US indicts North Koreans, accuses state-owned bank of evading sanctions

first_imgTopics : The indictment adds to mounting friction between Washington and Pyongyang after denuclearization talks launched by US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stalled.The indictment is the largest of any North Korea sanctions violations case, a US law enforcement official said. The alleged crimes include money laundering and bank fraud.Washington “has signified its commitment to hampering North Korea’s ability to illegally access the US financial system and limit its ability to use proceeds from illicit actions to enhance its illegal WMD and ballistic missile programs,” Acting United States Attorney Michael Sherwin said in a statement.Some of the $2.5 billion was directed to North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile program, a US official said. The US Justice Department accused North Korea’s state-owned bank of evading US sanctions laws and charged 28 North Korean and five Chinese citizens in its largest crackdown on North Korea sanctions violations.In a grand jury indictment made public on Thursday, US prosecutors accused North Korea’s Foreign Trade Bank (FTB) of conspiring with the employees charged to cause other banks “to process at least $2.5 billion in illegal payments via over 250 front companies.”The United States blacklisted the FTB in 2013; the UN Security Council did so in 2017.center_img The transactions took place in China, Russia, Libya and Thailand, and many of those charged were bank employees, including two former presidents of the FTB and two former co-vice presidents.North Korea has been subject to UN sanctions since 2006 that have been strengthened by the Security Council over the years in a bid to cut off funding for Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs.North Korea continued to enhance those programs last year in breach of UN sanctions, according to a report this year to the UN Security Council.last_img read more

Renovated cottage up for grabs in Redcliffe

first_imgThe home includes a teenager’s retreat and good sized backyard. Picture: Supplied.“The home has a great backyard size-wise and can accommodate people with pets and kids, and people who like to entertain.“It’s a home with so much potential for anyone to make it their own.”The property is being marketed by David Huynh and Darren Suhle of Ray White North Lakes.It will go to auction on Saturday, March 9 at 2.15pm. The updated kitchen at 169 Scarborough Rd, Redcliffe. Picture: Supplied.Downstairs there is a teenager’s retreat, with bathroom, opening to the back entertaining deck. “The bathroom is definitely my favourite (room in the home). The bathtub and the colour scheme are amazing,” Mrs Tawadrous said. She said the home would suit a couple with a teenage child, who could make use of the downstairs retreat, or an older couple who need space for guests. The home at 169 Scarborough Rd, Redcliffe. Picture: Supplied.THIS two-bedroom home has been completely renovated and is going under the hammer this weekend. Owners Krestina and John Tawadrous bought the property at 169 Scarborough Rd, Redcliffe four years ago and set out to completely overhaul the house. “We wanted something where we could pick the colours, make it our own and give it a touch of luxury,” Mrs Tawadrous said. “We did everything from ripping out the kitchen to gutting the bathroom.“We were living there while were renovating and I was heavily pregnant. It was liveable but it was in a bad way.center_img The renovated bathroom has a soaker tub. Picture: Supplied.“We had to rip out the kitchen and we found dead mice behind it.” The home today is almost unrecognisable from what the couple first bought. More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019A front porch leads into the open-plan kitchen, dining and living area, with a study nook in the living space and a laundry off the kitchen. The gourmet kitchen has stone benchtops and modern cabinetry, while timber floors feature throughout the living space. The two bedrooms have built-in robes and the main bathroom has floor to ceiling tiles, double basins and a freestanding bathtub. last_img read more

Granny’s Bay Coastal Protection Work Moves Ahead

first_imgImage source: Fylde CouncilWork has recently started at Granny’s Bay, as part of the £22 million coastal protection project along the Fylde coast, VolkerStevin reports. VBA, a joint venture between VolkerStevin, Boskalis Westminster and Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, has been awarded an extension to the contract to redevelop Granny’s Bay.On completion, this work will provide new coastal defenses and upgraded promenades at Fairhaven, Church Scar and Granny’s Bay.Commenting the latest news, Councillor Roger Small, Chair of the Operational Management Committee for Fylde Council, said: “This is the final piece of the jigsaw and will mean that we have a wonderful new foreshore, pleasing to look at and use as a recreational resource, as well as providing shoreline protection.”The Sea Defense Project is replacing the sea defense walls, as the existing coastal defenses are time expired and have been failing.According to VolkerStevin, the current concrete coast defenses were built in the 1890s and have been undergoing emergency repairs every year to prevent a major breach.last_img read more

