April 15, 2021

Sierra Leone man on trial in Finland for Liberian war crimes

first_imgHELSINKI (AP) — A trial has started in Finland for a Sierra Leone man charged with committing serious war crimes, including several murders, and crimes against humanity during Liberia’s bloody second civil war from 1999 through 2003. Gibril Massaquoi, who has been living in Finland for more than 10 years, is alleged by Finnish prosecutors to have held a leading position in the Revolutionary United Front, a rebel army in Sierra Leone that was involved in the Liberian civil war in West Africa. The mask-wearing Massaquoi was at the court Wednesday in the southern Finnish city of Tampere. He has denied all the charges.last_img read more

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University Board of Trustees announces new members

first_imgNotre Dame appointed Dorene Dominguez and James Parsons to its Board of Trustees during meetings Thursday and Friday, the University announced in a press release.Dominguez graduated from Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in finance and currently serves on the Institute for Latino Studies’ advisory council. She chairs the Vanir Group of Companies, an organization based in California focused on renewable energy, real estate, construction and finances. The release said Dominguez is the “first and only” Latina to have ownership of a team in the National Basketball Association, owning a partial share of the Sacramento Kings.Parsons also graduated from Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in finance. He went on to earn a master of business administration from Harvard University. Along with his wife and fellow Notre Dame alumnus Carrie Quinn, Parsons contributed to “the establishment of the Notre Dame Institute for Global Investing at the Mendoza College of Business,” the release said.In 2014, Parsons founded Junto Capital Management, a New York City hedge fund focusing on the technology industry, finances and business services. He now serves as portfolio manager for the company, after having previously served in this capacity at Viking Global Investors.The Board of Trustees also appointed Rev. Thomas J. O’Hara to emeritus status during its spring meetings, the release said. O’Hara joined in the Board of Trustees in 2010 and in 2012 began overseeing the Congregation of Holy Cross — United States Province of Priests and Brothers as provincial superior. He also served as president of King’s College, another Holy-Cross-founded school, from 1999 to 2011, the release said.Tags: Board of Trustees, Dorene Dominguez, James Parsonslast_img read more

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Sheryl Lee Ralph Will Join Wicked

first_img Related Shows from $95.00 View Comments Wickedcenter_img A dreamy Head Shizstress will soon take the Gershwin Theatre stage. Dreamgirls Tony nominee Sheryl Lee Ralph is set to join the Broadway company of Wicked on November 1 as Madame Morrible. She steps in for Tony winner Judy Kaye, who is scheduled to take her final bow on October 30 (which happens to be the production’s 13th anniversary).Ralph earned a Tony nomination for her performance as Deena in the original production of Dreamgirls. She made her Broadway debut in Reggae and last appeared as Muzzy in Thoroughly Modern Millie in 2002. On the small screen, she’s known for playing Dee Mitchell in Moesha, as well as performances in Ray Donovan, It’s a Living and Instant Mom.In addition to Kaye, the current cast of Wicked includes Jennifer DiNoia as Elphaba, Carrie St. Louis as Glinda, Michael Campayno as Fiyero, Peter Scolari as the Wizard, Michael Genet as Doctor Dillamond, Zachary Noah Piser as Boq and Dawn E. Cantwell as Nessarose. Sheryl Lee Ralph(Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)last_img read more

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Tariffs slow U.S. solar, but 2019 pickup expected

