Copa Del Rey match against Real Betis back in January 2011.- Sterling’s goal was his first headed effort in any club competition since Boxing Day 2015, in a Premier League game against Sunderland. read morelast_img read more

Hardik Pandya likely to be on sidelines for five months after undergoing surgery

first_imgHardik Pandya likely to be on sidelines for five months after undergoing surgeryHardik Pandya underwent a surgery for his lower back injury that he suffered during the Asia Cup in UAE last September.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiOctober 5, 2019UPDATED: October 5, 2019 10:56 IST Hardik Pandya underwent a surgery for his lower-back injury. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHardik Pandya underwent a successful surgery in LondonPandya suffered a lower-back injury last year during the Asia CupPandya will miss out the T20Is against Bangladesh as wellIndia’s first choice all-rounder Hardik Pandya underwent a successful surgery in London for an acute lower-back injury that may force him out of action for a longer period.”Surgery done successfully. Extremely grateful to everyone for your wishes. Will be back in no time! Till then miss me,” Hardik posted a message with a picture on his Instagram account on Saturday.Hardik is expected to be out of action for five months.The Baroda all-rounder is the second key member in the Indian after premier speedster Jasprit Bumrah, who has been ruled out of the ongoing Test series against South Africa due to stress fracture in his lower back.Hardik played the T20I series against South Africa before being ruled out of the Test series because of the injury. He will miss the T20Is against Bangladesh as well.Hardik first sustained the injury during the Asia Cup in UAE last September. He recovered in time to play in the IPL and the World Cup before the injury resurfaced.The all-rounder who has played 11 Tests, 54 ODIs and 40 T20Is, will be an integral part of the Indian team during the next year’s World T20 slated to be held in Australia.Also Read | Hardik Pandya set for long injury lay-off due to lower back injuryAlso Read | Watch: David Miller’s catch to dismiss Shikhar Dhawan stuns Virat KohliadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Nextlast_img read more

Judge gives 4year sentence to Quebec driver who was texting before fatal

first_imgMONTREAL — A Quebec man convicted of killing another driver and injuring two teenagers while texting at the wheel has been sentenced to four years in prison.Martin Carrieres, 39, had exchanged more than 30 text messages while driving on a poorly lit road in March 2012.Noting that campaigns against texting while driving are not sinking in, Quebec court judge Maria Albanese said she wanted her sentence “to send a clear message to the public.”The accused was found guilty in April 2018 of criminal negligence causing death and criminal negligence causing bodily harm. He was sentenced on Jan. 14.Carrieres was driving at night in Quebec’s Laurentians region when his vehicle crossed into the opposing lane and collided with an oncoming vehicle. The other vehicle was driven by a man returning from a hockey practice with his 13-year-old son and his son’s friend.The other driver died at the scene, and after the crash, a first responder took Carrieres’ cell phone and gave it to police.An analysis of the cellular data showed that Carrieres exchanged 34 text messages while driving between 9:18 p.m. and 9:58 p.m., which the judge said explains the accident.“The analysis of the messages shows that the accused reads them as soon as they are received, because he responds quickly,” Albanese said. “In addition, the exchange he has with his spouse is emotional and acrimonious.”Carrieres initially told his spouse he was going to his mother’s house that night, but she learned that he was in fact meeting a female friend. That put her “in a bad mood” and triggered a string of text messages between Carrieres and the two women, the judge said.She emphasized that appropriate sentencing is a delicate exercise. In this case, she concluded that the accused repeatedly broke the law by texting at the wheel. He was entirely responsible for the accident, she said, calling his actions “flagrant negligence.”She did note that Carrieres had no previous criminal record, is well-liked and expressed remorse that she found to be sincere.“The court is well aware that no matter what sentence is imposed, it will never reflect the pain of the victims,” Albanese said. “The compensation, if there is any, is minimal for them.”Stephanie Marin, The Canadian Presslast_img read more


