Iranian diplomat convicted of planning attack on opposition

first_imgANTWERP, Belgium (AP) — An Iranian official has been convicted in Belgium of masterminding a thwarted bomb attack against an exiled Iranian opposition group in France in 2018 and sentenced to 20 years in prison. A Belgian court rejected  Assadollah Assadi’s claim of diplomatic immunity. The Vienna-based diplomat refused to testify during his trial last year and he didn’t attend Thursday’s hearing at the Antwerp courthouse. Prosecutors had requested the maximum prison sentence of 20 years on charges of attempted terrorist murder and participation in the activities of a terrorist group. Three other suspects also received prison sentences.last_img read more

Argentina Sends White Helmets to Border between Libya and Tunisia on Account of Refugees

first_imgBy Dialogo March 11, 2011 Argentina will send a delegation of logistics experts to the border between Libya and Tunisia in order to assist those displaced by the conflict in the region, at the request of the United Nations refugee agency, the Foreign Ministry announced on 9 March. The delegation will be made up of eight experts from the ministry’s White Helmets Commission, including specialists in managing camps for displaced people and emergency situations at airports, among others, who can contribute to the work performed by the UN at the border. “The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) asked us to work on the issue of the Libyan refugees, so the White Helmets are going to start work now,” Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman declared. He added that Cristina Kirchner’s administration will send “a team to the border with Tunisia,” where there have been massive movements of Libyans and citizens of other countries in the region seeking refuge, leading the UN to work to resolve the humanitarian situation, according to a Foreign Ministry statement. The White Helmets are an Argentine initiative adopted by the UN in 1994 and by the Organization of American States (OAS) in 1998. The group is a model of cooperation between countries through the participation of teams of volunteers who work in emergency situations and in response to situations of economic and social collapse, according to its website.last_img read more

