The need to fight childhood diseases seems obvious. But the politics behind a push in Congress to fund additional pediatric research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have gotten pretty murky.On 11 December the House of Representatives passed a bill that would provide NIH with an estimated $126 million over the next decade for studies related to childhood diseases. The money would come from a fund created by a $3 checkoff box on U.S. tax forms, which earmarks the funds for public financing of presidential elections. Some 72 Democrats joined with an all-but-unanimous contingent of Republicans to provide the two-thirds majority needed to adopt the legislation, which has been championed by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA).The bill, H.R. 2019, is named the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act. Miller was a 10-year-old Virginian girl who died last year of a brain tumor, and the bill initially drew rave notices from dozens of biomedical research and disease advocacy groups. “We strongly support increased funding for NIH, and appreciate your identification of medical research as a priority in a time of deficit reduction and fiscal austerity,” a coalition of universities and biotech companies called United for Medical Research (UMR) wrote to the bill’s sponsor, Representative Gregg Harper (R-MS) on 27 June. It’s “a great step in the right direction to put the NIH back on a plan for reasonable growth,” the American Society of Clinical Oncology wrote in a 10 July letter thanking Harper for introducing the bill.Last week, Virginia’s two Democratic senators, Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, teamed up with Republican Orrin Hatch of Utah to create what they hope will be a similarly successful bipartisan coalition in the Senate. Kaine and Warner say they were swayed by Miller’s parents. “The cause is good. Once you talk to people about the need for more pediatric research, they get it,” Kaine told local media.But the Senate trio won’t be getting the same kind of supportive letter from UMR that the group sent the bill’s House sponsors this past summer. “We have no plans to take any other action on the legislation,” UMR President Carrie Wolinetz tells ScienceInsider.Why the about-face? “We had hoped that the bill would be a starting point for a broader discussion” about the importance of restoring cuts to NIH’s budget from last year’s mandatory sequestration, says Wolinetz, who is a lobbyist for the Association of American Universities. “But it’s turned out to be a distraction.”She and other research advocates worry that Congress may feel that “the job is done” once it approves this small boost for pediatric research and forget about the bigger problems facing the $30-billion-a-year agency. Ironically, she says that Cantor’s “passionate support” has given the bill a “high profile politically” that could increase the likelihood of such a response. “We’d prefer that the Senate take up the broader issue of adequate funding for NIH,” Wolinetz says.Several House Democrats explicitly questioned the commitment of their Republican colleagues to the issue before the vote this past December. “We all want to fund more research to fight pediatric disease. Nothing could be a more worthy objective,” said Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA) on the House floor before joining a majority of the body’s Democrats in voting against the measure. “If we could only reverse the cuts that this House has adopted under Republican leadership, the [NIH] could make an even greater amount of progress in understanding and treating so many different devastating diseases for children and others.”H.R. 2019 would bar the public financing funds from being used for national political conventions, putting them instead in a “10-Year Pediatric Research Initiative Fund” within the Common Fund managed by the NIH director. (Presidential candidates could still use money from the fund for their campaigns, but recent candidates have declined to accept the money because acceptance imposes a ceiling on overall spending.) The legislation says that NIH cannot use the money for any other purpose, and the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has estimated that the mechanism would yield $12.6 million a year. However, there would be no mention of pediatric research on the tax forms that offer the checkoff.For supporters of public financing of presidential campaigns, the Harper/Cantor bill is an outright disaster. “H.R. 2019 would repeal a portion of an anti-corruption campaign finance law which has served the nation well … and has provided ordinary Americans with a critical role to play in financing presidential elections,” a coalition of election watchdog groups argue in a 14 January letter to senators. The current system, they say, “needs to be repaired, not repealed.”Those advocates have tried to rally support for their cause by suggesting that the money wouldn’t actually fund additional pediatric research. They say that’s because continued cuts to domestic discretionary spending, under the 2011 Budget Control Act that created sequestration, would continue to eat away at NIH’s budget and, by extension, its ability to fund pediatric research. “The bill does nothing to change those policies and nothing to increase the amount that the Appropriations Committee has available to support biomedical research,” a group of House Democrat appropriators wrote last fall in a letter to their legislative colleagues.Cantor admits that sequestration is harming NIH. But he says the Kids First bill addresses another issue. Specifically, Cantor was looking for a way to support pediatric research without additional government spending, and asked Harper if he’d agree to alter his bill to terminate public funding of the national conventions to serve that purpose.“Some of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle say this is just a drop in the bucket compared to the sequester cuts. I agree,” Cantor said on the floor. “But let’s not let Washington politics get in the way of any effort to help these kids. … This bill is a choice between allocating moneys for political conventions or pediatric medical research.”Prospects for a Senate vote are unclear, although Kaine told local media last week that he thought the problem was more logistical than philosophical. “Often the biggest hurdle in the Senate is just getting floor time on something,” Kaine said to the Loudoun County Times-Mirror. “I would say that is what we’re strategizing.”