first_img“What we do know is that in the Okanagan, just this summer alone, there was at least six films that were shot across the Okanagan and we see the Valley there is increasingly busy,” says Prem Gill with Creative BC.According to Gill, last year was the biggest year ever for film and TV production in BC, and there are no signs of it slowing down.“We remain an active jurisdiction, as a province, that the global industry looks to as a place where they know they will get excellence both in production and in post production.”Despite Okanagan Studio’s closure, Gill says there are other businesses in the region providing services to the industry.“In Kelowna, in particular, there is a bit of a digital hub and growing industry there with companies like Bardel Entertainment, Yety Farm who are animation companies. So it is a growing opportunity still, I would say, in regions outside of Metro Vancouver,” she says.“It remains a very interesting place for productions, for both you know you go from snow-capped mountains to the desert, we have a variety of locations. And there’s other businesses still there who are providing these types of services.” Facebook Advertisement KELOWNA (NEWS 1130) – While BC’s film sector has been booming, a massive studio meant to lure large productions away from the Lower Mainland has folded in the Okanagan.Okanagan Studio‘s opening in Vernon in November of 2016 was trumpeted as a first-of-its-kind venture. It was the only full service film and television facility in the region with enough space to accommodate the kind of large production you’d usually find on the Lower Mainland.But now it’s up for sale, reportedly for lack of demand for its sprawling spaces. According to the provincial film commission, it comes down to a business decision. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

Atleo kept key chiefs in dark about education bill announcement court records

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsFormer Assembly of First Nations national chief Shawn Atleo kept key members of the organization’s chiefs executive committee in the dark before appearing next to Prime Minister Stephen Harper to announce a now-stalled First Nation education bill back in February, according to court documents.Emails filed as part of a Federal Court judicial review application to overturn the Harper government’s tabling of a bill governing First Nation education show the AFN regional chiefs for Ontario and Quebec had no knowledge of the details around the Atleo-Harper education announcement before its unveiling.A Quebec Algonquin chief also states in an affidavit Atleo personally assured him seven days before the announcement there was no deal with Ottawa in the works.The emails and affidavits are part of the Federal Court case launched in late February by the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador against Ottawa over the First Nation Control of First Nation Education Act. The AFNQL is seeking a judicial review to overturn the government’s tabling of the bill. The AFNQL argues Ottawa failed to adequately consult with First Nations before tabling the bill. The case is ongoing.The emails from current interim AFN national Chief Ghislain Picard, who is also grand chief of the AFNQL, and AFN Ontario regional chief Chief Stan Beardy, along with the affidavit from Kitigan Zibi Chief Gilbert Whiteduck, show the Atleo-Harper education announcement, which produced the First Nation Control of First Nation Education Act, never received the endorsement of AFN executive.The Harper government, however, initially claimed it had the AFN’s support when forced to defend the bill, which now hangs in limbo following Atleo’s resignation in May and the outright rejection of the proposed legislation by many AFN chiefs.Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt’s office, however, still clings to the claim the AFN entered into some sort of agreement with Ottawa.“Our government is extremely disappointed that the (AFN) did not honour its agreement with the government,” stated Valcourt’s office in an email Tuesday. “As we have said all along, this legislation will not proceed without the support of the AFN.”No paper record exists of any agreement between Ottawa and the AFN, according to Department of Justice lawyers and, as the emails and affidavit show, Atleo was essentially acting alone when he announced his support for the Harper government’s education bill.By all accounts, the seeds of the First Nation Control of First Nation Education Act were initially planted during a Jan. 27 meeting between Atleo, Valcourt, Sto:lo Tribal Council Grand Chief Doug Kelly, Nova Scotia regional Chief Morley Googoo and Chippewas of the Thames Chief Joe Miskokomon. The meeting was held at the AFN’s Ottawa office.Four days later, Atleo assured Picard and Whiteduck during a teleconference the meeting produced no deal.“National Chief Atleo stated clearly that the minister had offered no commitments and there was no deal in the works,” said Whiteduck, in the affidavit. Whiteduck is a member of the AFN chiefs committee on education.Then, on Feb. 5, Atleo sent an email to the AFN chiefs executive informing them an announcement with the prime minister was set for Feb. 7. The news caught Picard and Beardy off-guard.“Many chiefs from my region are surprised as to how this whole process unfolded in a matter of days…because of the blackout around what is to be announced today, I have decided not to attend the said event in Albera. At the very least, as members of the executive, we should have had access to details of the announcement if it is in fact positive,” wrote Picard, in an email sent to Atleo and the AFN executive at 10:30 a.m. on the morning of the announcement. “It is extremely difficult for me to be witness to something I know very little about…I believe most of the chiefs I represent would stand by my opinion.”Later that same day Beardy followed up with an email supporting Picard’s position.“When I received word of this top-down announcement I felt compelled to advise First Nations leadership in Ontario so they were not blindsided by an announcement of this magnitude. Unfortunately, I had to reveal that there was no information on details available,” wrote Beardy, in an email sent at 6:06 p.m. “The media often plays on the divisions of First Nations leadership in Canada. I ask: How can we remain united when most of us remain in the dark?”Atleo resigned as AFN national chief on May 2 saying he didn’t want to be a lightning rod in the debate around First Nation education.He could not be reached for comment.The AFN is again seeking to restart talks with Ottawa on education and Picard has written Harper calling for a “new path forward.”Valcourt’s office is coy about whether it’s willing to reengage with the chiefs on the issue.“We have been clear that we will not invest new money in an education system that does not serve the best interests of First Nations children; funding will only follow real education reforms,” said Valcourt’s office, in its emailed statement.The Harper government tied $1.9 billion in new education funding along with a 4.5 per cent yearly escalator to the proposed bill. The money has been set to flow following the next federal election in read more

