News story: Pakistan: Terror group leader added to UN Sanctions list

first_imgFor journalists On 1 May, Masood Azhar, leader and founder of terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), was listed by the United Nations (UN). The UK strongly supports this UN listing and has worked closely with international partners to achieve this result. JeM was proscribed in the UK in 2001 and we have consistently called for this international listing. We welcome the unity of the decision taken by the UN, which sends a strong message about the importance of collective action to uphold global peace and stability. On 1 May 2019, the UN decided to add Masood Azhar, the leader of Jaish-e-Mohammed, to the UN’s ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions List of individuals and entities subject to the assets freeze, travel ban, and arms embargo set out in paragraph 1 of the Security Council resolution 2368 (2017), adopted under Chapter VII of the UN Charter.An FCO Spokesperson said: Media enquiries Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn Further information The UK Government believes the listing is a positive development for the security and stability of the South Asia region. We welcome the commitment by the Government of Pakistan to tackle terrorist groups and the extremism that sustains them. The UK continues to encourage robust and sustained action against these groups, and will work tirelessly to address the ongoing threat they pose to the UK and the international community. Email [email protected]last_img read more

Ethics panel examines lawyers acting as mortgage brokers

first_imgEthics panel examines lawyers acting as mortgage brokers Ethics panel examines lawyers acting as mortgage brokers Also says lawyers should be able to use paralegals to represent clients in Social Security hearings Gary Blankenship Senior Editor A lawyer should be able to act as a mortgage broker for clients who, after filing and following a bankruptcy plan for several months, wish to refinance their home and use the proceeds to pay off their bankruptcy obligations, the Professional Ethics Committee has tentatively decided.And lawyers should be able to use paralegals to represent clients in Social Security hearings as long as they are careful not to violate Bar rules on supervising nonlawyer employees and prohibiting fee splitting with nonlawyers, the panel determined.Ft. Lauderdale attorney Jeffrey Tromberg posed the mortgage broker question to the committee. He told the committee the refinancing comes only after all the bankruptcy work is done and wouldn’t affect the initial bankruptcy work because there is no way to tell them whether refinancing would be available later.The refinancing is frequently possible because of the recent rapid rise in Florida home values which gives those in bankruptcy an unexpected source of capital. Tromberg said he began his brokerage business because he saw clients paying exorbitant fees to brokers when they refinanced, which either raised the costs to the clients or gave them less money from the deal.“Lenders won’t touch them [prior to bankruptcy] when they’re in foreclosure; they will after they’ve been in bankruptcy for 12 months or so,” Tromberg said. “This particular niche is to help people who are in a five-year bankruptcy plan to have the ability to get out of bankruptcy. It gives them the equity so they can get out of bankruptcy and move on with their lives.”He originally asked for a Bar staff ethics counsel opinion on two points: whether he could own the mortgage brokerage company that in turn served his own clients and whether his disclosure and waiver of conflict form was adequate. The Bar staff opinion answered no to both questions, and Tromberg appealed to the committee.In response to committee questions, Tromberg said the mortgage work would only occur several months to a year or more after the bankruptcy plan was filed — and the case is essentially dormant unless the clients fail to follow the plan. He also noted that the staff opinion means his company can provide cut-rate mortgage services to anyone in bankruptcy, except his own law practice clients.Some committee members argued Tromberg would have an unwaivable conflict and might be in the position of advising clients whether or not they should refinance when he had an interest in the outcome. But other members said the Bar encourages lawyers to have ancillary businesses, and as long as adequate disclosures are made and the transaction proceeded in the limited way Tromberg described, it should be allowed.The committee approved a motion by member Adele Stone to have the staff opinion redrafted that would answer Tromberg’s questions affirmatively. The opinion would be restricted to the narrow facts of the case and require that clients be told they had the option to seek independent counsel on the mortgage refinancing. The committee sent the matter to a subcommittee for redrafting, and also asked the subcommittee to recommend whether the opinion should be a redrafted staff opinion or become a proposed advisory opinion from the committee.The committee also overturned a staff opinion on the Social Security issue. It voted to issue an opinion that an attorney could use a paralegal to cover Social Security hearings, as long as the paralegal was paid a salary and fees weren’t split. The opinion will also reference Bar Rule 4-5.3, which spells out a lawyer’s duties in supervising nonlawyer employees.Supporters of that vote noted that the Social Security Administration allows nonlawyers to represent others in administrative hearings and that fee splitting is not involved if the fee goes to the firm and not the paralegal. Opponents said clients could think they are hiring an attorney when their case winds up being handled by a paralegal and it would be hard not to base the paralegal’s compensation on performance at the hearings, which could lead to fee splitting.On another matter, the committee asked for an update on policies of when lawyers can be of counsel to law firms. Some members said they had objections to saying one law firm could be of counsel to another. The PEC had referred that matter to the Bar Board of Governors, but the Disciplinary Procedure Committee voted against having a rule on of counsel relationships, and the matter died. August 1, 2005 Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