DCMH updates visitor and employee procedures

first_imgGREENSBURG, Ind. — Decatur County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) has updated procedures for visitors and employees which became effective this past weekend.Based on the latest CDC guidelines, the new procedures are designed to keep everyone safe and healthy during the COVID-19 outbreak. The following procedures have been put into place.Everyone entering will be screened at designated screening stations. Screening will includetemperature assessment of each person. The DCMH main entrance remains open andaccessible.Screening precautions are in place at all DCMH locations: Tree City Medical Partners, DecaturCounty Primary Care, Women’s Care, and DCMH Well Clinic.Physicians and providers at DCMH have implemented the ability to provide Facetime video visitswith patients. Those in need should contact the DCMH call center at 812-222-DOCS.Visitor restrictions have been enhanced. Visitation is limited to one parent/guardian forpediatric patients and one spouse/partner per OB patient in the Women’s Center. No othervisitors are permitted at this time. Alternate forms of communication between patients andfamily members will be arranged by DCMH team members.Outpatient services are limited to urgent and immediate care needs.All public meetings scheduled to be held within DCMH facilities continue to be suspended.Lincoln Café in DCMH is serving patients and employees. Meals on Wheels continues to besupported by DCMH.The Pharmacy is open to drive-thru and delivery services only. To utilize complimentarypharmacy delivery within Decatur County, call 812-663-1250.“Our team is so thankful for the community support and cooperation provided to our caregivers duringthis time. Our team works each day to ensure patients, families and our community are kept safe andhealthy. Our priority is and has always been the community and the patients we serve,” stated RexMcKinney, President and CEO. If you have any questions or concerns, visit the DCMH website or call the COVID-19 hotline at 812-560-5450.last_img read more

Federer to give Murray early workout at ATP Cup

first_imgRelatedPosts Federer pays surprise visit to rooftop tennis girls Murray says players need assurance on quarantine issues before US Open Revised ATP calendar not safe for players, says Murray Roger Federer is set to give Andy Murray’s hip an early season workout, with Switzerland drawn to face Great Britain in the group phase of the inaugural ATP Cup. Former world number one, Murray has played only a handful of singles matches since having a career-saving hip surgery earlier this year, but qualified for the nation-based tournament with a protected ranking. Murray said last week he still needed four to five months to get up to the speed of old rivals Federer and Rafa Nadal, and with the ATP Cup to kick off Jan. 3, he has work ahead of him. Switzerland and Britain will also meet Belgium in Group C in Sydney, as revealed at the tournament’s draw ceremony in the same city on Monday. The 24 national teams play in six groups of four for group stage, round-robin play, with the group winners and the two best second-placed finishers across the groups reaching the ATP Cup Finals in Sydney. Eighteen teams have qualified for the tournament so far, with hosts Australia also receiving a berth. Another five teams will be announced after the second qualifying window shuts in November. US Open champion Nadal will kick his tournament off on the other side of the country to world number three Federer, with Spain drawn with Japan and Georgia in Group B in Perth. The 19-times Grand Slam champion Nadal is likely to clash with Japanese world number eight Kei Nishikori in the singles. World number one Novak Djokovic headlines Group B for Serbia, who will face France and South Africa in Brisbane. Russian young gun Daniil Medvedev, beaten in the recent US Open final by Nadal, will highlight Group D for Russia against the US and Italy. Group F has Germany, Greece, Canada and Australia playing off in Brisbane and should offer a mouthwatering array of young talent. German world number six Alexander Zverev is likely to feature in the singles along with Greek tyro Stefanos Tsitsipas and tempestuous local Nick Kyrgios.Tags: Andy MurrayATP CupRoger Federerlast_img read more

Model Invades Pitch In Champions League Final

first_imgMadrid: The Champions League final between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur had to be temporarily halted when a female model wearing a swimsuit invaded the pitch.Kinsey Wolanski on Saturday did the stunt so as to promote her boyfriend Vitaly Zdorovetskiy’s porn site, the name of which was written on her outfit.The incident happened in the first half of the match that was being held at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid. Wolanski herself posted a video of the pitch invasion on her social media accounts which has seen a sharp increase in the number of followers since. Her Instagram followers count went up from 230,000 to over a million in just one night.Sports business analyst Darren Rovell, citing data from Apex Marketing Group, tweeted that Wolanski’s stunt was worth $3.97 million in equivalent advertising time.Wolanski’s boyfriend is also known for his Youtube prank channel Vitalyzdtv that has nearly 10 million subscribers. His net worth is reported to be around 7.2 million pounds. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

