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Flavor Flav Pleads Guilty to Driving With Suspended License

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Flavor Flav, the Roosevelt-native rapper of Public Enemy fame, admitted to driving on Long Island without a license two years after he was pulled over while en route to his mother’s funeral.The 56-year-old hip hop artist, whose given name is William Drayton, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a felony charge of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license. In exchange for his plea, a speeding charge was dropped.“This has been going on for two long years and I’m glad it’s over,” Flav, speaking in a soft voice, told Nassau County Judge Terence Murphy.He’s facing similar charges—plus counts of driving under the influence, possession of marijuana, open container and more—in Nevada, which he now calls home.The New York charges came after police stopped Flav for speeding 79 mph in a 55-mph zone on the Meadowbrook State Parkway on Jan. 9, 2014, but released him on a desk appearance ticket. His license had 16 suspensions on it at the time, authorities have said.Assistant Nassau County District Attorney Stephanie Palma asked Murphy to sentence Flav to six months in jail, but the judge instead gave the rapper time served—a few hours in jail—and ordered him to pay a $3,500 fine after lecturing him to get his act together.“You have a personal responsibility, and your ignoring that is the basis for many of these issues,” Murphy told Flav. He added that Flav’s mother’s funeral was a “mitigating circumstance but it doesn’t give you the privilege to disobey the laws of New York State.”Flav said through his lawyer, Todd Greeberg, that he wanted to “thank the court for your compassion and understanding” throughout the case. His demeanor was remarkably toned down from prior appearances, including one in which he rapped to reporters.Outside the courthouse, Greenberg told reporters that there were “extreme mitigating circumstances in this case. There was no intent whatsoever to violate the law.”last_img read more

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FAO says avian flu in North Korea is contained

first_imgApr 25, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The recent outbreak of H7 avian influenza in North Korea has been contained, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.The outbreak at three farms near Pyongyang, the capital, was first reported in March. It involves a different strain from the H5N1 virus that has affected nine other Asian countries and killed more than 50 people in the past 16 months.”The virus appears to have been eliminated from the three infected farms by combining culling of around 218,000 infected chickens, vaccination of unaffected birds in unaffected poultry houses and strict biosecurity measures,” FAO consultant Les Sims stated in a news release. Sims traveled to Pyongyang to advise North Korean veterinary authorities on avian flu control.Previously the FAO had said the North Korean outbreak marked the first appearance of an H7 virus in Asia. Today’s statement did not say whether the neuraminidase subtype (N number) of the virus has been identified. Previous reports said samples of the virus had been sent to laboratories in China, the United Kingdom, and Australia for analysis.The FAO said North Korea “acted promptly and appropriately and provided essential information in a timely manner,” including a report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The FAO sent three experts to the country to help with diagnosis and disease management.The agency said it has urged the North Koreans to continue avian flu surveillance throughout the country. “Reagents and laboratory tools provided by FAO will assist in continuing the battle against the virus, but additional strengthening of veterinary diagnostic and surveillance capacity is seen as a priority to ensure that this work is completed,” said Joseph Domenech, the FAO’s chief veterinary officer.Word of the outbreak first surfaced in mid-March, but the government didn’t confirm the report until Mar 27. No human cases have been reported.North Korea has had no reported outbreaks of H5N1 avian flu. South Korea had outbreaks on a total of 19 farms in late 2003 and early 2004 but had no human cases.The North Korean outbreak prompted the first meeting between North Korean and South Korean officials since July 2004, according to an Apr 22 report in the South Korean newspaper the Korea Times.A delegation of South Korean officials traveled to the North Korean border city of Kaesong Apr 22 to discuss collaboration to battle the outbreak, the newspaper reported. The meeting followed a South Korean offer to help North Korea deal with the virus. South Korea agreed to send about $713,000 worth of quarantine equipment to North Korea, the story said.The newspaper said relations between the two Koreas have been strained ever since South Korea airlifted 460 North Korean refugees out of Vietnam 9 months ago.See also:FAO statementhttp://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2005/102016/index.htmlApr 5 CIDRAP News story “North Korea has Asia’s first outbreak of H7 avian flu”last_img read more

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Tees brewing

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PREMIUMJakarta working on smart city mobile app

first_imgLOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Log in with your social account Linkedin Facebook Forgot Password ? Topics : Google The Jakarta administration is working on a multipurpose mobile application that will cater to the needs of Jakartans for a variety of information on the capital city, including latest updates on floods and a map of affected areas across Jakarta.The app, dubbed Jakarta Kini (JAKI), is managed by the Jakarta Smart City (JSC) team, a unit under the Jakarta Communication, Information and Statistics Agency, which manages the use of information technology for public services. A beta version of the software has been downloaded 82,756 times through the Google Play store as of Friday.JSC chairman Yudhistira Nugraha said the team had developed the app because more and more people were using smartphones rather than computers.”This mobile-first principle was driving our team to develop the app,” Yudhistira told The Jakarta Post on Friday. “We assume people have access to [… #Jakarta smart-city #SmartCity technology #technology mobile-app #mobileapplicationlast_img read more