Kanestake grand chief says Energy East pipeline will impact land claims

first_imgAPTN National NewsKanesatake Mohawk Grand Chief Serge Simon is worried.TransCanada proposed Energy East pipeline will have a direct impact on his band’s comprehensive land claims says Simon.He wonders why the Crown is absent from the process between his people and the company.APTN’s Danielle Rochette has more on the story.last_img

Wage raise proposals below expectations of working class, Trade Unions

Casablanca – Government proposals to raise minimum wage in public service to 3,000 dirhams an increase by 10%, and in two phases, the inter-professional minimum wage (SMIG) will not satisfy the minimum expectations of the working class and wage-earners in general, said a statement by the three national trade unions.The Moroccan Labor Union (UMT), the Democratic Confederation for Labor (CDT) and the Democratic Federation for Labor (FDT), which were hoping that meetings with the government and the employers’ body will lead to a tripartite agreement to enhance the business climate, condemn the government proposals as lacking a clear vision in dealing with the demands.The commitment by the government to resume the social dialogue after May 1st is an occasion to treat crucial material and social issues related to the working class. Trade unions added that the resumption of the dialogue should also include increasing pensions, implementing the remaining of the agreement dated April 26, 2011, generalizing social welfare cover, improving professional relations and settling social disputes. read more

Spanish husbandandwife team become UNESCO Artists for Peace

13 June 2008Two renowned Spanish performers, the soprano Montserrat Figueras and the composer, conductor and viola de gambist Jordi Savall, are set to become the newest Artists for Peace with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Ms. Figueras and Mr. Savall – who are married to each other – will receive the designation “for their outstanding musical commitment to intercultural dialogue and their contribution to furthering the Organization’s ideals,” UNESCO said in a statement released today.The two performers will be honoured in a ceremony at UNESCO headquarters in Paris on Tuesday, after which they will stage a concert.Born in 1941, Mr. Savall has created three major ensembles that have performed in early music festivals around the world over the past 30 years. He has also conducted many orchestras and written scores for films.Ms. Figueras, born in 1948, is renowned for her personal and distinctive interpretation of early vocal music and founded the Hesperion XXI ensemble with Mr. Savall.Other UNESCO Artists for Peace include the Brazilian singer Gilberto Gil, the Canadian singer Céline Dion, the Mozambican painter Malangatana, the Chinese actress Gong Li and the Spanish flamenco dancer Joaquín Cortés. read more

