Fraud Case Detail Emerges Around Owner of Proposed Mega-Mine in Australia

first_imgFraud Case Detail Emerges Around Owner of Proposed Mega-Mine in Australia FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:A global mining giant seeking public funds to develop one of the world’s largest coal mines in Australia has been accused of fraudulently siphoning hundreds of millions of dollars of borrowed money into overseas tax havens.Indian conglomerate the Adani Group is expecting a legal decision in the “near future” in connection with allegations it inflated invoices for an electricity project in India to shift huge sums of money into offshore bank accounts.Details of the alleged 15bn rupee (US$235m) fraud are contained in an Indian customs intelligence notice obtained by the Guardian, excerpts of which are published for the first time here.The directorate of revenue intelligence (DRI) file, compiled in 2014, maps out a complex money trail from India through South Korea and Dubai, and eventually to an offshore company in Mauritius allegedly controlled by Vinod Shantilal Adani, the older brother of the billionaire Adani Group chief executive, Gautam Adani.Vinod Adani is the director of four companies proposing to build a railway line and expand a coal port attached to Queensland’s vast Carmichael mine project.The proposed mine, which would be Australia’s largest, has been the source of years of intense controversy.More: Adani mining giant faces financial fraud claims as it bids for Australian coal loanlast_img read more

Writing copy consumers will read

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Words matter. They matter when you speak them, and they matter when you write them. That’s especially true when you write them down for consumers to read. As much as you would like to believe your customers or members are reading everything you write, they’re not. The truth is they may not be reading anything you write if you aren’t giving them anything relevant or meaningful. Here are some tips for writing copy consumers will actually read.Get to the pointThe phrase “less is more” is so true for marketing copy. Most consumers are browsing your website or skimming your brochures for a specific purpose. Give them the most important information first and continue on with the second most important thing, and so on. It’s called writing in pyramid style.Have you ever looked for a recipe online and had to scroll past five pictures of the blogger preparing the recipe before you found what you needed? That’s how your customers or members feel when you bury the information they need. If you make them read or scroll too much before they find any information of value, you lose their attention. continue reading »last_img read more

Competitive conditions mandate credit unions increase focus on checking

first_imgIn our work with credit unions across the United States, we experience a variety of perspectives about checking. For most, it is part of doing business, but not necessarily a concerted point of focus. Who could argue, as the credit union industry has shown steady annual growth in checking accounts almost 6% since Bank Transfer Day in 2011. However, recent trends suggest some slowing of growth. And as “quiet” as the market for checking appears to be, there are massive shifts afoot that should be examined.To begin with, the dominance of the large banks is insatiable. According to Novantas, in 2017, 45% of all new accounts were opened at Bank of America, Chase and Wells Fargo. Why is that? Because all offer superb digital experiences, provide overall convenience and are continuously in the market with acquisition offers up to $600. While none of the big three offer “truly free” checking, most have qualifiers as low as a $250 direct deposit, so the value exchange with their customer base is strong. All focus on checking, and the results speak for themselves.There are also new elements of competition. “Challenger banks” such as Chime, a U.S.-based digital bank, are now well established. They compete with No Fee Checking, Account Protection (No ODs), and an “Uber-like” digital experience. Chime has opened two million fee-free online checking accounts and is adding more customers each month than Wells Fargo or Citibank (over 250,000). Some may recall the December fiasco of Robinhood, where a new cash management account (aka checking) was offered for sign-up, but then discontinued. Similar to its brokerage services, it featured no fees, along with premium interest and a strong digital experience. The account was eventually rescinded, but had over 850,000 people on the wait list within a month. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Students’ return to Susquehanna Community School District met with virus safety

first_imgThe district put a hybrid reopening plan in place for the students’ return; The student population was split into an “A” group and a “B” group. Peter Supko, the Acting Superintendent for Susquehanna Community, says teachers and students will have a specific workflow as long as virus safety measures are in place. Group A will be in the building on Monday and Thursday and Group B will be in the building Tuesday and Fridays, Wednesday will be a dedicated remote learning day using Google Classroom. “Teachers are preparing videos and lessons, basically what they are doing in class will be online the other days and they [the students] have additional work to do at home,” Supko says. “Kindergarten, the younger kids, early elementary kids, will have some paper work to go home with, due to the fact the computer is not the most savvy thing right now for the younger students.” Social distancing mandates are in place and masks are required to be worn in the buildings and on the school buses. At night, a cleaning crew will come in and spray down the entire building with disinfectants. SUSQUEHANNA, Pa (WBNG) — The Susquehanna Community School District held its first day of classes on Monday.last_img read more

