Ex-LA councilman gets prison in City Hall corruption case

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Los Angeles City Councilman Mitchell Englander has been sentenced to 14 months in prison for lying to federal investigators about his dealings with a businessman who provided him $15,000 in secret cash payments. The judge said Englander “totally lost his moral compass.” Englander was fined $15,000 — the amount contained in envelopes Englander accepted in Las Vegas casino restrooms. Englander, is the first person to be sentenced in a wide-ranging federal investigation into corruption at Los Angeles City Hall. He pleaded guilty last year to scheming to falsify material facts, a felony.last_img read more

Fall Career Fair to connect students, employers virtually

first_imgAnnie Smierciak Students meet with employers at the 2019 Fall Career Fair. The annual fair, hosted by the Meruelo Center for Career Development, will be offered in a virtual format this year to protect students and employers.Anna Bowman, a junior currently spending the semester at home, said she is excited to be able to participate in the career fair despite not residing on campus.“I’m happy that I still have the chance to attend the career fair and network this year, but I’m a bit nervous about how the sessions will actually go,” Bowman said in a text message.A finance and anthropology double-major, Bowman said she registered for several one-on-one slots with various financial companies to look into internships.Senior business analytics major Natalia Gomez-Botero said her primary reason for attending the career fair is to seek full-time employment following graduation. She said she sees benefits and drawbacks to the online fair.“I think it’s unfortunate that you don’t get to be face to face with someone to make a good impression, but I think the format of signing up for slots to specifically talk to someone can assure that you have that time, and I think that’s nice,” Gomez-Botero said.Normally held on a singular day, the Fall Career Fair will be offered as a week-long event running Sept. 11 to 17. Willerton said that as of Sept. 9, 250 employers had registered to be a part of the week compared to a total of 208 employers present at last year’s fair.“Given that 2020 is a very different economic situation, we are excited to welcome a number of new employers to recruit our students,” Willerton said. “To us, these registration numbers further validates what we already know — employers truly see the talent and value Notre Dame students can offer their organizations.”Students could sign up for group sessions or one-on-one conversations with employers based on their individual preferences or needs. Graduate students and seniors were permitted to sign up first. Even though space for some employers filled up quickly, Willerton said students are encouraged to check space every day for a certain employer.The fair will also include a diversity and inclusion event to allow students to meet with employers committed to these values. Willerton said the event reached its capacity of 100 employers.“Our staff has heard that diversity is a priority for employers, and this was certainly the case,” Willerton said. “Acknowledging that diversity extends beyond gender, race and ethnicity, all undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to participate in this new event.”Willerton said contrary to popular belief, less than 25% of full-time employment is secured through career fairs. He said career fairs serve other purposes such as helping students learn about internships and a variety of career paths.Many students attend the career fair to experience the hiring process and gain interview experience through a casual setting. Yet, this year feels more intimidating to some, including sophomore Maggie Lenhart, who said she was on the fence but wants to gain experience.“I want to see how upperclassmen who are really focused on getting their first jobs are interacting with the employers because I’m learning what skills employers are looking for,” Lenhart said.Tags: Fall Career Fair, handshake, job recruitment, Meruelo Family Center for Career Development This week, the Meruelo Family Center for Career Development will host its annual Fall Career Fair through virtual platforms as part of a larger Career Fair Week.The fair will take on the new format this year due to safety concerns and companies’ restrictions on traveling, associate vice president for career and professional development Ryan Willerton said in an email. Events will primarily be held over Handshake with some over Zoom.Willerton said the center recognized back in March that restrictions might lead to the fair being pushed online and made the decision after consulting with recruiting partners and other college career centers.“Traditional recruiting often requires employers to travel, and many companies have implemented travel restrictions,” Willerton said.last_img read more