Japanese technicians probe CEB transformer explosions

He also said that a German company involved in manufacturing one part of the transformers will also arrive in Sri Lanka to conduct tests. Japanese technicians have conducted tests on the Ceylon Electricity Board transformers which exploded recently and have sent samples to Japan for further tests.Power and Energy Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya said that the Japanese technicians are from the company which supplied the transformers to the CEB. Meanwhile a committee appointed to look into the power crisis which affected the entire country recently, is in the process of finalizing its report.Siyambalapitiya said that he will brief Parliament on the findings of the committee and other related matters on Wednesday. (Colombo Gazette) Siyambalapitiya said that the Japanese company is expected to submit a report in a few days on what caused the transformers to explode. The Minister said that the transformers which exploded over the past few days have now been replaced and operations are back to normal.He also said that the Norochcholai coal power plant is also operating to its full capacity and the electricity demand of the country is being met. read more

Wells claws back 75 million from top execs in sales scandal

by Ken Sweet, The Associated Press Posted Apr 10, 2017 6:10 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 10, 2017 at 7:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Wells claws back $75 million from top execs in sales scandal NEW YORK, N.Y. – The problems at Wells Fargo and its overly aggressive sales culture date back at least 15 years, and management had little interest in dealing with the issue until it spiraled out of control resulting in millions of accounts being opened fraudulently, according to an investigation by the company’s board of directors.The bank’s board also clawed back another $75 million in pay from two former executives, CEO John Stumpf and community bank executive Carrie Tolstedt, saying both executives dragged their feet for years regarding problems at the second-largest U.S. bank. Both were ultimately unwilling to accept criticism that the bank’s sales-focused business model was failing.The 110-page report has been in the works since September, when Wells acknowledged that its employees opened up to 2 million checking and credit card accounts without customers’ authorization. Trying to meet unnaturally high sales goals, Wells employees even created phoney email addresses to sign customers up for online banking services.“(Wells’ management) created pressure on employees to sell unwanted or unneeded products to customers and, in some cases, to open unauthorized accounts,” the board said in its report.Many current and former employees have talked of intense and constant pressure from managers to sell and open accounts, and some said it pushed them into unethical behaviour. Monday’s report backs up those employees’ stories.“It was common to blame employees who violated Wells Fargo’s rules without analyzing what caused or motivated them to do so … (or determine) whether there were responsible individuals, who while they might have no directed the specific misconduct, contributed to the environment (that caused it),” the board said.The report also says that problems in the bank’s sales culture date back to at least 2002, far earlier than what the bank had previously said. And that Stumpf knew about sales problems at a branch in Colorado since at least that year.Wells Fargo’s CEO, Tim Sloan, said in a conference call with reporters it was “frustrating” to hear that the bank may have had sales problems dating back so long ago.The bank has already paid $185 million in fines to federal and local authorities and settled a $110 million class-action lawsuit. The scandal also resulted in the abrupt retirement last October of Stumpf, not long after he underwent blistering questioning from congressional panels. The bank remains under investigation in several states and by federal authorities.The board’s report recommended that Stumpf and Tolstedt have more of their compensation clawed back for their negligence and poor management. Tolstedt will lose $47.3 million in stock options, on top of $19 million the board had already clawed back. Stumpf will lose an additional $28 million in compensation, on top of the $41 million the board already clawed back. Along with the millions clawed back from other executives earlier this year, the roughly $180 million in clawbacks are among the largest in U.S. corporate history.The board was unrelenting in their criticism of Stumpf and Tolstedt, saying that both, when presented with the growing problems in Wells’ community banking division, were unwilling to hear criticism or consider changes in behaviour. The board repeatedly faulted Tolstedt, calling her “insular and defensive” and unable to accept scrutiny from inside or outside her organization.The board also found that Tolstedt actively worked to downplay any problems in her division. In a report made in October 2015, nearly three years after a Los Angeles Times investigation uncovered the scandal, Tolstedt “minimized and understated problems at the community bank.”When the scandal first broke, Wells said it had fired roughly 5,300 employees as a result of the sales practices. But when that figure was revealed it was the first time that the board of directors had heard the sales practices problems were of such a large size and scope. According to the report, as recently as May 2015, senior management told the board that only 230 employees had been fired for sales practices violations.Tolstedt declined to be interviewed for the investigation, the board said, on advice from her lawyers.Tolstedt did issue a statement to the media, however, disputing the board’s conclusions.