Egypt’s avian flu cases rise to 11

first_imgApr 6, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The human toll of avian influenza in Egypt rose to 11 cases today with reports that an 18-year-old girl has died and an 8-year-old boy is hospitalized with the illness.Three of the 11 cases have been fatal, and all have involved children or young adults with a history of contact with sick poultry, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in an update on the situation. The WHO today increased its global tally of avian flu cases to 192, with 109 deaths.The 18-year-old girl died today, after 8 days of illness and a day of hospitalization, the WHO said. She was from the Minufiyah governorate north of Cairo.An Agence France-Presse report citing Egypt’s official news agency listed the girl’s name as Iman Mohammed Abdel Gawad and gave her age as 16.Also reported today was the case of an 8-year-old boy from the Qalibiya governorate near Cairo. The WHO said he was hospitalized in stable condition but gave no other details.Today the WHO also recognized two other Egyptian cases that were reported earlier by the media, one in a 31-year-old Egyptian who works in Jordan and the other in a 16-month-old girl.The 31-year-old man had helped slaughter poultry while on a recent visit to his home south of Cairo, the WHO said. He returned to Jordan on Mar 29 and was hospitalized the next day; he remains hospitalized in stable condition. Health officials in both Egypt and Jordan have concluded that he almost certainly caught the virus in Egypt, the WHO said.The agency said the 16-month-old girl, whose case was reported yesterday, remains in a hospital in stable condition. She is from the southern governorate of Sohaj.In addition, the WHO today noted the fatal case of avian flu in a 12-year-old Cambodian boy, reported by the media yesterday. The boy, from the southern province of Prey Veng, became ill Mar 29 and was hospitalized in Phnom Penh on Apr 4.A team of Cambodian, WHO, and Pasteur Institute officials visited the boy’s village yesterday and learned that many chickens and some ducks had died there in recent weeks, the WHO reported. “The child reportedly gathered dead chickens for distribution to village families for consumption,” the statement said.The team found 25 close contacts of the boy, none of whom had signs of illness so far, the agency reported.See also:Apr 6 WHO statement on situation in Egypt 6 WHO statement on Cambodian case read more

Notts scheme aims to regenerate canal area

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Worker says he was fired from job for wearing Trump hat

first_imgA Virginia man says he was fired from his job at a shipyard after he refused to take off his MAGA hat.The Virginian-Pilot reports that Dave Sunderland was fired last week from Newport News Shipbuilding. The private firm builds the nation’s aircraft carriers and some of its submarines.Sunderland said the human resources department said he violated a policy that bars yard workers from “campaigning” while on the job. A spokesperson for Newport News Shipbuilding says the company doesn’t allow political campaign or partisan political activities on company property.last_img read more