Taking a ‘page’ from ESPN: The evolution of CUInsight with Randy Smith

first_img 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Every time I see CUinsight’s Randy Smith, he has the biggest grin on his face. I call him the happiest person in the industry — and why not? CUinsight has grown into quite the content juggernaut for credit unions, and it seems there’s no end in sight.So we invited Randy on the show to talk a little bit about his site’s evolution, as CUinsight just went through another website update — which is pretty cool, resembling ESPN’s new interface along with many other trend-setting sites. There’s good reason for the upgrade. Randy tells us there is so much content running through his site now that he had to “slim it down” and make it more efficient. continue reading »last_img read more

Impressive revamp of barn-like home to generate buyer interest

first_imgThe after photo of 34 Smiths Road, Wights Mountain.Owners Taryn and Russ Quinn bought the home, gutted it and remodelled it from the property’s “bare bones”.“It was a tired looking structure,” Mrs Quinn said.“We both saw the potential in the building, with exposed timbers and open-plan living. It has been totally revamped.”More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 201934 Smiths Road, Wights Mountain. 34 Smiths Road, Wights Mountain.Restored original beams frame the home which includes a library, media room and solar heated pool.Mrs Quinn said she called the home Rainbow Estate.“In the afternoon, from all the glass around the house, there are so many colours which reflect and can be seen on the floors and walls,” she said. The before photo of 34 Smiths Road, Wights Mountain. 34 Smiths Road, Wights Mountain.Mrs Quinn said her husband, a software engineer, was the brains behind the technology in the home.“It’s a smart home and we have used Cbus technology throughout,” she said.“We can control everything from our smart phone. We can open the gates from our smart phone, operate the lights, fans, and even irrigation systems.”center_img Taryn and Russ Quinn with daughter Charlotte at 34 Smiths Rd, Wights Mountain.A remodelled barn-like home in this Brisbane suburb has taken 18 months to undergo a makeover.The home at 34 Smiths Rd, Wights Mountain is one-of-a-kind and features four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a two-car garage. 34 Smiths Road, Wights Mountain.Architect Dennis Cantwell renovated and extended the existing space, assisted by builder Barry Kuenz of Loyalty Homes.NGU Real Estate principal Emil Juresic has listed the property with offers over $1,590,000.The owners are selling as they plan to do more travelling with their young daughter Charlotte.Data by realestate.com.au found the home was the most popular of all listed Queensland properties last week.undefinedlast_img read more