“We strongly disagree with the report and its attempt to lay blame with Ms. Tolstedt. A full and fair examination of the facts will produce a different conclusion,” said Enu Mainigi with the law firm Williams & Connolly.Stumpf also received his share of criticism. In its report, the board found that Stumpf was also unwilling to change Wells’ business model when problems arose.“His reaction invariably was that a few bad employees were causing issues … he was too late and too slow to call for inspection or critical challenge to (Wells’) basic business model,” the board said.Stumpf, however, did not seem to express regret for how he handled those initial weeks after the bank was fined, including where he initially levied most of the blame on low-level employees for the sales practices problems instead of management, said Stuart Baskin, lawyer with Shearman & Sterling, the firm that the board hired to investigate the sales scandal.The investigation found that Wells’ corporate structure was also to blame. Under Stumpf, Wells operated in a decentralized fashion, with executives of each of the businesses running their divisions almost like separate companies.While there is nothing wrong with operating a large company like Wells in a decentralized fashion, the board said, the structure backfired in this case by allowing Tolstedt and other executives to hide the problems in their organization from senior management and the board of directors.Wells has instituted several corporate and business changes since the problems became known nationwide. Wells has changed its sales practices, and called tens of millions of customers to check on whether they truly opened the accounts in question.The company also split the roles of chairman and CEO. Tim Sloan, Wells’ former president and chief operating officer, took over as CEO. Stephen Sanger, who had been the lead director on Wells’ board since 2012, became the company’s independent chairman. Since taking that position, Sanger has clawed back tens of millions of dollars in stock awards and compensation due to Stumpf and Tolstedt. In January, the board took the unusual action of publicly firing four executives whom the board said had major roles in the bank’s sales practices at the centre of the scandal. It also cut bonuses to other major executives, including Sloan.However, the board’s concluded that Sloan had little direct involvement in the questionable sales practices.Sanger said Monday that, with the release of the report, the board would take no more actions to fire management who may have been involved with the sales scandal. However, Sloan said that the bank was still reviewing records and some management has been fired in recent months.Notably, Sloan said that the bank actually had hired back roughly 1,000 employees who may have been dismissed for not meeting those unrealistic sales quotas, or those who may have left on their own accord because they did not want to violate their ethics.The report is unlikely to quell the criticism aimed at Wells Fargo. The bank is still under investigation by Congress, state and federal authorities. And last week an influential shareholder advisory firm said investors should vote out nearly the entire board of directors when the bank holds its annual shareholder meeting later this month.Better Markets, a left-leaning group that wants stricter regulations on banks, called the report “grossly deficient” and said it was “too little, too late.”___Ken Sweet is the banking and consumer financial issues writer for The Associated Press. Follow him on Twitter at @kensweet.Read the Board of Directors’ report on Wells Fargo here. FILE – In this Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, file photo, Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Banking Committee. In the results of an investigation released Monday, April 10, 2017, Wells Fargo’s board of directors has blamed the bank’s most senior management for creating an “aggressive sales culture” at Wells that eventually led to the bank’s scandal over millions of unauthorized accounts. The results of the investigation, conducted by the law firm Shearman & Sterling, also called for millions of dollars in compensation to be clawed back from former CEO Stumpf and community bank executive Carrie Tolstedt. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) read more