The Latest: USL’s Indy Eleven to return with limited fans

first_img“This is one of the hardest decisions athletic departments have to make, but it comes at a time when we are facing the most serious financial challenge we have ever seen,” Boise State athletic director Curt Apsey said in a statement Thursday.The cut to baseball comes after the program was recently reinstated. The school announced in 2017 that baseball was being added after it had been discontinued following the 1980 season. The 2020 season was Boise State’s return, but the Broncos played only 14 games before the season was canceled.The school said all scholarships for athletes in the affected programs, including incoming 2020 signings, will be honored.___Finishers of the virtual Boston Marathon will receive their medals in an Amazon package instead of having a volunteer drape it around their necks on Boylston Street. Race organizers announced plans for the event on Thursday. Runners will have from Sept. 7-14 to complete the 26.2-mile distance and submit proof. There is no time limit, but it must be completed in one continuous run.Also included in the post-race package will be a participation shirt, a program, a bottle opener and other unspecified celebratory items.The virtual race is open for those who had already registered for the real one, which was scheduled for April 20 and then put off until Sept. 14 before it was canceled. The cost to register for the virtual race is $50.The Boston Athletic Association says it is encouraging the more than 10,000 volunteers who had signed up to give back to their communities in another way. They can receive their volunteer jacket or donate it to a front-line worker.___ Associated Press July 2, 2020 The Latest: USL’s Indy Eleven to return with limited fans More AP sports: and Security checks will be conducted with walk-through magnetometers and ticket-scanning will be contactless. Concession lines will be marked with spots 6 feet apart, condiments will be served in single-serve packets, refills of food or beverages will not be allowed and most items will be served in sealed containers or wraps.Players, referees and staff who are not competing on the field also will be required to wear face coverings. Flag bearers, player escorts and ball kids will not be used, and players will be discouraged from celebrating with hugs or high-fives.Ten of Indy’s 15 remaining games will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium.Indianapolis also will be hosting the first NHRA drag racing events next Saturday with limited fans in attendance.___ Rojas said all other coaches and players have reported for intake screening. Assistant hitting coach Tom Slater will substitute on site for Davis, who lives in Arizona during the offseason.“I think we’re going to get the best of Chili whether he’s with us at the start of camp or whether he’s working remotely. I mean, we’re in constant communication. Chili and I practically talk every day and he’s in communication with the coaches,” Rojas said. “So he’s going to be helping us. He’s a great asset, he’s got great knowledge, great experience. He helps the players with hitting, with playing the game. He helps the coaches as well with his view of the game. So he is going to be working remotely and we’re going to feel his presence.”___Boise State is cutting its baseball and women’s swimming and diving programs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.The program cuts, along with additional department and program operating reductions, will reduce the overall athletic budget by nearly $3 million. League officials announced a 263-game schedule that will be played over a 13-week span, leading to a 16-team playoff scheduled for October.Indy also released a nearly 2,000-word document about changes that will be implemented at the stadium, home of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, to protect those inside from COVID-19.Changes include mandatory face coverings inside the stadium except when people are eating or drinking, limiting groups to four or fewer tickets, separating those groups with at least four empty seats and using a minimum of every other row to maintain social distancing.Tailgating will not be permitted. Fans also will enter the stadium in staggered 15-minute shifts and will exit by row with those nearest the exits leaving first.Each ticket holder also will be asked if they’ve been in close contact with anyone who had a confirmed case of COVID-19 and if they are experiencing specific symptoms of the illness before they can undergo a temperature check. Anyone topping 100.4 degrees will not be admitted, though fans can request a recheck after a cooling down period. The French Open will be held with fans when it starts in September.The French Tennis Federation has written on Twitter that tickets will go on sale to the general public on July 16. The FFT did not give more information as to how many fans will be allowed at Roland Garros for the Sept. 27-Oct. Oct. 11 tournament.The clay-court tournament had been scheduled to start on May 24. It then got postponed to Sept. 20 because of the coronavirus pandemic and then pushed back another week.The FFT has prepared a health and safety protocol to ensure the safety of fans.___center_img The Boston Red Sox are getting ready to open their spring training reboot at Fenway Park.On Thursday, a day before the team was scheduled to hold its first workouts, weights and exercise equipment were set up in the concourse to allow players to work out with more social distancing than the usual cramped facilities would allow.Masked grounds crew members worked to get the field ready.Baseball suspended spring training in March because of the coronavirus outbreak and delayed opening day. The players and owners agreed last month to try again, with teams reporting for workouts on Friday and the first games of a 60-game schedule to be played in empty ballparks on July 23 or 24.Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker was at Fenway on Thursday to sign an order allowing the Red Sox to open the ballpark without fans as the state launches Phase 3 of its reopening plan. ___New York Mets hitting coach Chili Davis will continue working remotely when the team’s summer camp opens Friday.The New York Post was first to report that the 60-year-old Davis won’t be on site at Citi Field for the beginning of practices because of concerns about the coronavirus.“The timeline for him to join us is uncertain yet,” new Mets manager Luis Rojas said on a video call Thursday.The Post, citing anonymous sources in its report, said Davis does not have the virus. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The United Soccer League’s Indy Eleven will return to action next Saturday with limited fans at Lucas Oil Stadium. The link between Wimbledon and strawberries is muddy but the main theory has to do with timing. Strawberry season in Britain just happens to coincide with the tennis tournament.Cream is optional.___Novak Djokovic says he and his wife have now tested negative for the coronavirus.The top-ranked player tested positive for the virus after playing in an exhibition series he organized in Serbia and Croatia with zero social distancing amid the pandemic. The cancellation of the Wimbledon tennis tournament has led to a “berry” big boon for health care workers in London.The All England Club says it will donate 200 portions of strawberries to workers on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic every day.The club says more than 26,000 strawberries that would have been used for Wimbledon are being prepared by staff for delivery.Wimbledon says it is a “small gesture of appreciation for the dedicated service of the NHS during what would have been The Championships Fortnight.”Wimbledon was canceled this year for the first time since World War II because of the pandemic. The tournament had been scheduled to start on Monday. West Indies cricket coach Phil Simmons has mixed with his squad again in Manchester after passing his latest test for the coronavirus.Simmons returned from his father-in-law’s funeral last week and had been self-isolating in his hotel room at Old Trafford.He had been watching the team’s intrasquad match from his balcony but was allowed to interact with his players after passing a third consecutive virus test.The first test against England starts on Wednesday.___ His media team says “Novak Djokovic and his wife Jelena are negative for COVID-19. That was shown by the results of the PCR tests that both had in Belgrade.”The statement says both had no symptoms and that they were in self-isolation in the Serbian capital since testing positive 10 days ago.Djokovic was the fourth player to come down with the virus after participating in matches held in Belgrade and Zadar, Croatia. The others were three-time Grand Slam semifinalist Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki.___Swiss soccer club St. Gallen says a player tested positive for coronavirus after visiting family in Serbia. The Swiss league leaders say they allowed Boris Babić to make the two-week trip while recovering from a serious knee injury.The 22-year-old forward tested positive upon his return. The club says he does not have symptoms and is in self-quarantine.St. Gallen says Babić has not had contact with his teammates.Attention on Serbia’s rising number of coronavirus cases followed Novak Djokovic and three other tennis players testing positive at a tournament he organized in Serbia and Croatia last month.___last_img read more