Marilyn Monroe’s Long Island Affair

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [dropcap]W[/dropcap]hen Marilyn Monroe came out to Fire Island in 1955 to spend the weekend with Lee and Paula Strasberg, who were mentoring her at their famed Actors Studio in Manhattan, she famously remarked, “What a lovely place this is—it’s got water all around it.”But that wasn’t her first time on Long Island. In 1949 Monroe had visited the Town of Oyster Bay’s Tobay Beach with Andre de Dienes, a photographer friend who’d once been her lover in California when she was still using her real name, Norma Jeane, and struggling to get her footing in Hollywood as a model.Then she was a budding starlet and she’d come east to promote the Marx Brothers’ forgettable last film, Love Happy, in which she tells Groucho that she needs his help because “some men are following me” and he lasciviously replies, “Really. I can’t imagine why.”Marilyn Monroe was already one of the most famous women in America when she posed for Eve Arnold, herself a pioneering photographer, at a Mt. Sinai playground and in a nearby marsh in 1955.(Eve Arnold/Magnum Photos)In de Dienes’ pin-up photograph, Monroe was 23 and full of promise. Her troubled childhood in orphanages and foster homes were long behind her. A bright future lay still ahead.By the summer of 1955 Monroe had become one of the most famous women in America. Her marriage to Joe DiMaggio, the Yankee Clipper, was over, and she’d left Hollywood in a contract fight with 20th Century Fox. Her studio bosses had wanted her to do The Girl in Pink Tights. She balked and formed Marilyn Monroe Productions in New York.The image of her skirt billowing in the breeze from the Lexington Avenue subway—a still from the 1954 movie The Seven Year Itch—had become “the shot seen ’round the world.” Adding to the attraction was her 1953 appearance as the nude centerfold in the first issue of Playboy magazine, because the enterprising publisher Hugh Hefner had paid $500 for the rights to Tom Kelley’s nude photos that he’d taken of her in 1949, paying her $50 to pose on a swath of crushed red velvet.The news that the Hollywood star had been fully exposed broke in 1952 when Kelley’s photos turned up in a calendar illustration. Monroe showed her genius for self-publicity—and earned even more money for 20th Century Fox—by owning up to it. In answer to reporters’ breathless queries about what she’d been wearing during the shoot, she said she only had on “the radio.”At the Strasberg’s place on Ocean Beach, Monroe was sharing a bedroom with their teenage daughter Susan, who was about to appear on Broadway in The Diary of Anne Frank. There were “a lot of theater people” at that part of the island, Susan Strasberg recalled. “They were sophisticates, which meant they stared at Marilyn Monroe from a distance instead of staring up close.”Photo: Eve Arnold/Magnum PhotosOver the Labor Day weekend in 1955 Monroe was on the North Shore, staying at Norman and Hedda Rosten’s cottage in Port Jefferson. They were artistic college friends of Arthur Miller’s, who’d Monroe had been seeing since she moved to Manhattan even though they were both still married at the time. Late that September afternoon she left to do a photo shoot with famed photographer Eve Arnold, the second woman to join Magnum Photos, the world-renowned agency founded by Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson.Arnold, who was then living in Miller Place, took Monroe to a playground in Mt. Sinai. Monroe brought along three bathing suits and a copy of James Joyce’s Ulysses, which she kept in her car.“She said she loved the sound of it and would read it aloud to herself to try to make sense of it,” Arnold recalled, “but she found it hard going.”Monroe had performed Molly Bloom’s sensual soliloquy to much acclaim at a small workshop at the Actors Studio. While Arnold was changing film, Monroe got the book out to read.“So, of course, I photographed her,” Arnold explained. Soon it was 5 o’ clock, the golden hour, photographers say. “The timing for the marshes was just right,” Arnold wrote, “the light soft and shadowless and ranging from pale yellow through deep saffron.”Monroe changed into a one-piece bathing suit with a leopard-skin print and waded in.“She was intrepid,” Arnold enthused later. “She stood in [it], sat in it, lay in it until the light started to go and I called a halt. She climbed out, covered in mud, but she was exhilarated—and giggling.” Later, Arnold would insist that Monroe told her “she had loved the day and kept repeating that these were the best circumstances under which she had ever worked.”An effervescent Marilyn Monroe manages to get a laugh out of her serious husband, Arthur Miller,in this series of candid black and white photographs taken in July 1956 when they were the most curious couple in the country. (AP Photo/Julien’s Auctions)Monroe’s career was nearing its apogee. In the summer of 1957 Monroe was married to Miller, who’d won a 1949 Pulitzer for his tragic play Death of a Salesman. They were living in a weather-worn farmhouse in Amagansett near the Rostens, who were renting a cottage in Springs. Also nearby was the abstract expressionist painter Willem de Kooning, who painted Monroe for his series Women. The image, which Monroe biographer Lois Banner likened to “a cross between a grinning child and a screaming fury,” did not appeal to Monroe’s playwright husband but she didn’t mind. The married couple was in a hopeful phase: He was writing in his studio near the main house and she was cooking and tending her garden. And she was pregnant.But on Aug. 1, 1957 she cried out in pain. An ambulance rushed her to Manhattan where Monroe hoped that her own doctor could save her baby. He could not. Suffering from a painful uterine condition called endometriosis, she had an ectopic pregnancy, and it had to be terminated. She spent 10 days in the hospital, Miller by her side.The loss was devastating. When the season was over, they moved back to Manhattan, he ensconced himself in a book-lined study at one end of the apartment struggling over a screenplay that would eventually become The Misfits while she was at the other end, strumming a ukulele and crooning, “I Wanna Be Loved By You.”The next year they moved to a new house they had built in Connecticut, but they never could recreate the idyllic summer they’d shared on the South Fork. And Monroe’s happy times on Long Island faded into memory.last_img read more