Hedwig Star Darren Criss Will Host Stars in the Alley

first_imgHedwig headliner Darren Criss will emcee this year’s Stars in the Alley. The event will take place on May 27 in Shubert Alley, between Broadway and 8th Avenue and 44th and 45th Streets. The free outdoor concert in the heart of the Theater District will celebrate Broadway with star appearances and performances from over 20 new shows and long-running faves, accompanied by a 12-piece live orchestra.“Darren Criss has so much energy and enthusiasm for the Broadway community, it will be a treat to have him as our host!” said Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of the Broadway League in a statement. “Stars in the Alley is a festive way for the Broadway community and fans to enjoy the magic of Broadway as the calendar counts down to the eagerly anticipated Tony Awards ceremony in June.”Criss recently starred as Blaine Anderson on Glee. He made his Broadway debut in January of 2012 as J. Pierrepont Finch in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. His additional film, TV and stage credits include Girl Most Likely, The Wind Rises, Web Therapy, ABC’s Backstage with Disney on Broadway, as well as hosting duties for the NewNowNext Awards and Teen Choice Awards. Hedwig and the Angry Inch View Comments Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015 Darren Criss Related Showslast_img read more

Multiple departments respond to second fire in Afton

first_imgStay with 12 News as this story develops. The Chenango County Bureau of Fire, Afton Fire Department, Harpursville Fire Department, Masonville Volunteer Fire Department, Sidney Fire Department, Bainbridge Fire Department, and Coventry Volunteer Fire Company all responded, according to dispatch. As of 7 a.m. crews were still on scene. AFTON (WBNG) — Multiple departments responded to 168 Algerine Street in Afton Friday morning for a fire. Chenango County dispatchers say the call came in just before 5:30 a.m. This comes less than 12 hours after agencies responded to another fire in Afton. It is unknown if there are any injuries.last_img read more

S. Korea says kids with suspected COVID-19 syndrome had another disease

first_imgTopics : The symptoms of MIS-C are similar to toxic shock and Kawasaki disease, including fever, rashes, swollen glands and in severe cases, heart inflammation.KCDC director Jeong Eun-kyeong said the investigation showed that both the two patients, an 11-year-old boy and a four-year-old girl, had suffered Kawasaki disease and shock syndrome.Both children tested negative for the coronavirus and were released from hospital after receiving treatment, she said.”After consulting an expert panel, we determined that neither of the two cases correspond to MIS-C,” Jeong told a briefing. Two children suspected to be South Korea’s first cases of a life-threatening syndrome linked with the coronavirus were found to have contracted Kawasaki disease, a similar but separate infection, health authorities said on Wednesday.The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said last week it had launched an investigation into two suspected cases of the “Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome in Children” (MIS-C).Officially called “Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome Potentially Associated with COVID-19”, MIS-C cases have been reported in France, Italy, Spain and Britain and the United States, where more than 100 cases were found in the state of New York.center_img “We’re also examining a third suspected case that has been reported, though chances are low that it is MIS-C.”The syndrome has raised fears that COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, could pose a greater risk to children than had been understood. COVID-19 so far has taken its greatest toll on the elderly and those with chronic health conditions.Kim Ye-jin, a professor at Sungkyunkwan University’s medical school who consulted the KCDC, said the expert panel is conducting research as the link between MIS-C and COVID-19 has not been clearly established globally.last_img read more

Ilkay Gundogan ‘surprised’ by Unai Emery’s decision to drop Mesut Ozil for Arsenal