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Asian markets set to push higher after overnight gains

first_imgAsian markets look set to rise on Tuesday, building on newfound momentum after bargain hunters helped a recovery in US markets after last week’s selloff.Australian S&P/ASX 200 futures were up 0.64 percent in early trading, while Japan’s Nikkei 225 futures rose 0.21 percent. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index futures were up 0.61 percent.E-mini futures for the S&P 500 were up 0.16 percent. Asian markets have been buoyed by positive signs around China’s economic recovery, although the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak economic havoc globally and raise concern about high valuations.Investors will remain cautious ahead of the first US presidential debate set to take place later on Tuesday, and as lawmakers continue sporadic efforts to cobble together additional economic stimulus.US consumer confidence and home price data is also due on Tuesday. Upcoming US economic data should help show how well the country is positioned to rebound from pandemic lockdowns, and how necessary more stimulus will be.“Globally, a loss of momentum and the renewed rise in COVID-19 infection rates points to the need for additional fiscal and monetary support. That policy outlook is continuing to provide a supportive backdrop to equities despite recent volatility,” wrote ANZ Bank New Zealand in an analyst note. US traders posted strong gains on Wall Street on Monday, particularly in hard-hit sectors like hotels, banks and airlines which posted sizeable gains after several days of decline.On Wall Street, Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1.51 percent, the S&P 500 gained 1.61 percent, and the Nasdaq Composite was up 1.87 percent.MSCI’s gauge of stocks across the globe gained 1.68 percent, while the STOXX 600’s banking stock index was up 5.6 percent, after hitting a fresh all-time low on Friday.But there were still some signs of caution, as Europe is experiencing a rise in new COVID-19 infections and some US states continue to grapple with high case numbers.Safe-haven spot gold added 1.2 percent at US$1,881.49 an ounce. US gold futures gained 0.89 percent at $1,874.30 an ounce.But the US dollar dropped from a two-month high against a basket of currencies Monday, with the dollar index falling 0.3 percent, its biggest daily percentage drop in roughly three weeks.The weakening US dollar helped drive up oil prices. Brent crude settled up 51 cents to $42.43 a barrel, or 1.22 percent. US West Texas Intermediate settled up 35 cents at $40.60 a barrel, or 0.87 percent.US Treasury yields were largely flat, with no fresh data or issuances shaking up the market. The benchmark 10-year yield was up 0.2 basis point on the day at 0.661 percent.Topics :last_img read more

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University roundup: Cambridge nets 19% investment return

first_imgCambridge University’s £3bn (€3.4bn) endowment fund (CUEF) posted an 18.8% investment return for the 12 months to 30 June 2017 – almost three times its return for the previous 12-month period.The fund, managed by the university’s investment office, gained 6.3% in the 12 months to 30 June 2016. Over five years to the end of June last year, it has generated an annualised return of 13.8%.In his report, Professor Duncan Maskell, senior pro-vice-chancellor at Cambridge University, said: “Despite a steady fall in broad market volatility, an increase in the dispersion of individual stock returns in the second half of the year favoured active management, and the CUEF benefited from the outperformance of its equity and hedge fund managers compared to their benchmarks.”He added: “There were strong performances in private investments and direct property assets. Over the year the overall conditions were benign, continuing to favour equities over other asset classes, but also caused few investments to be objectively cheap relative to their histories.” At end-June 2017, CUEF’s portfolio was invested 59% in public equities, 13% in private investments, and 12% each in absolute return investments and real assets.Some long-term investments were held outside CUEF, including certain investment properties in Cambridge and equity investments in spin-out companies overseen by the university’s technology transfer company Cambridge Enterprise.CUEF finances university posts and activities, with several colleges also as investors.Oxford ups public and private equity exposures Meanwhile, Oxford University’s Endowment Fund (OEF) reported a 9.2% investment return for the 2017 calendar year.This compared with a 2016 return of 16.4%, which was due in part to a flexible currency strategy benefited from sterling’s movements after the EU referendum in June 2016.The £2.6bn pooled fund – run on behalf of Oxford University and a number of individual colleges – has returned 11.7% a year on average over the past five years.OEF said the most significant change in 2017 was the increase in exposure to public equity at the expense of cash.
 It invested an additional 6.3% of its portfolio into listed equity managers in early 2017, finishing the year an allocation of 53.2%.OEF’s public equity managers gained 14.5% annualised over the past five years.In 2017, OEF’s bias towards sectors with the highest potential returns led to considerable investment in consumer franchises in both developed and developing markets, the fund reported.However, it said it had seen less opportunity for growth in more mature, capital intensive and heavily regulated sectors such as energy.At 31 December 2017, the portfolio had a 1.4% exposure to energy exploration and extraction with a further 1.3% in energy-related sectors – much lower than energy’s natural weighting in equity markets.During 2017, OEF continued to commit to private equity – 23.6% of the portfolio at end-2017 – concentrating on growth equity, niche sector strategies and venture investments, and backing some new groups raising their first funds in the US, UK and China. The private equity portfolio returned 18.6% annualised over the past five years.The endowment’s credit exposure – 8.6% of the portfolio – includes investments in direct lending and complex special situation strategies in the US, Europe and Asia.Within its property holdings – 5.9% of the total – OEF said it had built a solid portfolio of UK commercial and residential properties to complement its holdings in strategic land and rural estates. Together with the £500m Oxford Capital Fund, which provides expendable capital over the medium term, typically for building projects, OEF is run by Oxford University Endowment Management, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the university.  OEF’s investment objective is to grow its capital by an average of 5% a year in real terms, at a lower volatility than experienced by investing solely in the public equity markets.last_img read more