Trinidad champions for Georgetown Grand Prix

first_imgTHE Georgetown Grand Prix will take on a regional flavour with a Trinidad and Tobago father and daughter set to compete at tomorrow’s event at GT Motorsports facility at the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club (GMR&SC), Albert Street and Thomas Lands.Group Three driver Ravi Singh and his daughter Bridget Singh will arrive in Guyana this evening and will come up against local drivers in their respective categories.Ravi, who has been competing in Group Three in Guyana since 2008, said he is excited to participate in the first-ever Georgetown Grand Prix.Speaking from his home in Trinidad and Tobago yesterday, Ravi, who has won the Group Three category in Guyana on four occasions, said he is enthused by the fact that the karts will be equally matched for tomorrow’s event.Group Two driver Bridget Singh“It will all come down to driving skills and that is a good thing,” Ravi said. The 43-year-old, who has been racing competitively since the age of 15, will compete in the Four-Stroke Class, and he is keen on putting on a show for his Guyanese fans on his debut at the newly refurbished track.Bridget, who started racing karts at age nine, will throw down the gauntlet to Guyanese Emma Vieira in what is expected to be a sizzling showdown. While Vieira will look to defend home turf, the 20-year-old Trinidad and Tobago racer will no doubt want to prove that she’s the better driver.Bridget, a Group Two driver, won the 80cc Class two years in a row, before moving to the 100cc, which she dominated for another two years.She then stepped up to the 125cc Rotax International. During the first year she finished second and won the championship the following year. After taking time off to focus on her academics, Bridget returned to the track last year and won the GP 1 Championship.Tomorrow’s activity, which will comprise 15 races, will commence at 18:00hrs and admission to the venue is free.last_img read more

USC researchers develop brain implant to improve memory

first_imgA team of university professors tested a brain implant that could improve long-term memory of humans. Diagram courtesy of Dong SongUSC researchers recently demonstrated how brain implants can be used to improve the long-term memory of humans, which has the potential to treat damaging diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. At the Society for Neuroscience conference in Washington, D.C. earlier this month, USC professors Dong Song and Theodore W. Berger and Wake Forest University professors Robert Hampson and Sam Deadwyler presented findings about the brain implant device from the past three years.The overall goal of the project, which has been going on for over 20 years, is to construct a “memory prosthesis” device that restores the memory function of the brain through the hippocampus, a part of the brain that is critical for the formation of long-term memory. According to Song, patients with brain-impairing diseases or injuries were each found to have a malfunctioning hippocampus. “Even though these patients can remember some old memories, they can no longer generate new long-term memory, [and] can remember things for only a short period of time,” Song said. “We are trying to fix that using an engineering approach, so we built a mathematical model to describe how the hippocampus processes information.”Song said the device starts by recording the brain’s activity patterns. After processing this information with a computational model, the implant predicts what the correct signal should be, and through small electric shocks that stimulate the hippocampus, it mimics normal brain activity and writes in that signal back to the hippocampus. “The hippocampus is much like a bridge back to the neocortex [which regulates conscious thought], and what we achieved now is basically proof of that principle,” Song said. “We recorded from the stimulation of a very small number of neurons, [and] we showed that the memory functions at a certain level.”With this device, the researchers conducted hundreds of trials with 20 epileptic patients who had implanted brain electrodes. In each trial, the team had patients perform a simple memory task. First they were introduced to an image, which ranged in complexity from standard clip art to something more abstract and difficult to name. This image then vanishes, and after a variable delay, which increased with every subsequent trial, patients were then shown several images, from which they had to select the correct one.“Based on the performance, [we got] the forgetting curve of the patients’ memory — from a certain length of delay, patients have good memory, [but with] a longer delay, [their memory] is not as good,” Song said. “From this device, we are trying to prove that we can get this curve to go upwards, and the percentage of the correct response was higher.”According to the team’s study, the device can boost memory performance by up to 30 percent, but Song believes that this is only the starting point in the team’s research. He hopes the team will be able to develop a clinical, wired device that patients can wear or have implanted into their brains to improve and restore long-term memory for the rest of their lives. “I personally want to solve a problem, like fix a certain disease,” Song said. “We need to make the device more general, more powerful, [and be able to] last longer, do multiple memory tasks and be truly implantable, so it’s still a long way to go.”last_img read more

