Scotland inches closer to investigating Trump for money laundering

first_imgFirst Minister Sturgeon first hemmed and hawed, saying that she was no fan of Trump but not committing to anything else on the matter. Harvie told the BBC that it is Sturgeon’s obligation as first minister to root out corruptions like this one. “Trump’s known sources of income don’t explain where the money came from for these huge cash transactions. There are reasonable grounds for suspecting that his lawfully obtained income was insufficient. Scottish ministers can apply via the Court of Session for an unexplained wealth order, a tool designed for precisely these kinds of situations.”The Trump administration and its solicitors have attacked Harvie and others for playing politics and saying that Donald Trump has invested “hundreds of millions of dollars into” the Scottish economy. I’m guessing that while Harvie would take that bet and go to court, Donald Trump wouldn’t. I say this because Donald Trump is a con man and if our country, at some point, decides to finally hold the elite in our country accountable for breaking laws and abuses of power, I suspect Donald Trump and others will be in jail for the rest of their miserable days.That’s a big if. Fingers crossed that the international community can give America a beacon to help direct us out of the dark times we are facing.- Advertisement – Trump’s connection with international money launderers, and the never-ending stream of information connecting him with money laundering activities, along with his opaque financials is more than enough reason for there to be a serious investigation, according to Patrick Harvie, the co-leader of the country’s Green Party. “Now that Trump is set to lose immunity from prosecution in the U.S., he may be held to account there, isn’t it time he’s also held to account here? Isn’t it time for answers from the Trump Organization?” Harvie has repeatedly asked of Scotland’s National Party leader First Minister Nicolea Sturgeon to look into the matter.From the beginning, Trump’s investments in Scotland have seemed unusual. As the self-proclaimed “King of Debt,” Trump has built almost all of his signature projects with other people’s money. His Scottish resorts appear to be funded with his own funds—but based on personal financial disclosures he has filed as president, it’s not clear how Trump has been able to generate that much cash. The recent series of articles by the New York Times, based on copies of Trump’s tax returns, suggest that Trump has used a variety of tactics—including some legally dubious ones—to bolster his liquidity, but Harvie says there hasn’t been sufficient explanation of how Trump is paying for Aberdeenshire and Turnberry.Harvie’s Green Party have been pushing for First Minister Sturgeon to employ a governmental tool called an Unexplained Wealth Order (UWO). This tool is one that gives the Scottish government wide-ranging powers to investigate “politically exposed persons” whose finances seem dubious. UWOs have been used to expose European businessmen of dirty dealings and criminal behavior by forcing them to open up their books. And while it has been used very clearly in cases like Donald Trump’s, PM Sturgeon has seemed reticent to commit to holding Donald Trump accountable.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Ireland complete November clean sweep

first_imgA penalty from Jonathan Sexton left it at 20-20 at half-time.There were just 9 points shared out by the two sides in the second half, but crucially it was Ireland who scored another two penalties and they held on to complete their third win this Autumn, after victories over South Africa and Georgia. All five of the game’s tries came in the first half at the Aviva.Ireland ran into a 17-0 lead, thanks to a fine try from Simon Zebo and an intercept effort from Tommy Bowe.However, Australia showed their class, scoring three tries in succession, with two of them coming from Nick Phipps.last_img

MLB takes over Dodgertown, renames it for Jackie Robinson and gives it a new purpose