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New CFO appointed as Chevron shuffles leadership roles

first_imgU.S. oil major Chevron has made several senior leadership changes including the appointment of a new chief financial officer (CFO).Sign in front of Chevron’s Houston office; Image: Jonathan McIntosh; Source: Flickr – under the CC BY 2.0 license (image is cropped)Chevron said on Monday that it named Pierre Breber as the vice president and CFO, effective April 1. He replaces Patricia Yarrington who chose to retire after 38 years of service with the company.In related staff moves, Mark Nelson, the current VP of midstream, strategy, and planning, will succeed Breber as the executive VP of downstream and chemicals.Colin Parfitt, currently the president of supply and trading, will become vice president of midstream. Both appointments are effective on March 1.Michael Wirth, Chevron’s chairman and CEO, said: “Pat’s leadership, insight, and judgment were instrumental in directing our financial strategy over the last decade and essential in guiding our company through unpredictable commodity market conditions in recent years.”Breber joined Chevron in 1989. He became vice president and treasurer in 2009, vice president of gas and midstream in 2014, executive VP of gas and midstream in 2015, and executive VP of downstream and chemicals, his current position, in 2016.“Pierre is uniquely qualified to be our next CFO, having served in senior finance roles and operating roles across our downstream, midstream, and upstream businesses. Pierre’s deep financial background and broad knowledge of our operations will be valuable in ensuring we remain financially strong and create lasting shareholder value,” Wirth said.Nelson brings more than three decades of marketing, operations, and strategic planning experience to his new role. Prior to his current position, which he assumed in 2018, Nelson served as VP of corporate strategic planning; president of international products, with responsibility for Chevron’s refining and marketing businesses in Europe, Africa, Middle East, and Asia; and president of Chevron’s Canadian upstream business in Calgary.“Mark’s breadth of experience, results-driven leadership and deep knowledge of our downstream and chemicals business makes him the right person to take the helm of this significant segment of Chevron,” added Wirth.Parfitt began his career with Chevron in 1995 with the Chevron International Oil Company, based in London. Since that time, he has held a variety of leadership, sales and marketing positions in Chevron’s supply and trading, Oronite Additives, Lubricants, and Americas Products businesses.Wirth stated: “Colin is an experienced leader who will ensure that our midstream business continues to create value in supporting our upstream and downstream assets and enabling Chevron to continue to deliver the energy that improves lives and powers the world forward.”It is worth noting that Breber, Nelson, and Parfitt will all report to Wirth following them taking on their new roles.last_img read more

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Ten new cases of COVID-19 reported locally

first_imgStatewide — The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has reported that 871 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 on Wednesday.  A total of 95,750 Indiana residents have tested positive for the coronavirus. To date, 1,092,596 individual tests have been reported to ISDH at an 8.8% positive rate and 13 new deaths were reported for a total of 3,106 Hoosier deaths. Dearborn County has a total of 577 cases and 28 deaths reported (up 2 new cases), Decatur County has a total of 411 positive cases and 35 deaths (up 7 new cases), Franklin County has 276 positive cases and 25 deaths (no change), and Ripley County has 246 positive cases and 8 deaths (up 1 new case). Locally, this is an increase of 10 new positive cases.last_img read more