Vanderbilt Planetarium Gets Renamed After $850K Donation

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Revamped Vanderbilt planetarium. Pictured above is a state-of-the-art planetarium projector. (Photo courtesy of Vanderbilt Museum.)The Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum’s Planetarium has been renamed The Charles and Helen Reichert Planetarium following the philanthropic Fort Salonga couple’s recent $850,000 donation—a move that some worry may cause confusion.Suffolk lawmakers debated the issue Tuesday before they unanimously voted to approve a resolution changing the name of the Centerport facility, which saw nearly 10,000 visitors the first month since it reopened in March following a $4-million renovation. About 200 school children visit the planetarium and museum daily.“We’ve spent a long time branding this facility, we’ve spent a lot of money on this facility…everybody knows it as the Vanderbilt planetarium,” Legis. Jay Schneiderman (I-Montauk) said before the vote. “I’m a little bit concerned. I don’t want to discourage people from being philanthropic. I just hope were not hurting ourselves in the long run.”The donation, spread out of the next decade—$80,000 for the first five years, $90,000 for the second five—is the third largest in the history of the museum since William K. Vanderbilt II bequest the mansion and a $2 million trust to the county after his death in 1944 and his daughter, Muriel Vanderbilt, donated another $6.2 million.Revamped Vanderbilt Planetarium Educates and Illuminates“I’ve thought of that,” Lance Reinheimer, interim executive director of the Vanderbilt, said of the name change possibly confusing the public. “It’s a valid concern.”He added that road signs will continue to just say “planetarium” and the Reichert family name will be used mainly in correspondence and publications. It will be informally known as the Reichert Family Planetarium at the Vanderbilt Museum.“This is a private donation, it’s not a corporate donation, and we’re naming the building in recognition of the gift,” Reinheimer said. “So it’s a little bit different than Bethpage Ballpark,” he added, referring to the Long Island Ducks’ minor-league baseball stadium in Central Islip for which the county sold the naming rights to Bethpage Federal Credit Union.Presiding Officer William Lindsay (D-Holbrook) dismissed the concerns over any potential confusion.“In all the years that I’ve been sitting here there’s been nothing but complaints [from] this legislature about the Vanderbilt bleeding money,” Lindsay said. “Here we got some money, what are we going to do, throw it back at them?”last_img read more

Standing up for social justice

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In recent months, our country has come face to face with our history of social injustice. But this isn’t a problem that arose overnight; freedom hasn’t been the same for all citizens since our country was founded.The murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis shown a bright light on these inequalities and injustices. What happened was abhorrent and must never happen again. That’s why we as leaders must take a stand now and commit to change.For those whose companies aren’t necessarily focused on social causes, this might seem like you’re stepping out of your lane. But let me ask you this – as humans, is standing up for human rights really outside of our wheelhouse?No.As you work to ensure your company embodies diversity, inclusion, and equity, here are a few steps to take: continue reading »last_img read more

Accounting roundup: ESMA priorities, IAS 19, Basel Committee

first_imgESMA argues that the prohibition on recycling is in line with paragraph 122 of IAS 19.Further, in relation to the UK Brexit referendum, ESMA has signalled businesses must disclose the principle risks they face as a result of the vote, as well as detail the steps they have taken to mitigate that risk.Of particular interest to DB sponsors in the wake of the Brexit vote, ESMA’s statement singles out fair-value disclosures under IFRS 13, as well as disclosures about the fair value of scheme assets under IAS 19, as areas for attention.The ESMA statement also urges preparers to start work on implementing a trio of standards affecting financial instruments (IFRS 9), revenue recognition (IFRS 15) and leases (IFRS 16) “as soon as possible”.In particular, ESMA said issuers must focus on “the expected impacts in accordance with paragraph 30 of IAS 8 as soon as they are known or reasonably estimable”.The supervisor’s warning comes as the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision seeks views a deferral of the International Accounting Standards Board’s new impairment model for regulatory purposes.The committee cites “the limited time until the effective date of IFRS 9, and to allow thorough consideration of the longer-term options for the regulatory treatment of provisions”.Its proposals are set out in a recently issued consultation paper entitled ‘Regulatory treatment of accounting provisions – interim approach and transitional arrangements’.The deferral proposals affect the regulatory treatment of credit-loss provisions under both the standardised and the internal-ratings based approaches under the Basel regime.In addition, the Basel Committee is also asking for views on whether a “transitional arrangement for the impact of ECL accounting on regulatory capital” is called for.The consultation document explains that the committee wants to assess if “any transitional arrangement is warranted to allow banks time to adjust to the impact that the new ECL accounting standards will have on capital for regulatory purposes”.This latest development comes after IPE revealed in March that prudential regulators were in the dark over the regulatory impact of the IASB’s new financial instruments accounting rules, International Financial Reporting Standard 9, Financial Instruments.In a letter to the European Parliament’s Economic Affairs Committee, European Central Bank chairman Mario Draghi said the European System Risk Board had “not yet assessed the impact of the new accounting standards on the financial sector as a whole.”The IASB launched its IFRS 9 project in 2009 to replace its existing financial-instruments accounting standard.The European Union is expected to finalise its endorsement of the standard shortly for use by listed entities for accounting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2018.Lastly, a study from data analysis specialists Jaywing Risk has found that, although lenders surveyed are optimistic about the benefits IFRS 9 will deliver, more than half fear that a lack of analytical expertise will hamper their ability to build compliant models.The IFRS 9 Confident Report took soundings from 100 senior decision makers with responsibility for IFRS 9 within their organisation.Among the sectors examined were UK banks and building societies, as well as consumer, auto and SME finance companies.In terms of readiness, the Jaywing study reported that almost half of banks surveyed were in the implementation and testing phase, while building societies were lagging behind. The European Securities and Markets Authority has published a statement detailing its 2016 European enforcement priorities.The statement identifies financial reporting topics listed companies and their auditors should pay close attention to when preparing and auditing IFRS financial statements for the year ending 31 December.The 2016 priorities capture the reporting of financial performance, the distinction between financial liabilities and equity instruments and disclosures around the impact of new IFRSs.In relation to employee benefits accounting under International Accounting Standard 19, ESMA has taken the step of reminding preparers that remeasurements of the defined benefit (DB) liability/ asset should not be recycled from Other Comprehensive Income.last_img read more