first_imgMesut Ozil has been sparingly used by Emery this season (Getty Images)‘It looks a bit more elegant and slow, but believe me it’s so difficult to defend against these kind of players. They make everything look so easy and I think sometimes you forget to appreciate these kind of things.‘Obviously we always watch games and, even me, we always think we know better. But on the pitch it’s always a different story.‘A player like him, with his huge talent, I don’t think it just surprises just me, but a lot of people, that he doesn’t play regularly. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 2 Feb 2019 11:35 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link742Shares Advertisement Ilkay Gundogan ‘surprised’ by Unai Emery’s decision to drop Mesut Ozil for Arsenalcenter_img Comment Unai Emery has often left out Mesut Ozil for ‘tactical reasons’ (Getty Images)Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan admits he has been surprised by Unai Emery’s decision to constantly drop Mesut Ozil for Arsenal this season.Ozil, who is Arsenal’s highest earner on £350,000 a week, has started only 14 games in all competitions this season and has often been left out of the squad due to ‘tactical reasons’ by Emery.But Gundogan, who played alongside Ozil for Germany’s national team, believes the decision is an oversight because of how influential the midfielder can be.‘I think people always criticise Mesut because they think his attitude on the pitch is not a good one, that he doesn’t care that much,’ Gundogan told Sport360.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘But I think people just struggle to accept that you can have the more emotional kind of players, the more aggressive ones and you have players like him, you know, that need maybe this calmness for their game. Ilkay Gundogan insists Ozil is difficult to defend against (Getty Images)‘Of course I have sympathy for him. Also, because I know the more regularly you play, the easier it is because you have the rhythm and just keep going and you don’t think about certain things too much.‘My experience from the last couple of years at City is that you get your game time and then the next few games there’s always someone coming in with similar quality, ridiculous quality, and our manager in these kind of cases has a very tough job.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘He always has to choose who to pick and try to divide game time throughout the whole squad.‘That’s a very tough thing to do. In a team like Manchester City, Arsenal, and other big clubs, it’s quite difficult just to have the same 11 players starting every week‘From my own experience, the more you play, back-to-back games, the better you feel, with more self confidence and rhythm.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenallast_img read more

Guiding the way

first_imgA SIX-MONTH trial of an electronic way-finding system to assist blind and partially-sighted passengers was launched at London Underground’s Golders Green station on July 17. The REACT system developed by GEC Marconi has been installed by the Joint Mobility Unit of the Royal National Institute for the Blind and the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, in co-operation with London Transport’s Unit for Disabled Passengers. A grant from The Bridge House Estates Trust Fund has been topped up by LT. Using the radio frequencies, REACT beacons trigger verbal warnings from a small device when the holder approaches obstacles. The system can also be used to direct visually-impaired passengers to ticket offices and station platforms, and help them locate doors, stairs and other station facilities. An infra-red system known as Pathfinder is being tested at Hammersmith station. olast_img read more

EC sustainable finance action plan ‘is important’ for pension funds

first_imgSource: Source: EC – Audiovisual Service. Photo: Thierry MonasseCommission vice presidents Valdis Dombrovskis (l) and Jyrki Katainen present the sustainable finance action plan at a press conferenceFollowing recommendations made by the High Level Expert Group (HLEG), the Commission has said it would table a legislative proposal to “clarify” investors’ duties with regard to sustainability. This is subject to the outcome of an impact assessment by the Commission, however.It is not clear if the impact assessment is still ongoing, although it closed for feedback in December. In connection with the assessment, the Commission last year carried out a public consultation on investors’ duties with regard to sustainability. This closed at the end of January.PensionsEurope said the Commission’s action plan foresaw a revision to the IORP II Directive to amend investor duty. The HLEG had suggested the Commission could propose “omnibus” legislation, which would amend various existing EU laws in one go.Matthies Verstegen, policy adviser at PensionsEurope, told IPE that the association had to adapt to the fact that Commission action on investor duties’ with regard to sustainability was now a reality.“We still would prefer to see the ESG measures in IORP II transposed and implemented first, but as the Commission is going ahead we have to look at the details and make it work,” he said.IORP II is the EU’s revised pension fund legislation, which EU member states have to turn into national law by January next year. It contains provisions related to pension funds’ consideration of ESG factors.About the Commission’s action plan, PensionsEurope’s Leppälä said: “The Commission… wants pension funds to incorporate ESG factors in investment decision-making as part of a review of the fiduciary duty, so pension fund board members should expect to give even more consideration to the topic in the future.“At the same time, the EU proposals should remain sufficiently flexible not to upset the role of trustees or social partners. Pension funds’ main purpose will continue to be serving the best interests of their members and to delivering adequate pensions at low costs.”European pension funds employed a wide variety of responsible investment strategies already employed by pension funds, depending on national traditions, the type and size of the fund, the position of the sponsoring company and the role of the social partners, noted PensionsEurope.Verstegen suggested the association would pay close attention to any proposals about pension funds incorporating beneficiaries’ views on ESG matters into their investment decision-making.“There should be sufficient flexibility in finding out members’ preferences, for example through representative bodies or directly,” he told IPE. “It is also not yet clear how pension funds should weigh these preferences against the traditional duty to act in the member’s best interest.”The Commission’s action plan did not speak about pension funds needing to consult members on sustainability and take these views into account. The HLEG, upon whose recommendations the Commission’s action plan is built, did, however, and linked this with its recommendation for investors’ duties with regard to sustainability to be made clear.PRI: Action Plan ‘an opportunity’The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) welcomed the Commission’s action plan. Nathan Fabian, director of policy and research at the PRI, said: “From the PRI’s perspective, ESG integration and supportive policy environments must go hand in hand.“It is time for a comprehensive and far-sighted response from policy makers and that is what the Commission appears to be delivering.”Fabian encouraged all PRI signatories to see the Action Plan as an opportunity to improve the functioning and performance of the financial system in the sustainable service of its beneficiaries and savers.“We see sustainability as a financial system imperative,” said Fabian.Fabian was a member of the HLEG that advised the Commission on its sustainable finance strategy.The PRI previously carried out a study of global regulation, concluding that it sent weak signals about ESG and gave the impression stewardship and ESG integration were optional.The language around ESG in the IORP II legislation has been described as inconsistent. In some cases provisions are voluntary or only imposed where ESG factors are already considered, but in several instances ESG-related provisions are mandatory.Francois Barker, partner at law firm Eversheds, has previously said that the law amounted to an “upping of the ante that we haven’t seen before” on ESG. The association – an umbrella organisation for national pension fund associations in Europe – would have preferred a different outcome on the topic of investor duties, however. The European Commission’s sustainable finance action plan “is important” for pension funds, setting forth helpful but also potentially problematic measures, according to PensionsEurope.The association said many of the measures would be beneficial for institutional investors.They would improve the scope of sustainable investments and expand the amount of information available to institutional investors on environmental, social and governance (ESG) aspects of investments, it noted.Matti Leppälä, secretary general of PensionsEurope, said: “[The] Action Plan signals political commitment to an ambitious agenda for a more sustainable financial system. As its end-users, pension funds look forward to those actions that will bolster their responsible investments.”last_img read more