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Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson center Papi Sarr admitted he is still not his normal self after making his debut in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Saturday.The 6-foot-8 big man missed the Falcons’ opening game loss to the Ateneo Blue Eagles due to a groin injury.ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients High-flying Hill promises more poster dunks: ‘I’m here to put on a show’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments “I was literally heavy, I was tired. My body was so tired and so heavy that I’m hoping by next game I’ll be back to normal,” said Sarr. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next LATEST STORIES “I just feel like I’m not 100 percent but I’m on my way there,” said Sarr Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum after helping Adamson beat University of Santo Tomas, 88-81. “I’m trying to get back and just help the team. I think I’m just at 50 percent and I was trying to push myself just to help my team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSarr finished with 10 points, four rebounds, and three assists in just 11 minutes of play.The Cameroonian said he felt sluggish during the game and he wasn’t as mobile as he wanted to be.
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From Lalit K JhaWashington, Aug 31 (PTI) Over 50 interfaith and advocacy organisations have called on the International Basketball Federation to lift its ban on religious headgear that bars Muslim, Sikh and Jewish athletes from competing on a professional level and “defies human rights norms”.”No athlete should be forced to choose between faith and sport.”Muslim women and Sikh men seeking to participate in sporting activities like anyone else should not face superficial and arbitrary barriers to that participation,” these organisations said in a letter to Horacio Muratore, President of the Switzerland-based Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) or International Basketball Federation.”We understand FIBA is expected to announce a permanent decision in the near future on whether the ban on religious accommodations will be enforced. We believe this rule, as it stands, violates basic religious rights of athletes like (Darsh Preet) Singh and Abdul-Qaadir, and countless others, and defies international human rights norms,” said the letter.FIFAs International Football Association Board has acknowledged the religious rights of athletes by changing its rules to allow hijabs and Sikh turbans, it said yesterday.”We request that FIBA follow suit and amend this discriminatory policy to allow athletes of all faiths to compete while maintaining religious principles,” said the letter, which among others have been signed by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIRA) and the Sikh Coalition.CAIR spokesperson Zainab Chaudry said the open letter, signed by dozens of diverse national and local organisations, indicates the “strong support for religious accommodation in sports”.advertisement”Athletes of all faith traditions are inspired by their religious beliefs to work hard to qualify and compete in professional-level sports. We respectfully urge Mr. Muratore and FIBA to change the discriminatory policy and let all athletes play,” he said.”The dozens of organisations signed on to this letter all agree that FIBAs ban has an unfair and discriminatory impact on Muslim, Sikh and Jewish players,” said MPower Change Campaign Manager Mohammad Khan.”Other international sporting organisations, such as FIFA, allow religious head coverings. FIBA should join them and allow athletes of all backgrounds to participate in professional and international basketball,” he said. “We urge FIBA to end its discriminatory ban and allow Sikh, Muslim and Jewish athletes to compete at the highest level,” said Sikh Coalition Director of Law & Policy Arjun Singh. PTI LKJ SAI
Cameron White has been called in to reaplce injured Chris Lynn in the Australian squad for the one-day international five-match series against England beginning Sunday.Lynn, who has played one ODI for Australia, suffered a calf injury in a Big Bash League Twenty20 match last week.WATCHThe injury opened an unlikely door for 34-year-old White, who played the last of his 88 ODIs in 2015 and has since been critical of a pro-youth policy he felt did not reward the performance of senior players.The King of the Six! This is Chris Lynn’s 100th six in the BBL. #BBL07 pic.twitter.com/k2LvFQ3xQt— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) January 5, 2018″Cameron’s in very good form, as his figures demonstrate. He’s playing very well,” selector Trevor Hohns said in a statement on Thursday, referring to White’s impressive displays for Melbourne Renegades in this year’s Big Bash League.”He’s one of the leading run-scorers in this season’s BBL, he’s experienced, he’s a very smart cricketer and he’s a good fielder. He ticks all the boxes for what we need at this stage.”White’s unexpected selection ahead of Glenn Maxwell follows Tim Paine’s shock and inspired inclusion in Australia’s Ashes-winning team despite the wicketkeeper not even being Tasmania’s number one choice.Melbourne hosts the first one-dayer between the Ashes rivals, before the series moves on to Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth.(With inputs from Reuters)