In wartorn Syria three million children out of school or at risk

“In Syria, children are risking death to go to school. In the past two weeks, nine school-children, aged as young as five, lost their lives in two separate attacks on or near schools,” said UNICEF’s Syria Representative, Hanaa Singer, in a news release issued over the weekend. The release said that across the country, one in three schools cannot be used because they are either damaged, destroyed, sheltering the internally displaced or are being used for military purposes. Since the war began in 2011, there have been more than 4,000 attacks on schools, it added.“School should not be a death trap. It should a place where children are protected and able to learn, grow, and develop their skills,” Ms. Singer stressed. Escalating violence, displacement, increased poverty, and an overstretched and under-resourced education system continue to force children out of school, denying them of their right to education.In September this year, UNICEF and partners launched a back-to-learning campaign to reach 2.5 million children with school supplies and text books, including 200,000 children living under siege and in hard-to-reach areas. More than 1,200 UNICEF-supported young volunteers are going door-to-door to reach out-of-school children including through alternative learning opportunities.UNICEF’s work with partners and thanks to generous donors support in education is paying off. A recent assessment shows a drop in the number of out-of-school children from 2.1 million in 2014/2015 to 1.7 million in 2015/2016.“This is significant progress but is not enough. We need to invest much more so that every child in Syria is in school,” said Ms. Singer. “We urge all parties to the conflict to protect children, schools and all civilians in line with their obligations under international humanitarian law,” she added. read more

Softball Kerry Coombs served as inspiration before Ohio States win over Michigan

OSU cornerbacks and special teams coach Kerry Coombs talks to the media on March 30 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Complex. Credit: OSU cornerbacks and special teams coach Kerry Coombs talks to the media on March 30 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Complex. Credit: Nicholas McWilliams | Sports EditorOhio State softball coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly wanted her team to be extra motivated ahead of last weekend’s matchup with archrival Michigan. So she called in some help from the football team, asking cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs to speak to her team.Coombs visited the team on Friday afternoon and delivered a fiery motivational speech that energized the team immediately, Kovach Schoenly said.“I’m so grateful to him because our girls hear the same thing over and over from me, so to hear it from someone who understands the tradition, somebody who’s all about it … they literally were ready to run through walls,” Kovach Schoenly saidCoombs’ message was simple: Winners win, losers lose. He spoke about persevering and not giving up until the battle is won. The players took the speech to heart, leaving the room even more energized for the big series than they were before, sophomore outfielder Bri Betschel said.“When we walked out of that room we were like ‘can we just play right now?’” Betschel said. The Buckeyes thanked Coombs for taking time out of his day the best way they could — by beating Michigan.OSU fell in the first two games of the weekend series but bounced back on Sunday, defeating the Wolverines 5-0 thanks to a 10-strikeout, complete-game shutout from junior pitcher Shelby McCombs and two home runs which came against Michigan’s Megan Betsa, one of the nation’s top pitchers.The win snapped OSU’s 21-game losing streak to Michigan, which dated back to April 28, 2010. “To be able to pull off a win against that team,” Betschel said, “It’s just indescribable.”It wasn’t just a win for the softball team, but the entire Buckeye community, Kovach Schoenly said. She was especially thankful to Coombs for visiting, and happy to share the win with him.“It was really fun to have him and embrace the whole Ohio State athletic community,” Kovach Schoenly said. “He was just our biggest fan.”With a 23-9 record, the Buckeyes are off to their best start since the 2009 season. read more