Southerners head north

first_imgCorey, Wil, Cooper and Teresa Hope. TOWNSVILLE builder Martin Locke says the Far North’s laid back lifestyle is drawing many families here.The Martin Locke Homes boss said he had noticed an influx in clients moving their families to Townsville, with five recent “lifestyle change” builds in Eden Park Estate alone.Two of those builds, were in the same street with both families moving here from Sydney, an occurrence not experienced in the company’s eight-year history.“It’s an interesting situation to be building for two families at the same time, in the same estate, in the same street, with the same idea of completing a lifestyle change from Sydney to Townsville,” Mr Locke said.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“Such was the commitment and level of trust between our team and both families, that we were able to complete the majority of their designs, colour choices and constructions while the clients still lived interstate.“We’re currently also building another home just around the corner for a couple who has relocated from Brisbane. We have just handed over the keys to a couple who have moved from Mackay and we have recently signed a new client moving from Ingham too – all in Eden Park Estate.”The Hope family are making the move north from interstate for the slower-paced lifestyle.The Hopes lived interstate for the duration of their build and mum Teresa even attended handover day via a FaceTime call. They will move in permanently just in time to spend their first Christmas in Townsville.“For us the timing was right with the ages of our children and where they are at school and also for where we are in our careers,” Mrs Hope said. “It was really the change of pace and lifestyle that attracted us to Townsville.“It’s just beautiful up here and we now have a house that will function for us going forward. Because MLH builds their homes to cater for generational change, whether it’s older parents that live with us one day or it’s just us becoming old and needing to get around easier, we know this home will allow for what life brings.”last_img read more

Highlights of the Week

first_imgSubsea World News has put together a recap of the most interesting articles from the previous week (October 21 – October 28). McDermott Secures $1.7B Funding Saipem Back in Black Neptune Shareholders Approve Acquisition by MMA Offshorecenter_img DOF in New Deals for Skandi Seven and Skandi Skansen in Africa Equinor Starts Sverdrup – Mongstad Oil Flowslast_img