Officials Help 20 Suspected Human Trafficking Victims in Super Bowl Crackdown

first_img“Trafficking survivors and other experts had previously warned us that our community would attract human traffickers that look to take advantage of the economic impact and influx of visitors produced by the Super Bowl itself,” State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle says. “That is why we joined forces with local, state and federal agencies and community organizations to tackle this threat successfully as one team”.Out of the five human trafficking charges filed against individuals, three of them were filed as federal crimes, while the other two were filed as violations of Florida law, the Miami-Dade State Attorney says. Eight buyers, or “Johns,” as well as 34 accomplices were also arrested on human trafficking charges. Law enforcement officials were prepared to address the human trafficking issue during Super Bowl week, and those efforts paid off.According to the Miami-Dade State Attorney, authorities recovered 20 suspected human trafficking victims during Super Bowl LIV. Four of those victims said they lived in Miami-Dade or Broward counties, although the remainder said they were from other states and four foreign countries.The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Human Trafficking Task Force, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the FBI, Homeland Security Investigations, the Miami-Dade, Miami Beach and City of Miami Police Departments, as well as other local law enforcement agencies, the local Super Bowl Host Committee and the Women’s Fund Miami-Dade partnered in order to prevent potential human trafficking activities in the days leading up to and after the big game.last_img read more

England’s volunteer course raters are just champion!

first_img Tags: Course rating, The Colony Golf Club, Vienna, Volunteer An England Golf team of volunteer course raters proved they are on top of their game when they beat off a challenge from over 20 other European countries.Karen Hearn, from Warwickshire, Rosemary Rice of Surrey, Jackie Keay of Hampshire and Mark Ward of Kent represented England at course rating seminar in Vienna, attended by teams from countries and golf associations across Europe.They came out on top when all the teams undertook a series of tasks to show how each country rates and evaluates the golf courses under its jurisdiction and how that compares to the master rating, set by the United States Golf Association.Gemma Hunter, England Golf Handicap and Course Rating Manager, remarked: “Our course rating teams are very knowledgeable and we were absolutely delighted to prove this to the rest of Europe!”England Golf has over 70 volunteer teams who rate the courses at its 1900+ affiliated clubs, giving them a standard scratch score which is used for handicapping purposes.The seminar was hosted by the Austrian Golf Federation at The Colony Golf Club, Vienna and led by Scott Hovde, the USGA Assistant Director of handicap and Course Rating.The volunteers also managed to squeeze in some sight-seeing time during their trip. 22 Jun 2018 England’s volunteer course raters are just champion! last_img read more