Faulty electronic tags could have seen offenders wrongly sent back to jail

first_imgEquipment used to monitor dozens of offenders or suspects in the community is faulty, it has emerged.Straps used to secure electronic monitoring tags could incorrectly trigger an alert suggesting they have been tampered with.Tests indicate that more than 100 of the straps are faulty, while a small number of individuals may have been wrongly placed behind bars.The Liberal Democrats claimed it was a “colossal blunder”, while the Government insisted there was no risk to the public. Faulty electronic tags could have resulted in offenders being wrongly returned to prison (by @haydsmith)— Press Association (@PA) March 28, 2017 Ministry of Justice MoJ staff notified Electronic Monitoring Services (EMS), which provides the electronic monitoring service, of an increase in the number of alerts raised when equipment worn by an offender or suspect is tampered with.This was investigated by EMS and G4S, which supplies straps and electronic tags used to monitor offenders and suspects who have a curfew as part of their sentence or bail. Justice Minister Sam Gyimah said there was a “small chance” that some “enforcement action” might have been taken against an offender or suspect in response to a false report of tampering.”It does not mean an individual will have been automatically sent to custody,” he said.”A single tamper alert without any additional evidence of an escalation of risk is likely to result in an alternative outcome, such as a warning letter.”So it is unlikely that a first tamper on its own will result in an offender being recalled.”Officials said that if any individuals had been returned or sent to custody, the number was likely to be small. At the end of last month, G4S informed the ministry of an issue with faulty straps.Mr Gyimah said: “We understand that the number of affected straps is small. Only straps that have entered the system since October 2016 are affected.”This is the point at which the batch of potentially faulty straps entered circulation. G4S has been testing straps. That testing indicates that around 1% (115) of the 11,500 straps in use today are faulty.”If no tampering with the tag has been registered, they have operated as normal. Where a strap is faulty, however, there is a risk that it could incorrectly register that somebody has tampered with it.”He stressed that the monitoring functions of the tags themselves are not affected and the security features within them have been working correctly.”Therefore, there has been no risk to the public,” the minister added.”G4S has introduced further quality checks with the strap manufacturer to ensure that no more faulty straps enter the supply chain. The taxpayer will bear no cost for the faults.”Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron called for an urgent review, saying: “People may have been wrongly sent back to prison because of this Government’s sheer ineptitude.”David Byrne, managing director for G4S Monitoring Technologies, said it identified a “manufacturing defect” in approximately one per cent of two specific batches of tag strap clips.He said: “This fault posed no risk to the public and has now been rectified with our supplier and the new clip production process has been tested and independently certified by the Ministry of Justice’s approved test laboratory.” The MoJ noticed an increase in the number of alerts raised when equipment is tampered withCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley  Work to replace all potentially faulty strips is under way, while courts have been informed of the problem. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

McGregor backs up the talk with first round knockout at soldout O2

first_imgAs it happened: UFC Fight Night DublinHolohan, Pendred and Seery make it a perfect start for the Irish at UFC Dublin McGregor and Brandao exchange punches. Source: Rodrigo Romos/INPHO“I said I was going to knock him out in the first round and I did,” the featherweight said afterwards.It was a clean sweep for the Irish with Paddy Holohan, Cathal Pendred, Neil Seery and Norman Parke all winning.Iceland’s Gunnar Nelson was also victorious against Zak Cummings in the co-main event. CONOR MCGREGOR defeated Diego Brandao in the first round of the main event at UFC Dublin tonight.Fighting in the UFC for the third time after wins over Marcus Brimage and Max Holloway, Mc Gregor was going into his first headline bout with a huge amount of pressure given the exposure he has received over the past year.However, the ultra-confident McGregor was dominant from the off — throwing a side-kick to the body and winning by TKO with a series of blows to the head after just four minutes and five seconds.last_img read more