ATHENS (AP) — Greek soccer league organizers have deducted three points from Panathinaikos after the Athens club failed to settle unpaid wages to German defender Jens Wemmer.Organizers say the points will be returned if the debt is settled. The decision dropped Panathinaikos two places to 11th in the 16-club league with 29 points from 26 matches.Panathinaikos is facing the threat of relegation over mounting financial troubles amid reports that players have been skipping practice in protest at payment delays. Club officials have refused to comment on the reports.AEK Athens currently leads the standings with 57 points and is vying for its first Greek league title in 24 years.TweetPinShare11 Shares
Support The Guardian Since you’re here… In Edmundspeak, that is virtually a battle cry. He has always gone about his business quietly, improving incrementally rather than with dramatic bursts of big wins, which is the polar opposite of the rise of his opponent.Shapovalov, the 18-year-old Canadian qualifier who stylishly outlasted Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets in the second round, is running hot this summer after coming to prominence in the leadup tournaments, and his world ranking of 69 will improve appreciably. He has the long, flowing locks and flamboyant court presence of the game’s other young excitement machine, the German Alexander Zverev and the advantage of still being in the tournament after the fourth seed lost to Borna Coric on Wednesday.Edmund says: “Shapovalov likes to be offensive, likes to move forward, take the ball on. He’s been playing well in terms of his run in Montreal [where he beat Rafael Nadal] and then qualifying, so he is feeling good. It’s going to be a tough match but at the same time I’m playing well so definitely no reason why I shouldn’t go out there feeling confident.”“His rise is basically from that Masters. It’s a lot of points to get semis at Masters. He beat me in the grass-court season [at Queen’s] but he didn’t have a great clay-court season. He got on the grass pretty early, playing the Challengers in Surbiton and Nottingham, and he qualified at Queen’s. So he played a bunch of matches which really helped him. Since then, that hard-court run in Montreal will have done the world of good for him. That’s where he’s got his confidence, and qualifying here.”They have history these two. Shapovalov was disqualified in the Davis Cup match against Edmund in Ontario last year when he accidentally hit the chair umpire in the eye.“I definitely watched it back,” Edmund says, smiling. “You can see on the video that my head was down when he hit it. I thought he hit it against the boards at the side where our team was. I thought the umpire was going, ‘Oh no, what’s he done? You can’t smack a ball like that so close to people’. And then I realised it hit him. Read more Kyle Edmund left to fly flag for Britain at US Open after second-round win Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Tennis US sports “It’s quite funny, everyone is in shock, no one is really doing anything. It got a few YouTube hits. All of my matches have got something like 5,000 or 10,000, then you go on that and it’s 200,000 just from that incident.”No umpire was permanently injured in the construction of this anecdote.As for the serious business ahead, Edmund is in good shape, physically and mentally. His impressive win over Johnson was his ninth match in 12 days and the second win over the fiesty American in a week after his run to the semi-finals in Winston-Salem before arriving in New York.It would seem he is handling what has been a stamina problem in previous best-of-five matches, although left-handed Shapovalov’s extravagant movement and snappy groundstrokes will present different challenges.As for filling Andy Murray’s boots after the world No2 withdrew with his worrying hip injury, Edmund says: “It’s more of a shame. It’s not, ‘Oh, well done, you’re the last Brit.’ It’s just a shame that a few of us have lost early and Andy was injured. It is what it is. But in another way it’s good that there’s some more depth in British tennis that we’re able to have other people go further – even if Evo’s not here.”Evo – Dan Evans – still awaits judgment on the length of his ban after admitting taking cocaine this summer. 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Thank you. features Kyle Edmund Kyle Edmund would figure well in any poll for diffidence and politeness in the often noisy tennis jungle but the last British player standing at the US Open revealed before his third-round match against Denis Shapovalov on Friday that he has found his version of a mean streak.“This trip I’ve been a little bit more animated,” he says when pressed about a couple of appeals to the chair umpire during his impressive straight-sets win over Steve Johnson on Wednesday night.“My natural thing is probably to be a bit quieter. I have the same thoughts and stuff [as more volatile players] but you just keep them to yourself. But taking the fight to the opponent mentally is going to help me moving forward.“I’m trying to figure out ways to help me. I don’t feel like a lot of the [poor] stuff in my game is to do with my shots; I believe my ball-striking is really good, some of the best in the world. But where I’m going wrong is other areas. When I played [Grigor] Dimitrov in Washington, I got pretty upset there with a call. When I feel it’s an appropriate time to make my feelings heard, I will do it. I won’t do it unnecessarily but it’s definitely helped me.” Share on Twitter Topics US Open tennis Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp US Open Tennis 2017 Share on Messenger