FPSO tender for SNE field slated for 1Q 2018

first_imgPhase 1 development SNE drilling The joint venture achieved a concept select decision at the end of 2017 and entered concept definition. The Phase 1 development concept for the SNE field is a stand-alone FPSO facility with subsea infrastructure. It will be designed to allow subsequent SNE development phases, including options for potential gas export to shore and for future subsea tiebacks from other reservoirs and fields.Phase 1 will include oil production as well as gas and water injection wells. The expected FPSO oil production capacity is approximately 100,000 bbl/day. Gas sales opportunities are being explored to support incremental gas export to shore.According to Woodside, expressions of interest have been sought and subsequent engagement held with contractors and operators for subsea and FPSO facilities prior to a formal tendering process, expected in 1Q 2018. The joint venture is considering a redeployed FPSO facility as the preferred development opportunity.In August 2017, the environmental baseline survey was completed and the Environment and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) process started. The joint venture is targeting submission of the ESIA in 2Q 2018.Work is progressing on detailed concept definition work which will lead to front-end engineering and design beginning in 4Q 2018, in parallel with anticipated approval of the Exploitation Plan.As reported earlier by Offshore Energy Today, the final investment decision (FID) for the project is targeted for early 2019. First oil from SNE is expected in 2022. Indicative FPSO facility and subsea layout for the SNE Field Development-Phase 1Partners in the SNE field development offshore Senegal have achieved a concept select decision and the tendering process for the FPSO and subsea facilities is expected in the first quarter of 2018. Cairn Energy is the operator of three blocks offshore Senegal (Rufisque, Sangomar and Sangomar Deep (RSSD)). The Sangomar Deep portion of offshore Senegal PSC contains the SNE field. Cairn’s partners off Senegal are Woodside, FAR Limited, and Petrosen.Woodside has been active in the offshore region of Senegal since 2016 when it acquired a material position in the SNE field from ConocoPhillips. In 2017, Woodside became Development Lead for the SNE Field Development-Phase 1 and plans to transition to operator of the RSSD blocks in 2018. Woodside’s participation in the acreage offshore Senegal was challenged by partner FAR.Woodside said in its annual report for 2017 on Wednesday that for early commercialization and ongoing optimization of the development plan, a phased development is proposed, focusing first on the less complex lower reservoir units. Subsequent phases will target more complex reservoir units, the company said. Appraisal drilling continued in 2017, improving the understanding of the reservoir and the optimal development plan.The 2017 drilling campaign on the Senegalese acreage was completed with five exploration and appraisal wells drilled ahead of schedule and under budget. Data from the campaign is currently being analysed to inform future activities.The joint venture is now reviewing potential 2018 drilling opportunities, including a prospect in the shallow water Rufisque offshore block. The forecast drilling activity plan schedules this activity for the fourth quarter of 2018.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Park Jefferson Iron Cup pays $1,500 to IMCA Modified, Stock Car winners