Sesame Street YouTube channel hacked porn uploaded

first_imgThere are many hacker groups out there, a number of which proclaim to perform website hacks in order to highlight vulnerabilities. Hacking the Sesame Street YouTube channel is no such example, and something I don’t think any group would consider, especially when pornography is then uploaded to a channel pre-school kids tune into every day.The account was hacked yesterday and saw typical kid-friendly Sesame Street content replaced with adult content under the guise of videos brought to you by the letter X. In this case X stood for triple-X and content you never want a child to be subjected to.The response from YouTube was to take the channel offline due to violations of guidelines after about 20 minutes of them being live. We hate to think how many children saw the wrong type of videos even during that short period of time, and hope a parent was on hand to quickly close the page and start complaining to Google.Sesame Workshop, the non-profit who run Sesame Street, got an apology out the same day and they are now working to get the original content back up. Google is no doubt trying to track down whoever managed to gain access and upload the porn.Apparently, two YouTube user accounts (mredxwx and mrsuicider91) were linked to the hack and uploads in a message posted to the channel. One of those account holders (mredxwx) has already denied any involvement and is better known for uploading gameplay videos. This suggests it was just a tactic to try and put Google off the scent of who really did this.I have to say, this is a pretty sick thing to do. Depending on exactly what content was uploaded it could have really upset and confused very young children expecting to see Elmo and friends on Sunday morning. I hope the hacker is tracked down and the appropriate charges brought against them.via CNN and The Registerlast_img read more

Roman Reigns accepts ESPN award for WWE Total Bellas viewership goes down

first_imgFacebook Google+ The Undertaker appears on ESPN College GameDay Saturday morning Pinterest The following was posted on Twitter of WWE star Roman Reigns accepting an award for WWE at the ESPN Humanitarian League Awards on Tuesday night. Honored to accept the @ESPN Humanitarian League Award on behalf of @WWE. In every city and in every country we’re blessed with the opportunity to put smiles on faces.— Roman Reigns (@WWERomanReigns) July 18, 2018WWE issued the following on winning the award.WWE wins League Humanitarian Leadership Award at ESPN’s Sports Humanitarian AwardsLOS ANGELES – WWE was honored Tuesday with the League Humanitarian Leadership Award at the fourth annual Sports Humanitarian Awards, presented by ESPN and sponsored by Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. The prestigious award was accepted by WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon, Charlotte Flair and Roman Reigns.John Cena was also named a finalist for the Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian of the Year Award as part of ESPN’s annual Humanitarian Awards.WWE helps to address and provide support on important social issues worldwide, including diversity and inclusion, education, military and bringing hope to critically ill children. In 2017 alone, WWE generated 3.1 billion impressions, held 237 events in the community and donated more than $25 million in media value to its community partners.The Sports Humanitarian Awards is a celebration of the Impact made by athletes, teams and sports industry professionals who use the power of sport to make a difference throughout the world. For the second consecutive year, the sports industry-wide event was hosted at L.A. LIVE’s The Novo on Tuesday, July 17. Don’t miss the 2018 ESPN Humanitarian Awards on Tuesday, July 24, at 7/6 C on ESPN.Total Bellas audience goes down this weekThis past week’s episode of “Total Bellas” on E! did 594,000 viewers on Sunday night according to This number is way down from the prior week that did 712,000 viewers. The adults 18-49 demographic did a 0.27 rating this week, down from last week’s 0.32 rating. Twittercenter_img Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 2K announces global partnership for WWE 2K20 with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society New stipulation added to Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan this Sunday at Clash of Champions WhatsApplast_img read more

2 Somali pirates get life in prison 3rd gets 33 years

first_imgNORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Two Somali pirates have been sentenced to life in prison, and a third has received 33 years because he cooperated with prosecutors in a separate piracy case.The Virginian-Pilot reports that U.S. District Judge Raymond Jackson issued the life sentences Monday after a federal appeals court in Virginia ruled last year that he erred when he sentenced the five men convicted in the case to terms ranging from 30 to 42½ years.In 2010, pirates attacked a U.S. Navy ship that they mistook for a cargo vessel in the Gulf of Aden. Sailors fired back, killing one pirate. The rest were captured.last_img