Usain Bolt, Justin Gatlin book 200m showdown

first_imgUsain Bolt set up another duel with Justin Gatlin after breezing into the 200 metres final at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing.Gatlin, who has served two drugs bans, will be out for revenge after getting pipped on the line in the 100 metres final on Sunday.The American qualified from heat two in 19.87 seconds ahead of Panama’s Alonso Edward, who is also anticipated to be in the medal hunt come Thursday’s final. Bolt then cruised through in the final heat in 19.95s, taking victory ahead of South Africa’s Anaso Jobodwana (20.01s).”For me, my 200 is my best event,” Bolt said.”I live for this, so I’m looking forward to it. I know I’m going to do well.””Bit tired, as expected,” added the world record holder said. “Just trying to get as much rest as possible and trying to get through these rounds. Right now I’m feeling okay. I didn’t run a hard corner. I ran maybe 90 percent.”Such was their dominance (Bolt and Jobodwana), there was even time for the duo to share a smile across the finish line as they eased down in the home straight to take the two automatic qualifying spots.Britain’s Zharnel Hughes set out his medal bid with a hugely impressive run in the opening heat. Hughes came through to win in 20.14s, with Jamaica’s Warren Weir a surprise casualty as he finished seventh.Wier’s compatriot Nickel Ashmeade (20.19s) came second. Qatar’s Femi Ogunode (20.05s) ran a national record to earn a fastest loser spot, with Turkey’s Ramil Guliyev (20.10s) taking the other to complete the eight-man field for the final. Main photo: The eight athletes we can expect to see in the  200m final on Thursday–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Angels planning to allow farm system to continue to grow

first_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter LAS VEGAS — Billy Eppler has a very clear plan to get the Angels back to perennial contention.It’s about the farm system.On the second day of the Winter Meetings, the Angels general manager spelled out a plan that doesn’t seem to include blockbuster trades that would weaken their farm system.“We are clearly trying to build organizationally,” Eppler said. “I think anybody can figure that out now. We haven’t traded a lot of our players in our minor league system. Nobody impactful. Nobody in the top tier of the prospect tree has been traded. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros None of that is to say the Angels aren’t still trying to win now, Eppler pointed out a day earlier. They are trying to improve as much as possible in the short-term, without jeopardizing the long-term.“What you’re trying to do is give yourself an opportunity to win every year,” he said. “If everything falls right in a given year you might push yourself into the postseason. It’s within your bandwidth of outcomes. You are going to make some shorter-term decisions and are most likely not going to trade things that have multiple years of control. You are going to keep yourself in that competitive window to still have within your band of outcomes an 86-or-better-win team.”PUJOLS UPDATEAlbert Pujols, who had knee surgery in August and elbow surgery in September, has been cleared for all upper body work and light impact lower body work, Eppler said.Eppler still is not ready to make any predictions about how much the Angels will be able to get from Pujols in 2019.With Shohei Ohtani expected to handle most of the designated hitter duties, Pujols is likely going to need to play as much first base as possible. Last season, the grind of playing 70 games at first no doubt contributed to him needing surgery.“We have to see how he feels going through January and February,” Eppler said. “We’ll have to see. We’ll take it organically.”MINOR LEAGUE DEALSThe Angels reached agreements with three more players on minor league deals: Right-handed pitchers Forrest Snow and Matt Ramsey and outfielder Cesar Puello. They also officially announced three minor league deals that had already been reported, outfielders Peter Bourjos and Jarrett Parker and catcher Dustin Garneau.Puello, 27, returns to the Angels after appearing in one game with them in 2017. He also played 16 games with the Tampa Bay Rays.Snow, 29, has never pitched in the majors and has a 4.27 ERA in the minors. Eppler said the Angels see value in his “secondary stuff,” and both the scouting reports and analytics agreed there was some upside.Ramsey, 29, has a 2.69 ERA in six minor league seasons. He has also never pitched in the majors.Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield “We know that sustainable health is going to be achieved through our farm system, and then we do have the financial muscle if we want to go outside at the right time. We can achieve those things as well. That’s going to be our cookbook.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.When Eppler was hired as the Angels GM in October 2015, the team had the worst farm system in baseball. Now, they’ve moved to the cusp of the top 10.“We hope to get that into the top five,” Eppler said. “If we get into the top five, and a lot of those players are in Triple-A or Double-A, and they are pushing their way in, now you have more cost control and cost certainty in things, and then you can flex some of that financial muscle when that opportunity comes.”Certainly, those comments can be interpreted to mean that the Angels aren’t ready to ship out the type of prospects that would be required to get someone the caliber of catcher J.T. Realmuto or pitchers like Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer or Noah Syndergaard.Certainly, there are trade targets who fit for the Angels who could be acquired without moving a top prospect, though. They could get a pitcher like Sonny Gray or Julio Teheran or a catcher like Francisco Cervelli. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more