first_imgPreviousFrom left, former Dodgers owner Peter O’Malley, MLB commissioner Robert Manfred, Sharon Robinson, Rachel Robinson (seated), David Robinson and Vero Beach commissioner Peter O’Bryan unveil the new name of Dodgertown during a press conference on Tuesday in Vero Beach, Fla. The MLB-run Jackie Robinson Training Complex will serve as “a year-round hub of amateur development initiatives and events designed to diversify and strengthen the talent pipelines of baseball and softball.” (Photo by Steven Martine/MLB Photos)A sign stands at the entrance to Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Fla., the longtime spring training home of the Dodgers before they moved their operations to Arizona a decade ago. MLB took control of the facility earlier this year and on Tuesday dedicated the renamed Jackie Robinson Training Complex as “a year-round hub of amateur development initiatives and events designed to diversify and strengthen the talent pipelines of baseball and softball.” (AP Photo/Paul Newberry)MLB took control of the Dodgers’ longtime spring training home in Vero Beach, Fla., earlier this year and on Tuesday dedicated the renamed Jackie Robinson Training Complex as “a year-round hub of amateur development initiatives and events designed to diversify and strengthen the talent pipelines of baseball and softball.”(Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsFans find shade in the grandstands of Holman Stadium during a 2008 Grapefruit League game in Vero Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)Street signs honoring Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese stand at Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Fla., the longtime spring training home of the Dodgers before they moved their operations to Arizona a decade ago. MLB this week dedicated the renamed Jackie Robinson Training Complex as “a year-round hub of amateur development initiatives and events designed to diversify and strengthen the talent pipelines of baseball and softball.”(AP Photo/Paul Newberry)Fans gather around the Dodgers’ dugout at Holman Stadium at Dodgertown during a 2008 Grapefruit League game in Vero Beach, Fla. The open dugouts at Holman Stadium were unique. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)MLB took control of the Dodgers’ longtime spring training home in Vero Beach, Fla., earlier this year and on Tuesday dedicated the renamed Jackie Robinson Training Complex as “a year-round hub of amateur development initiatives and events designed to diversify and strengthen the talent pipelines of baseball and softball.” (AP Photo/J. Pat Carter)Brooklyn Dodgers infielder Jackie Robinson stands with rookie catcher Roy Campanella during spring training in Vero Beach, Fla., in 1948. MLB took control of the Dodgers’ longtime spring training facility earlier this year and on Tuesday dedicated the renamed Jackie Robinson Training Complex as “a year-round hub of amateur development initiatives and events designed to diversify and strengthen the talent pipelines of baseball and softball.” (AP Photo)From left, Brooklyn Dodgers Jackie Robinson, Gil Hodges, Roy Campanella, Billy Cox and Peewee Reese pose for a spring training photo in 1952 in Vero Beach, Fla. The Dodgertown complex will now bear Robinson’s name and serve as an East Coast hub of amateur development initiatives and events designed to diversify and strengthen the talent pipelines of baseball and softball. (AP Photo)The Brooklyn Dodgers’ Jackie Robinson leaps into the air as he and teammate Pee Wee Reese, center, work on turning double plays at the team’s spring training home in 1949 in Vero Beach, Fla. (AP Photo)Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Fla., the organization’s longtime spring training home, has been renamed the Jackie Robinson Training Complex, in honor of the Hall of Famer. (AP Photo)Players look out from the dugout during a college baseball game between Penn State Beaver and Miami University Hamilton at Holman Stadium at Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Fla., in 2016. The facility hosted a number of events before MLB took it over earlier this year. (AP Photo/Paul Newberry)A batter runs during a college baseball game between Penn State Beaver and Miami University Hamilton at Holman Stadium at Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Fla., in 2016. The facility hosted a number of events before MLB took it over earlier this year. (AP Photo/Paul Newberry)Former Dodgers pitchers Alfredo Simon (70) and Fernando De La Cruz (79) sit in the bullpen and watch their team take on the Houston Astros during a 2008 spring training game at Holman Stadium in Vero Beach, Fla. As of this week, the Dodgers’ longtime spring training home has a new name and a new purpose. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)From left, former Dodgers owner Peter O’Malley, MLB commissioner Robert Manfred, Sharon Robinson, Rachel Robinson (seated), David Robinson and Vero Beach commissioner Peter O’Bryan unveil the new name of Dodgertown during a press conference on Tuesday in Vero Beach, Fla. The MLB-run Jackie Robinson Training Complex will serve as “a year-round hub of amateur development initiatives and events designed to diversify and strengthen the talent pipelines of baseball and softball.” (Photo by Steven Martine/MLB Photos)A sign stands at the entrance to Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Fla., the longtime spring training home of the Dodgers before they moved their operations to Arizona a decade ago. MLB took control of the facility earlier this year and on Tuesday dedicated the renamed Jackie Robinson Training Complex as “a year-round hub of amateur development initiatives and events designed to diversify and strengthen the talent pipelines of baseball and softball.” (AP Photo/Paul Newberry)NextShow Caption1 of 14A sign stands at the entrance to Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Fla., the longtime spring training home of the Dodgers before they moved their operations to Arizona a decade ago. MLB took control of the facility earlier this year and on Tuesday dedicated the renamed Jackie Robinson Training Complex as “a year-round hub of amateur development initiatives and events designed to diversify and strengthen the talent pipelines of baseball and softball.” (AP Photo/Paul Newberry)ExpandSixteen years after his first visit to the Dodgers’ spring training camp in Vero Beach, Fla., Russell Martin still remembers the bridge.