PISCATAWAY, NJ – SEPTEMBER 30: Quarterback Joe Burrow #10 of the Ohio State Buckeyes calls out signals during a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on September 30, 2017 at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey. Ohio State won 56-0. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)Joe Burrow was the most-coveted transfer on the college football market until Friday afternoon. The former Ohio State quarterback announced earlier this month his intentions to leave the program.After being left in limbo while Burrow visited Cincinnati and LSU, several reports linked the Ohio native to North Carolina as well.Here’s the latest on his transfer.Latest on Joe Burrow’s transfer from Ohio StateBurrow has already taken visits to two programs: Cincinnati and LSU. He reportedly spent one day on the Bearcats campus, as opposed to three with the Tigers which could be a big deal, though we though we might have been reading too much in to that.We weren’t.According to Tom Groeschen of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Burrow is headed to the SEC. Breaking: #OhioState transfer QB Joe Burrow has picked LSU, according to highly-placed #UC source. Had narrowed it to LSU and #Bearcats.— Tom Groeschen (@TomGroeschen) May 18, 2018LSU didn’t have an immediate starter in the wake of Danny Etling exit via the NFL draft, opening the door for Burrow to win the starting job. He’ll have a few months to learn the playbook before the 2018 season kicks off.
LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 24: Players for the Iowa Hawkeyes line up to take the field against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on November 24, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)The NFL combine is a few weeks away but we now know which college football stars have been invited to the event. The Iowa Hawkeyes look set to be well-represented with several players on their way to Indianapolis.According to NFL.com, four members of the Hawkeyes have been invited to the combine: Tight end Noah Fant, tight end T.J. Hockenson, defensive back Amani Hooker, and defensive end Anthony Nelson.A sophomore in 2018, Hockenson led Iowa in receiving yards last year with 760 – more than doubling his total from the previous season.Fant, a junior, finished second on the team in receiving yards, but led the team in receiving touchdowns for his second year in a row with seven. Path to the Draft! Ball out fellas | #NFLCombine @nrfant @TheeHOCK8 @amaniball @ANelly98 pic.twitter.com/xqsMDQgETm— Hawkeye Football (@HawkeyeFootball) February 7, 2019Hooker finished second on the team in tackles with 65, including 3.5 tackles for loss. He was tied for the team lead in interceptions with four, and led the team in passes defended with seven.Nelson demonstrated terrific pass rush ability for the Hawkeyes in his junior year, notching 9.5 sacks, 13.5 tackles for loss, 45 tackles, and a fumble recovered for a touchdown.Last year there were three members of the Hawkeyes selected in the draft: Center James Daniels (Bears), cornerback Josh Jackson (Packers), and linebacker Josey Jewell (Broncos).
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Nova Scotians will now have better access to the province’s archival heritage thanks to the Provincial Archival Development Program. The program contributes to strengthening and improving the archival network in Nova Scotia and will help increase public awareness, appreciation and use of heritage. Smaller archives around the province are able to cost share initiatives. “Nova Scotia has always been a place rich in culture and heritage and archives play a significant role in preserving and sharing that heritage,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince. “Supporting and strengthening the provincial archival community makes it easier to open windows into our past.” The Provincial Archival Development Program is funded and administered by the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, with the Council of Nova Scotia Archives assisting in the adjudication of the program. Up to $50,000 is available annually. The Eastern Shore Archives received funding for MemoryNS, an online tool that provides access to archival records from institutions across Nova Scotia. MemoryNS has detailed information about records and their creators as well as contact information for the contributing archives. “The Provincial Archival Development Program allows smaller institutions like the Eastern Shore Archives achieve archival goals which would otherwise be beyond the capacity of volunteer-run institutions,” said Thea Wilson-Hammond, executive director, Memory Lane Heritage Village. “With this year’s grant, we plan to make the entire collection lists of the Eastern Shore Archives available online so that researchers can view what is available in the archives and some of the representative images of our collection, through the online database MemoryNS. “We are excited to participate in this program and applaud our province for continuing to support archives, as it has done since the days of Joseph Howe.” Six projects are receiving funding through the program this year: Halifax Regional Municipality Archives, $15,000 Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum, $5,800 Parrsboro Shore Historical Society, $1,786 Beaton Institute, Cape Breton University, $14,755 Dalhousie University Archives, $7,736 Eastern Shore Archives, $4,500 For more information on the program, visit http://archives.novascotia.ca/padp .