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:U.S. solar installations fell 15 percent in the third quarter as the Trump administration’s tariffs on overseas-made panels forced developers to put off large projects, according to a report commissioned by the industry’s primary trade group.Current weakness in the utility-scale market, however, will be offset by larger volumes of projects than had been expected over the next five years because solar energy is now cheaper than ever, the report said.Quarterly installations of utility-scale solar were 678 megawatts, the lowest quarter since 2015 and a more than 30 percent decline from a year ago, the report by Wood Mackenzie for the U.S. Solar Energy Industries Association said. The total market, which includes residential and commercial installations, came in at 1.7 gigawatts.Large solar projects for utilities are the most vulnerable to the 30 percent tariffs as panels can account for up to half their costs.Trump announced the levy on all imported solar panels in January, his opening salvo in a trade war aimed at helping U.S. manufacturers rebound from years of decline. Solar installers opposed the move because they rely on cheap imported panels to compete with fossil fuels. Most of the panels installed in the United States are made in Asia by companies including China’s JinkoSolar Holding Co Ltd, Canadian Solar Inc, and U.S.-based SunPower Corp.Wood Mackenzie lowered its 2018 utility-scale forecast to 6.6 GW from 6.8 GW as more projects get pushed into 2019. The firm raised its forecasts for 2019 through 2023 by a combined 2.5 GW, however, as utilities procure projects that will qualify for a federal tax credit that begins to phase out in 2020. Developers will start projects next year but delay buying modules until 2020 or later because the tariff drops by 5 percent each year.More: U.S. solar takes hit from Trump tariffs but is cheaper than ever: report Tariffs slow U.S. solar, but 2019 pickup expectedlast_img read more

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Lynbrook Fatal DWI Suspect’s Charges Upgraded

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Nassau County grand jury indicted an accused drugged driver on new, upgraded charges after the suspect allegedly caused a crash that killed a man and woman in Lynbrook two months ago.John Aniano pleaded not guilty Wednesday at Nassau County court to charges of vehicular homicide, reckless driving and reckless endangerment. The 25-year-old suspect was initially arrested on charges of manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter and driving while ability impaired. The suspect and both victims were all from Lynbrook.Prosecutors said Aniano was speeding in his Mercedes Benz westbound on Sunrise Highway when he crashed into the back of a Toyota that was stopped at a red light, propelling the victim’s vehicle into the eastbound lanes, where it struck an eastbound Toyota at 8:13 p.m. Jan. 12.The driver in the vehicle that Aniano allegedly hit, 42-year-old John Jones, was taken to South Nassau Communities Hospital where he died of his injuries. His passenger, Sharon Rene Long was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the other Toyota was treated at a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.Police have said that Aniano was found to be under the influence of drugs and two prescription bottles were found in his vehicle.Judge Patricia Harrington continued the bail at $500,000 cash or $1,000,000 bond. If convicted, Aniano faces up to 25 years in prison. He is due back in court on March 27.last_img read more

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7 daily habits that can make you more successful at work

first_imgThere’s your job, and then there’s how you go about doing your job. While your position itself (and how well it fits with your expertise and passion) certainly plays a role in your career success, your routines and rituals in the office can also affect your happiness and productivity. This includes what you do before and after work, as well as during your workdays.Here are seven daily habits that, if practiced regularly, can boost your success at work:1. Focus on strengths, not weaknesses. Sometimes, in an effort to be perfect, we channel valuable time and energy into trying to get good at things that aren’t part of our natural aptitude. Charlotte Crivelli, co-founder of Klick Communications, believes this is a mistake. “At my company, we instill a culture that people should work on tasks that use their core strengths,” she says. “We don’t believe in wasting people’s time getting them to improve their weaknesses. Someone else will be strong where they are weak, and it’s my job to ensure everyone is working on what energizes them and not what depletes them.” To take this advice to heart, make a habit of prioritizing as many of your truest skill sets as possible on a daily basis.2. Work how you work best. On a related note, not everyone works equally well in identical settings. While you may not have an option to work behind closed doors if your company favors an open floor plan, there are work habits you can develop to play to your strengths and improve your focus. A recent survey by office furniture company Turnstone found that 32 percent of 18- to 34-year-olds prefer working individually in a lounge setting over a traditional work environment. continue reading » 58SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Indonesian stocks record first rally in week after series of suspensions