“You had the minor league complex and across the bridge it was the big league side,” Martin said, “so it was like if you play good enough you get to cross the bridge and play in the big dogs’ house. That was kind of the attitude.”Clayton Kershaw remembers the converted Naval barracks that the Dodgers’ players called home six weeks a year.“You come in and it’s just these lines of dorms,” Kershaw said. “It’s like a motel where the doors open on the outside, but the rooms aren’t bad. We had to stay six to a room sometimes, which isn’t great, but it was great. You’re in your own little baseball world.” Years of talks culminated when MLB took operational control of Historic Dodgertown on Jan. 2. Tuesday, its new name was revealed: The Jackie Robinson Training Complex. Commissioner Rob Manfred flew in from New York to announce the change. Peter O’Malley and his sister, Terry O’Malley Seidler, flew in from California. Jackie Robinson’s family – wife Rachel, daughter Sharon, son David – flew in from all over; David Robinson lives in Africa.Along with the new name came a new mission statement. MLB dedicated the facility as “a year-round hub of amateur development initiatives and events designed to diversify and strengthen the talent pipelines of baseball and softball.” A preliminary slate of five summer events was announced. Former major league players and coaches will work with participants during at least one event, the Hank Aaron Invitational, from July 21-Aug. 2. The league will not charge players and their families for participating – a deliberate response to the expensive travel ball circuit that typically excludes youth from low-income backgrounds.The league also pledged $10 million toward renovating Holman Stadium, the Dodgers’ Grapefruit League home, as well as the motel rooms and a new indoor training facility. Indian River County pledged an additional $4.9 million for renovations. In theory, the upgraded facilities will allow Vero Beach to complement the Urban Youth Academy in Compton as an East Coast hub in MLB’s push for diversity.“My dad was so committed to young people,” Sharon Robinson said at the Tuesday morning press conference. “When he was still playing baseball he started with the Harlem YMCA, and he would meet with the young people there. They actually ended up naming that after him. He was always committed to the development of young people.”Craig Callan, the director of Dodgertown since 1988, credited O’Malley and Seidler for keeping the facility alive without a major league tenant. How does Dodgertown run a profitable business without the Dodgers? O’Malley made sure it didn’t matter.When Peter O’Malley assumed responsibility of the property in 2011, Callan said, “he signed a contract just to keep the legacy going, saying ‘I will not make a penny; I’m willing to absorb the losses.’ Any profit made during his tenure would be put back into the facility. That’s the Peter O’Malley/Terry Seidler legacy.”Related Articles Kenley Jansen remembers the proximity.“They used to be Dodger kind of royalty family – before you go in you see all these (retired Dodger players),” Jansen said. “You still see most of these guys coming into camp, but it’s not the same. When you have them come and stay there, everybody’s there together. It’s definitely a great experience looking back.”There aren’t many active baseball players who remember what it’s like to spend an entire spring training in Vero Beach. Most have retired. Four (Martin, Kershaw, Jansen and Pedro Baez) are still Dodgers. They were all just passing through Vero on their baseball journey. Even the Dodgers were temporary tenants in the “town” that bore their name from 1948 until Tuesday. Then as now, Indian River County owned the Dodgertown property.Yet what is Dodgertown without the actual Dodgers?That was the question hanging over Vero for a decade. The answer involved a little bit of everything. It was a preseason training site for a pro team from Korea and a college team from Japan. It was a training camp for CFL and NCAA football teams, a youth softball complex, a rugby camp, and a base for hurricane clean-up crews. It was a fantasy camp for fans and retired Dodger players which, since the Dodgers hosted their final Grapefruit League game on March 17, 2008, appeared to be Vero’s closest association with Major League Baseball. The league – specifically Tony Reagins and Darrell Miller, who oversee MLB’s youth directives – engaged the county in discussions behind the scenes to change that. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire If this story has an unsung hero, it’s Callan.Callan was 28 years old when O’Malley hired him to work in Vero Beach in 1978. He never left, shepherding the complex through 41 years of Dodger ownership changes. He was Frank McCourt’s point man during the construction of Camelback Ranch. For a time, he also oversaw operations of Campo Las Palmas in the Dominican Republic. Now Callan is training an understudy who will succeed him when he retires in two months.“I have a 10-year-old son,” Callan said. “At 70 years old, I’m not going anywhere.”For Kershaw and Jansen, training in Vero Beach was an experience that required years to appreciate. When you’re a skinny teenager trying to find your way in baseball and the world, the history of the American Civil Rights Movement is probably beyond your ken. You’re not thinking about Jackie Robinson, Don Newcombe and Roy Campanella, even while you train where they trained.That will change now. For the first time in a while, Vero Beach belongs to baseball’s future as well as its past. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco last_img read more