first_imgPit gates open at 4:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. for the third installment of the Arnold Motor Supply Midwest Madness Tour. Hot laps are at 6:15 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.  More information is posted on the www.parkjeff.com website. Also on the card are IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods racing for $700 to win, Mach-1 Sport Compacts for $200 to win and the Sprint Series of Nebraska.  The sixth annual Iron Cup is presented by J&J Fitting and the Modified feature is a qualifying event for the 2019 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. center_img JEFFERSON, S.D. – IMCA Modifieds and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars both battle it out in $1,500 to win main events at Park Jefferson Speedway’s Monday, July 1 Iron Cup. Grandstand admission is $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $5 for children ages 6-16 and free for five and under. Pit passes are $30. A clubhouse pass is an additional $12 to any grandstand ticket or pit pass.last_img read more

Local custom furniture business to be featured on HGTV tonight

first_imgOsgood, IN— A local, custom-crafted furniture company, Iron Timbers, will be featured on HGTV tonight at 9 pm on the show “Good Bones”.  In May Iron Timbers announced that they have been working alongside  Good Bones for their upcoming Season 5 and will be making several episode appearances.  Tonight’s episode is the first of many to come.  Located in Southeastern Indiana, consider the Hardwood Capital of the world, Iron Timbers uses its passion and experience to create long-lasting and functional furniture for its clients by utilizing 100+-year-old reclaimed lumber, local hardwoods, and high-grade metal materials.last_img read more

David Beckham – what he said

first_img On the famous flying boot incident: ”Maybe it’s one of the things we can recreate. Someone mentioned that to me the other day. We will see.” On Ryan Giggs’ potential management career: ”I have always said that Giggsy has this streak running through him that you see in top managers. I saw it as a player. He is so determined and when you have got someone like that at a club like this, someone who is from this part of the world and knows so much about this club – it’s so embedded into him – it means so much to fans, so I hope that at some point Giggsy does take over. I t might not be for the next five or 10 years but at some point it would be amazing for the fans to have him. To have Giggsy sat on the line preparing himself to become a manager is exciting.” On his favourite Manchester United memory: “It’s hard to pick one moment, but if I did have to I would have to say the (1992) FA Youth Cup final with the players we had and Eric Harrison as manager, Sir Alex Ferguson on the pitch and in the dressing room after. There were 25,000 or 27,000 there. That was my personal highlight.” On the match at Old Trafford, which will take place on November 14: “I am very excited to be back here at Old Trafford. It’s something I am very proud of. I retired three years ago. I never thought I would be getting my boots on again, apart from with the kids, so this is a special occasion and I am really excited and proud about it.” On Ferguson’s return to the dugout: “To have Sir Alex Ferguson as the manager of the team in this game is very special. He’s one of the most decorated managers in the history of the game, and he’s the man who gave me the opportunity to play for a club that I’d supported for so many years.” On the Ferguson fear factor: “The manager still has that hold over all of us that he’s always had. I saw him a few weeks ago and we always went through this as kids. We’d never drink in front of the manager or talk about a night out in front of him. But I found myself in a room with him holding a glass of wine and the manager came over to talk to me, so I started hiding my glass of wine behind my back.” On his relationship with Ferguson: ”My relationship with the manager was always great despite what people say, despite the couple of ups and downs which we had. When you are a kid, you need someone to look up to, someone to aspire to be. I left London at a very young age and I needed a father figure and he was that person. It’s what his reputation is all about – that fear, but he’s also a man that you have so much respect for, that you want to win for and want to play for. I don’t think that will ever go away, that is just how it is.” Beckham will captain a Great Britain and Ireland XI managed by Sir Alex Ferguson against a Rest of the World XI coached by Carlo Ancelotti and led by Zinedine Zidane. Here is what the former Manchester United and England midfielder said: Press Association David Beckham spoke at a press conference at Old Trafford on Tuesday to publicise a UNICEF charity match he is involved in.last_img read more