OTTAWA – Canada’s pollsters are losing their watchdog.Canadian public opinion and market research firms are vowing to create a new oversight body after the Market Research and Intelligence Association abruptly announced it was shutting down operations.The self-governing, not-for-profit association broke the news of its closure Tuesday morning, telling its members in an email that it would cease day-to-day operations almost immediately, and wind down completely by the end of August.The MRIA’s board chair, Amy Charles, who was appointed to the post in June, indicated the body was facing financial difficulties, but did not elaborate, according to a reported email statement attributed to her.The news appeared to catch many polling and research firms by surprise.Don Mills, CEO of Corporate Research Associates, called the action “a very unfortunate occurrence.”Mills’ organization, along with six others, issued a joint statement late Tuesday, vowing to ensure the highest industry standards would be policed under a new umbrella.“In spite of the difficulties faced by the association, the market research and intelligence industry itself remains vibrant and financially strong,” Mills stated.“We are also in agreement that, in the absence of MRIA, a new organization must be created that will act as the standard-bearer for quality research, industry standards and certification process,” added Leger 360 president Jean-Marc Leger.Not everyone was disappointed by the association’s demise.Independent pollster Janet Brown said the organization did a poor job of policing its members.“The industry need(s) a new organization that’s serious about standards and ethics,” she wrote on Twitter.
HSBC head of compliance stepping down; executives apologize for lapses AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press Posted Jul 17, 2012 2:50 pm MDT WASHINGTON – The chief compliance officer of Britain’s HSBC Tuesday said he was stepping down from that position after an investigation found that lax controls at the international bank allowed Mexican drug cartels to launder billions of dollars through its U.S. operation and other illicit transactions.But David Bagley, the head of compliance for London-based HSBC Holdings, told a Senate investigations panel that he will remain at HSBC.Bagley and other current and former executives of the bank apologized for lapses but said they weren’t fully aware of illicit transactions flowing through the bank.Senators expressed skepticism that they didn’t know about problems that persisted for seven years.A report by the panel, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, also found that U.S. regulators knew the bank had a poor system to detect problems but failed to take action.Bagley has been the head of compliance since 2002, during the period in which the Senate investigation found that HSBC’s lack of oversight allowed the bank to be used by drug traffickers and possible financiers of terrorist groups, and for other illicit purposes around the globe.Bagley said he lacked full authority over the bank’s far-flung affiliates, which each had their own compliance officer.“HSBC has fallen short of our own expectations and the expectations of our regulators,” Bagley testified.He said he had told HSBC senior management “that now is the appropriate time — for me and for the bank — for someone new to serve as the head of group compliance.”The executive who headed HSBC’s Mexican affiliate in 2007 and 2008 said he tried to clean up deficiencies he found in the operation.“I believe that we made real progress at HSBC Mexico during my short tenure,” Paul Thurston told the panel. However, he added, “We know we should have done this better, sooner.”The executives said the bank has made deep changes to its policies and corporate culture to prevent illicit use of the bank. HSBC, which is Europe’s largest bank, changed its senior management last year.Sen. Carl Levin, a Michigan Democrat, the subcommittee’s chairman, challenged Thurston. “This is something that people knew was going on at that bank,” Levin said. “Why did people allow it to continue?”Thurston said the Mexican bank, which HSBC had acquired in 2002, had been a “fast-growth” bank that lacked controls against money laundering.Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, the panel’s senior Republican, said he found it hard to believe that HSBC executives didn’t know what was going on.The CEO of the U.S. division of HSBC also apologized for weak oversight at the bank.Irene Dorner, president and CEO of HSBC Bank USA, said in testimony prepared for the hearing that “we deeply regret and apologize” for the lapses by HSBC.The changes the bank made “‘will be embedded and sustained going forward,” Dorner said.Levin said HSBC’s new policies “are all good steps.”However, he said, while apologies are welcome, “accountability for past conduct is essential. And that is what is missing here.”Levin said HSBC needs to identify which of its affiliates pose a high risk of problems and put them under close monitoring. The bank should consider closing the account of its Mexican affiliate, he said.HSBC also should close its accounts with banks suspected of providing funding to terrorist groups, Levin said.Some HSBC bank affiliates skirted U.S. government bans against financial transactions with Iran and other countries, according to the subcommittee’s report. And HSBC’s U.S. division provided money and banking services to some banks in Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh believed to have helped fund al-Qaida and other terrorist groups, the report said.The U.S. Justice Department said it is conducting a criminal investigation into HSBC’s operations but declined to confirm that the bank is in settlement talks.HSBC’s net income last year was $16.8 billion. It operates in about 80 countries around the world. Its U.S. division is among the top 10 banks operating in the United States. It has assets of roughly $210 billion in its U.S. operations.Money laundering takes profits from the trafficking of drugs, arms or other illicit activities and passes them through bank accounts to disguise the illegal activity.Levin also blasted the federal agency supervising the bank’s U.S. operations, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. He said the agency “tolerated” HSBC’s weak controls against money laundering for years.Thomas Curry, who heads the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, also was to testify at Tuesday’s hearing.Compliance with anti-money laundering laws “is crucial to our nation’s efforts to combat criminal activity and terrorism,” Curry said in a statement. He said the agency expects banks to have adequate programs in place to comply with the laws.
Wellington’s well loved Los Jilbertos will be hosting a grand re-opening following the destruction of the restaurant’s former location back in January.During the early morning hours of Jan. 16, the restaurant was demolished after a semi slid out of control on the highway in front of the restaurant. While two people were inside the restaurant at the time, no major injuries were reported.With the building irreparable, the business owners set their sights on a new location down the road. The restaurant will be debuting at its new location, 1010 West Main Street in Wellington, on Monday, Sept. 2. Customers will be welcome beginning at 5:30 a.m.The restaurant will be open daily from 5:30 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Ohio State junior linebacker Jerome Baker warms up prior to the Buckeyes’ season-opening 49-21 win over Indiana on Aug. 31 in Bloomington, Indiana. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorFormer Ohio State linebacker Jerome Baker has been selected as the No. 73 overall pick in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins.This is the third straight year in which an Ohio State linebacker has been selected in the draft. The Dolphins selected Baker’s now-teammate Raekwon McMillan in the second round of the 2017 Draft. Darron Lee and Joshua Perry were picked in the first and fourth rounds, respectively, in 2016.A two-time honorable mention All-Big Ten honoree, Baker led the Buckeyes with 72 tackles last season. The former four-star recruit out of Cleveland recovered two fumbles in 2017 with eight tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks.Baker announced his intention to forgo his final season of eligibility to enter the NFL Draft on Jan. 8, then ran a 4.53 40-yard dash — the fourth-best among linebackers — at the NFL combine. He also placed in the top 10 at his position group in bench press and vertical jump.The Dolphins open up the 2018 season on Sept. 9 against the Tennessee Titans.
Ohio State redshirt senior guard Ashanti Abshaw suffered a season ending ACL-injury this past weekend during a practice with the women’s basketball team.Abshaw, a native of Cleveland, was set to begin her first season as a graduate player for Ohio State after spending her last four seasons with Cleveland State.Abshaw played in 97 games and averaged 17.1 ppg, recorded 17 double-doubles and was the third fastest player in school history to reach 1,000 career points. She was also a three-time All-Horizon League honoree.There is no timetable for her return, and no date has been set yet for her surgery.