first_imgIndonesian stocks ended Friday session with a strong rally after a week of virus-battered performance that included a series of trading suspensions.The Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) soared 2.18 percent to 4,194.94 in this week’s last trading session in the face of a selling spree worth Rp 794.02 billion (US$49.74 million) booked by foreign investors. The index lost 14.52 percent of its value this week and recorded a net sell of Rp 2.46 trillion.Trading at the Indonesia Stock Exchange hit the circuit breaker four times since last Thursday as the JCI dropped lower than the 5 percent auto-rejection limit. Indonesia recorded 369 COVID-19 cases and 32 deaths, while 17 patients had been declared cured, as of Friday.The JCI’s rally was a complete turnaround from Friday morning movement when the IDX main gauge dropped below the psychological level of 4,000, a level unseen since September 2013. However, the situation quickly changed when the bourse resumed trading after lunch break as the index soared into positive territory.Coal mining company PT Bukit Asam (PTBA) became the biggest gainer of the day as its share prices rose by 21.21 percent. Media firm PT Surya Citra Media followed suit, recording an 18.11 percent gain during the day, while mining services firm PT United Tractors gained 17.86 percent.The JCI performance was in line with most Asian markets. Hong Kong jumped more than 5 percent, Shanghai climbed 1.61 percent, while Singapore soared 4.32 percent. Meanwhile in Europe, Frankfurt gained 4.56 percent, London was up 2.42 percent and Paris jumped almost 6 percent in the early session.However, the rally in Indonesian stocks did not happen to the rupiah. The currency further depreciated by 0.3 percent on Friday to 15,960 per US dollar after plunging below the Rp 16,000 level earlier in the day, Bloomberg reported. Bank Indonesia’s Jakarta Interspot Dollar Rate data, meanwhile, showed that the rupiah fell to Rp 16,273 against the greenback, its lowest level since the 1998 crisis.Topics : “Market players are lauding the government’s efforts to tackle the COVID-19 outbreak in Indonesia after the President announced plans to import millions of medicines to cure the patients,” Nafan Aji, Binaartha Parama Sekuritas analyst, told The Jakarta Post.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced that the government had officially kicked off rapid tests to detect COVID-19 and the first tests had been conducted in South Jakarta. It had also ordered Avignan, commonly used to treat COVID-19 symptoms in Japan, and chloroquine, a malaria medication.Read also: Jokowi nixes lockdown, opts for mass testingHe also urged his ministers to focus state spending on health care, social aid and economic stimuli to combat the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.last_img read more

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Most popular streets: Why everyone wants to live here