SALMON TOO TIGHT TO MENTION FOR SIMPLY RED STAR!

first_imgSimply Red star Mick Hucknall’s chance of catching a prize salmon on his Co Donegal estate seem to have got away.The chart-topping star and his bandmate Chris de Margary acquired some rights to the River Finn outside Ballybofey in 2006 after they bought the Glenmore Rivers estate.Both are keen anglers and saxophonist De Margey even set up home on the estate. Hucknall, 51, often stays on the 24,000 acre Co Donegal estate where he is popular with locals.But the agency which looks after the river which runs through the heart of the estate has revealed the number of salmon has dropped from 6,000 in 2006 to just 2,000 recently.The salmon and trout season on the River Finn starts on March 1st and ends in September.But the most worrying part for the ‘Money’s Too Tight To Mention’ stars is that nobody knows why the salmon are disappearing. Commercial fishermen had been banned from placing drift nets on Lough Foyle leading to the River Finn.But drift-net fishermen say they are not to blame.Billy Doherty, a drift-net fisherman on Lough Foyle, has been stopped from catching salmon since June 2010.He said the ban won’t help stocks to recover.“The so-called experts now realise that there are other factors that are causing the decline in the salmon,” he said. “It wasn’t solely the drift-net fishermen.“I think to be honest someone somewhere needs to ask vital questions. Why are the stocks still declining after so much public money has been spent?”SALMON TOO TIGHT TO MENTION FOR SIMPLY RED STAR! was last modified: February 28th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Glenmore Rivers estateMick HucknallsalmonSimply Redlast_img read more

12 killed including baby in horrific New York apartment blaze

first_imgTwelve people including a baby have been killed following a horrific apartment fire in New York.The blaze broke out in the Bronx.The blaze started on the first floor of the building and quickly spread upstairs, city Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro told reporters at a news conference with the mayor. The cause of the blaze, which was attended to by more than 160 fire fighters, is under investigation.Mayor of New York, De Blasio said the death toll ranked as “one of the worst losses of life to a fire in many, many years” in the city.Four people were in hospital in critical condition “fighting for their lives,” the mayor said.Authorities said firefighters rescued 12 people from the building. Two of the dead were found in a bathtub.New York is going through a bitterly cold snap with sub-zero temperatures and high winds.Wherever fire hoses sprayed, the ground was covered with sheets of ice, according to local reporters.12 killed including baby in horrific New York apartment blaze was last modified: December 29th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:blazedeadnew yorklast_img read more