GOOGLE HAVE A special treat for 1970s arcade game fans to celebrate the 37th birthday of Atari Breakout today.The search engine is allowing users travel back in time to an era when bouncing a ball against coloured blocks was seen as the height of technological advancement.Simply type “Atari Breakout” into Google images (or click here) and waste away the rest of your working day with the classic video game.The latest Google ‘Easter Egg’ transforms the images uploaded by the search engine into blocks, while a paddle and ball appear below ready for your retro gaming pleasure.Before the violence of Grand Theft Auto, BioShock or even Street Fighter, gamers spent hours toggling joysticks hoping to hit the brick smashing top score.The game created by Nolan Bushnell and Steve Bristow debuted in 1976 and followed the godfather of video games, Pong, which was also an Atari creation.Super Breakout and Breakout 2,000 followed the original platform and many other variations of the game were produced in later years.Read: This is what the new Google Maps is set to look like >Read: World’s first ever web page to be brought back to life >
JO de Stochi : l’ONU s’inquiète de leur impact sur l’environnementStochi, Russie – Le Programme des Nations unies pour l’environnement (PNUE) a publié un rapport dans lequel il enjoint les autorités russes de réévaluer l’impact sur l’environnement des Jeux Olympiques d’hiver qui se dérouleront en 2014 à Sotchi. L’ONU regrette également le retard pris dans les opérations qui doivent être menées pour compenser cet impact.Fin janvier, une mission des Nations unies s’est rendue dans les montagnes caucasiennes pour se rendre compte de l’avancement des travaux de construction des sites olympiques. Le rapport publié suite à cette mission critique en premier lieu la lenteur de “la mise en œuvre de décisions prises au niveau politique, afin de réduire et de compenser l’impact des projets olympiques et touristiques”. Dans le cadre de cette compensation, sont notamment prévus l’agrandissement du Parc national de Sotchi et l’installation de nouvelles zones protégées, en particulier le long de la côte de la mer Noire. Si le PNUE estime que les responsables du projet se sont montrés “très ouverts aux discussions”, il appelle à une accélération de la réalisation de ces mesures d’atténuation de l’impact néfaste de la construction des sites olympiques sur l’environnement.Par ailleurs, le rapport déplore que les autorités russes “ne prennent pas en compte les effets cumulatifs et synergiques des différents projets sur les écosystèmes de la région de Sotchi et de sa population”. Une critique à laquelle Eduard Mercey, l’un des responsables du département des relations extérieures de Sotchi, a rapidement répondu, affirmant que la préparation des JO d’hiver de 2014 crée de très nombreux emplois, ce qui est selon les autorités “le plus important”.La mission des Nations unies a enfin tenu à rappeler que “la région abrite également la réserve de biosphère du Caucase, qui participe à la réintroduction du léopard dans la région”. La population de léopards du Caucase a été quasiment décimée dans les années 1950 et ne compterait aujourd’hui plus qu’une dizaine d’individus.Le 19 mars 2010 à 17:38 • Emmanuel Perrin
Plus d’alerte à la neige, mais risque de verglasLe verglas risque de s’installer ce matin sur la moitié nord de la France après les importantes chutes de neige d’hier.Si le temps est plus calme aujourd’hui, le nord du pays reste froid. Météo Consult met en garde contre le risque de verglas dû à la chute des températures. Elles ne dépassaient pas 0°C dans le bassin parisien. Les importantes chutes de neige d’hier ont laissé une couche de neige de 1 à 5 centimètres dans le Nord-Est et de 5 à 15 centimètres en remontant vers le bassin parisien.Le ciel est dégagé en Île-de-France, mais les températures doivent encore baisser aujourd’hui.À lire aussiCanicule : 7 règles d’or pour survivre à la chaleurEn région parisienne, les autorités “déconseillent formellement” de prendre la route ce matin. Selon LePoint.fr, le ministre de l’Intérieur Brice Hortefeux demande aux usagers de la route en Île-de-France de renoncer à prendre leur véhicule “sauf impératif professionnel absolu”.La France aurait vécu hier le pire scénario depuis la nuit du 4 au 5 janvier 2003. Ce soir-là, des milliers de personnes avaient été bloquées, essentiellement sur les routes.Environ 3.000 personnes ont dû être hébergées hier soir, dans des centres d’urgence, mis en place pour l’occasion, essentiellement dans les départements de la grande couronne, précise la préfecture de police de Paris. Des milliers de passagers ont également été bloqués à Roissy-Charles de Gaulle, car tous les hôtels étaient saturés alors que plusieurs vols ont été suspendus.Hier, 11 centimètres de neige ont été enregistrés par Météo France à Montsouris, dans le XIVe arrondissement de Paris. Un record battu seulement en 1987 (voir notre article).Le 9 décembre 2010 à 09:18 • Emmanuel Perrin