first_imgAlison and Matthew Clayton and son Sean at their Norman Park home. Picture: Peter Wallis.IT sits high above the Brisbane River, offers its residents complete privacy and is home to one of the city’s most extravagant properties. Dauphin Terrace in Highgate Hill has been revealed as the 11th most sought-after street in the country among prospective home buyers — and the most popular street in Queensland.New analysis from online property portal, Realestate.com.au, has uncovered the most in-demand streets for buyers in Australia, based on views per property listing over the past three years. This house at 50 Dauphin Tce, Highgate Hill, is on the market for $11m. To meet the data requirements, the streets needed at least five listings onsite over the three-year period.Dauphin Terrace, just 2.5km from Brisbane’s CBD, has attracted plenty of attention recently because of a waterfront mansion that is currently on the market for an eye-watering $11 million. The trophy home at 50 Dauphin Tce has two street frontage, two self-contained guest quarters, 60m river frontage, a pontoon for a 60m vessel, seven bedrooms, four bathrooms, parking for five cars, a 23m gas-heated pool, four separate decks, an electronic boat lift and a boathouse. This house at 10 Morgan St, Ascot, is for sale.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoDalma Street in Norman Park, in Brisbane’s inner east, is also one of the state’s most in-demand suburbs.Alison and Matthew Clayton have lived in their house at 10 Dalma Street for the past five years since moving from Sydney to Brisbane for work.The family is now downsizing as the kids have almost flown the coup, but they are reluctant to leave.“I’m not surprised at all (that it’s one of the most popular streets) and now the secret’s going to be out,” Mrs Clayton said.“One of the best things about living here would be the great mix of families — it’s just a lovely family-orientated street.“We’ve even met our senior of the street, Les, who’s in his 80s.“He and his wife and family were one of the first to move here when the street was brand new and he’s still here so must love it.”Mrs Clayton said they had Perth Street Park on their doorstep, where children loved to play and dogs could let loose in the offleash area.“Just up the hill from the park is Camp Hill Bowls Club, so we can stroll up the hill to the bowls club whenever we like,” she said.Marketing agent Tammy Dale of Place – Bulimba said Dalma Street was a cul-de-sac and “extremely popular” among families because it was in sought-after school catchment zones.“It’s also proximity to the city and the Gateway (motorway),” Ms Dale said.“It is fairly tightly-held — people don’t move as often in those pockets because once they get in with the school catchment, they want to stay put.”QUEENSLAND’S 20 MOST POPULAR STREETS FOR BUYERS Street Name Suburb Postcode 1. Dauphin Terrace Highgate Hill 4101 2. Ladds Ridge Road Burleigh Heads 4220 3. Ashfield Street East Brisbane 41694. Glauca Street Burleigh Heads 42205. Bronhill Street Currumbin Waters 42236. Timana Avenue Mermaid Waters 42187. Bridgeman Road Bridgeman Downs 40358. Hethorn Street Coorparoo 41519. Dobell Street Indooroopilly 406810. Morgan Street Ascot 400711. Matilda Street Burleigh Heads 422012. French Street Tugun 422413. Dalma Street Norman Park 417014. Greycliffe Street Mount Gravatt East 412215. Anzac Road Eudlo 455416. Harefield Street Indooroopilly 406817. Sirec Way Burleigh Heads 422018. Merion Place Carindale 415219. Euree Street Kenmore 406920. Cowell Drive Burleigh Heads 4220(Source: Realestate.com.au) Dauphin Terrace in Highgate Hill is the most in-demand street in Queensland for home buyers, according to Realestate.com.au.The so-called ‘Great Gatsby’ mansion sits on almost 4000 sqm of prime real estate — a site where General Douglas MacArthur once led the Pacific campaign.The popular beachside hub of Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast has five streets in the top 20 most sought-after list, including Glauca Street, where a five-bedroom house is currently for sale for offers over $650,000.center_img This house at 7 Ashfield St, East Brisbane, sold for $4m. Bridgeman Road in Bridgeman Downs is renowned for its prestige homes on large blocks of land, which is perhaps why it is number seven on the list of most popular streets in the state.A seven-bedroom house on 1ha of land is on the market right now for offers over $2.25 million. Morgan Street in the blue-chip suburb of Ascot rounds out the top 10.A luxury home in the sought-after street has been on the market since 2016 and is currently rented for the highest rental price in Brisbane’s history of $5500 a week. This house at 17 Glauca St, Burleigh Heads, is for sale.Streets in Tugun, Currumbin Waters and Mermaid Waters are also in demand among home hunters.In Brisbane, Ashfield Street in East Brisbane is the third most sought-after street in Queensland, according to realestate.com.au.A luxury, Hamptons-style new build in the street sold for $4 million last year.last_img read more

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Equinor’s latest oil discovery doubles Norne reserves