Kane Warns England Players against Scoland

first_imgEUROPE W’CUP QUALIFIEREngland’s striker, Harry Kane has warned fellow players to remain calm if they are to beat Scotland in what is likely to be a “heated” 2018 World Cup qualifier.England, who are top of Group F after three games, host fourth-placed Scotland at Wembley on Friday – the 113th meeting between the two nations. “We’ve got to keep cool and keep focused,” said Tottenham striker Kane.“It isn’t like another game where, if you lose, it doesn’t matter and you don’t hear about it too much.”The two countries will meet for the first time in a competitive match since their two-legged Euro 2000 play-off in November 1999.The match is a 90,000 sell-out with Scotland expected to be backed by around 10,000 fans.“We have to use the atmosphere to our advantage,” said Kane. “We have to use all the positive energy and that passion to win the game.“We know the Scottish players, we have Scottish friends who will make it heard if they beat us, so we obviously don’t want that and we’ll do all we can to try to win the game.“There are going a lot of heated moments and tackles flying in, but we’ve got to keep cool and keep focused.”Kane, 23, believes he is fit to start against the Scots after making his comeback at the weekend following a seven-week lay-off with an ankle injury.England interim manager Gareth Southgate said the Tottenham striker would be carefully assessed after playing most of Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Arsenal.“The test was to see how I got on on Sunday. I played 70 minutes and felt good,” said Kane, who scored Spurs’s equaliser from the penalty spot.“I’ll be training hard this week to try and get in the team for Friday.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Carter’s Positive Dope Test Ruins Bolt’s ‘Triple Triple’

first_img*World’s fastest man loses one Olympic gold medalUsain Bolt will have to hand back one of his nine Olympic gold medals after Jamaican team-mate Nesta Carter tested positive for a banned substance.Carter was part of the Jamaican quartet that won the 4x100m in Beijing in 2008.His was one of 454 selected doping samples retested by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) last year, and has been found to contain the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine.Bolt, 30, completed an unprecedented ‘triple triple’ in Rio last summer.He won gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay to add to his successes in the same events in 2008 and 2012. Carter, 31, was also part of the squad that won the event in London five years ago and helped Jamaica win at the World Championships in 2011, 2013 and 2015.He ran the first leg for Jamaica’s 4x100m relay team in Beijing, which also included Michael Frater, Asafa Powell and Bolt.The team won in a then-world record of 37.10 seconds, ahead of Trinidad and Tobago and Japan, who could have their medals upgraded. Brazil would then receive bronze.Carter was tested on the evening of the Beijing final in 2008 but that was found at the time to contain no “adverse analytical finding”.More than 4,500 tests were carried out at those Games, with nine athletes caught cheating.An anomaly was discovered in Carter’s submission following the IOC’s decision to retest 454 samples from Beijing using the latest scientific analysis methods.Carter and the Jamaican National Olympic Committee were told of the adverse finding in May – before the Rio Games – and told his B sample would be tested.It was reported by Reuters in June that Carter’s A sample had been found to contain methylhexanamine, which has been on the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) prohibited list since 2004.It was reclassified in 2011 as a “specified substance”, meaning one that is more susceptible to a “credible, non-doping explanation”.Sold as a nasal decongestant in the United States until 1983, methylhexanamine has been used more recently as an ingredient in dietary supplements.Speaking in June, Bolt said the prospect of having to return the gold was “heartbreaking”.He told the Jamaica Gleaner: “For years you’ve worked hard to accumulate gold medals and you work hard to be a champion, but it’s one of those things.“I’m more concerned about the athlete and I hope he gets through it.”“There you go, I’m the greatest,” said Bolt after winning what was his ninth Olympic gold as Jamaica triumphed in the 4x100m relay in RioMarlon Devonish, 40, was part of the British 4x100m relay team which lost the silver medal at the World Championships in 2003 following Dwain Chambers’ failed drugs test. He went on to win Olympic relay gold with Britain at Athens 2004.Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live, he said: “With relays you work together, you build a relationship, but you never know what goes on behind closed doors and clearly Carter was taking drugs.“Carter has tarnished the team. It’s a massively selfish act and I’m sure Bolt and the rest of the team are bitterly disappointed.“The relationship between me and Dwain, we get on, we are cool. He apologised to me I and accepted it. Dwain has to live with it for the rest of his life, it was a sincere apology.“I was devastated when I found out, but you have to move on.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more