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CAF rejects Wydad appeal over Champions League final result

first_imgRelatedPosts Rohr lists Musa, Ekong, 23 others for Cote d’Ivoire, Tunisia friendlies Nigeria plan Cote d’Ivoire, Tunisia friendlies Tunisia announces first confirmed new coronavirus case The appeal by Moroccan club Wydad Casablanca over the result of the second leg of their 2018-19 African Champions League final against Esperance of Tunisia has been rejected by the Confederation of African Football. Wydad hoped to overturn the decision of the CAF Disciplinary Board on August 7 that handed the trophy to Esperance after players from the Moroccan club abandoned the game after a disputed refereeing decision, a situation exacerbated by a non-functioning Video Assistant Referee system. But the CAF Appeal Board found that Wydad had forfeited the match through their actions. “The match officials’ reports were very clear that the Wydad Athletic Club’s players refused to resume the match even after several attempts conducted by the referee, to the point that the referee waited almost 90 minutes before he whistled the end of the match,” read a statement from CAF on Monday. “Therefore the Appeal Board confirms that the match was forfeited by Wydad Athletic Club because their players refused to resume the match.” Wydad can now appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but have not yet made their intentions known. After the first leg in Morocco had finished 1-1, Esperance were leading 1-0 in their home fixture when Walid El Karti’s header for Wydad was disallowed. Reuters/NAN.Tags: 2018/19 African Champions LeagueEsperanceTuisiaTunisialast_img read more

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Henderson wins thriller for Liverpool

first_img Just two minutes after conceding they created their own version of Liverpool’s second, Nathan Dyer playing the Sturridge role as he drifted inside. And Shelvey was on hand to match Henderson’s finish, stroking the ball into top corner from a similar position. There was no celebration against his former club and Anfield responded with a warm ovation. The goals kept coming, with the visitors making it four in the 27th minute and Martin Skrtel unfortunate on two counts. The Slovakian was harshly adjudged to have fouled Shelvey for the initial free-kick and, when Jonathan De Guzman’s delivery was headed on by Bony, the ball deflected past Simon Mignolet via Skrtel’s shoulder. Swansea had the momentum, but once more the Reds proved lethal in the final third as they reclaimed the lead after 36 minutes. A patient build-up stretched Swansea and when Luis Suarez floated a cross for Sturridge, he rose between Ashley Williams and Wayne Routledge to nod home his 20th goal of the season. There was no further scoring before the break, though did Luis Suarez see an an audacious strike from 45 yards drift a couple of yards wide with Vorm back-tracking. Less than three minutes of the second half had passed when Swansea equalised for the second time, Skrtel again cursing his luck as he conceded a questionable penalty as he tangled with Bony. He was at least spared a second yellow card but Bony made no mistake from the spot. Attack continued to dominate defence with Suarez denied at the near post after a flowing move, and De Guzman twice going close at the other end. Referee Mike Jones had decisions to make too, Mignolet close to handling outside the area and Suarez calling unsuccessfully for a penalty following a collision with Jose Canas. A seventh goal seemed inevitable and Liverpool grabbed it with 16 minutes remaining. Steven Gerrard produced a wonderful 40-yard pass to Suarez, who controlled on his chest and saw his shot blocked by Williams. Henderson fired the loose ball at Vorm, who saved smartly but allowed it to squirm out of his grasp as the England midfielder followed up to finish the job from a yard. The two goals he bagged meant the England midfielder doubled his season’s tally in a day. Swansea threatened to equalise for a third time in the closing stages, but the Reds went even closer as Gerrard’s deflected effort crashed off the post. Brendan Rodgers’ side continue to be plagued by a porous defence but moved within four points of Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea after emerging victorious from one of the games of the season. Henderson had the final word in his side’s 4-3 success, forcing home from point-blank range in the 74th minute after his initial effort had been saved. However, Rodgers’ former team played their part with a stirring away performance capped by Jonjo Shelvey’s first-time strike and a brace from Wilfried Bony. The frenetic pace was set in just the third minute, when the hosts scored a wonderful opener on the break. Raheem Sterling played creator when he robbed Angel Rangel inside his own half and executed an inch-perfect 30-yard pass for the advancing Sturridge. Sterling’s ball, bending into the striker’s path off the outside of the boot, still required Sturridge to round Michel Vorm and he did so with aplomb before locating the open net. Liverpool nearly caught Swansea off guard moments later when Sterling’s curled effort was beaten away by Vorm at the near post. The hosts doubled their lead against the run of play after 21 minutes. Sturridge’s flash of pace – breezing past Neil Taylor as he cut in from the right wing – created the space, but the finish was even better. Henderson, lurking on the edge of the area, controlled the ball with his left boot, eyed up the top corner and dispatched a precision finish with his right. Swansea’s response was immediate and emphatic. Press Association Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge netted twice each as title outsiders Liverpool edged a seven-goal Anfield classic against Swansea.last_img read more

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