first_imgNorwegian oil company Equinor has struck oil at the appraisal well of the Cape Vulture discovery from 2017. The well, located in the Norwegian Sea, and drilled by the Songa Encourage drilling rig, confirms a volume potential of 50-70 million recoverable barrels of oil.The Norne FPSO in the Norwegian Sea. (Photo Anne-Mette Fjærli)According to Equinor, the discovery more than doubles the remaining oil reserves to be produced through the Norne field.“Originally planned to be shut down in 2014, the productive life of Norne has already been extended to 2036, which will generate substantial spin-offs. This discovery will boost production in the years to come. The further maturing of the field development has upside potential for additional recoverable reserves from Cape Vulture,” Equinor said.“We are very pleased to have proven and appraised a new substantial oil discovery off the coast of Nordland. The appraisal well confirms a new play on the Nordland Ridge in the Norwegian Sea,” says Nick Ashton, Equinor’s senior vice president, Exploration, Norway & UK.“The discovery demonstrates the importance of our new exploration strategy. We intend to take new approaches and try out new and untested ideas to unlock the remaining commercial resources on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS). This is in line with Equinor’s recently updated roadmap for the NCS, which aims to secure activity for many decades to come,” Ashton maintains.More potential around Norne“The Cape Vulture discovery also opens additional opportunities in the area. As an immediate consequence, we will already next year drill a well on a similar prospect on the Nordland Ridge. We are also maturing other opportunities for the coming years that may help substantially increase the reserves around the Norne field,” Ashton adds.The appraisal of the Cape Vulture discovery is now most likely completed, Equinor said on Tuesday. The partnership in the Norne license will progress the discovery towards a development decision. The discovery demonstrates that considerable resources may still be recovered through existing infrastructure on the NCS, the oil company added.Siri Espedal Kindem, Equinor’s senior vice president, Operations North says: “New data and creative exploration ideas generate resources, new revenues for society, and important jobs in Northern Norway. Cape Vulture came as a gift in early 2017, and it confirmed that exciting subsurface secrets still remain to be unlocked in the Norne area.”“Our exploration people have been scrutinizing the area for more than 40 years, and they are still cracking codes.”Norne was the first field development off Nordland, coming on stream in 1997. The remaining recoverable oil reserves in the fields producing through the Norne FPSO (in addition to the Norne field, this is Alve, Urd, Skuld and Marulk) are currently estimated at approximately 40 million barrels. There are also recoverable gas reserves corresponding to about 80 million barrels of oil equivalent still in place in these five fields, according to Equinor.The Cape Vulture discovery is located 7 kilometers northwest of the production vessel on the Norne field.“Even in an early phase of development planning, this discovery will more than double the oil resources produced through the Norne infrastructure towards 2036, which we are very pleased to see. This is a great day for the Norwegian Sea and the industry in Northern Norway,” Kindem adds.“Exploration results like Cape Vulture are essential to Equinor. We will explore for this type of resources in the years ahead. Discoveries like this will be key to supporting our ambition to extend the lifespan of existing infrastructure,” Nick Ashton says.The exploration drilling in the Cape Vulture well (6608/10-17S) started in early December 2016. The drilling of the appraisal well, including side-tracks (6608/10-18, 6608/10-18B and 6608/10-18C), started in mid-July 2017. The wells were drilled in production license 128, a result of production license 128D awarded in the APA round (award in predefined areas) in 2015. The Cape Vulture Appraisal well was drilled by the Songa Encourage rig.last_img read more

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Zimbabwe call up uncapped duo for Sri Lanka series

first_img(REUTERSs)-Zimbabwe have called up uncapped seamer Carl Mumba and batsman Tarisai Musakanda for The two-Test home series against Sri Lanka starting in Harare on Saturday.There is also a recall after five years for seamer Chris Mpofu, while all-rounder Malcolm Waller is back in the squad for the first time since 2014 having recently scored four half-centuries against a touring Pakistan A side.Mumba and batsman Tarisai Musakanda, who also turns 21 this month, have been rewarded for good form in domestic cricket.Mumba has 59 wickets in 16 first class matches at an average of less than 18, while Musakanda has played four fewer matches and already scored over 600 runs.The pace duo of Tendai Chatara and Tinashe Panyangara were not considered due to injury.The series will be the first for new coach Heath Streak, who was appointed two weeks ago.Squad:Regis Chakabva, Brian Chari, Michael Chinouya, Graeme Cremer (captain), Craig Ervine, Hamilton Masakadza, Tino Mawoyo, Peter Moor, Chris Mpofu, Carl Mumba, Tarisai Musakanda, Taurai Muzarabani, Sikandar Raza, Donald Tiripano, Malcolm Waller, Sean Williamslast_img read more

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