Guilty plea in Ponzi scheme; Company settles lawsuit

first_imgBROOKVILLE, Ind. – A Brookville man has pleaded guilty to multiple felony counts related to an $8.9 million Ponzi scheme in Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky.Jerry Smith admitted guilt to five counts of criminal securities fraud and faces two to eight years on each count, according to the Brookville Democrat.Circuit Court Judge Clay Kellerman could sentence Smith between two and 40 years in prison on Wednesday, December 2.Smith is currently serving a five year prison sentence after reaching a plea agreement in federal court in 2012.Court documents show Smith and Jason Snelling ran a scheme selling unregistered investments while working as a registered representative for OneAmerica Securities.OneAmerica recently agreed to pay over $800,000 to settle a lawsuit accusing the company of not properly supervising Smith and Snelling, when they were employed there.The company stated they were not liable but settled the suit for financial reasons.Snelling has also pleaded guilty to federal and state charges. Judge Kellerman sentenced Snelling to a 40-year prison sentence.last_img read more

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Petterson-Griffith ready for World Classic Powerlifting Championships

first_img… Guyana Shore Base Inc., Space Gym on boardCARLOS Petterson-Griffith has his weights in hand and is ready for his final push as he prepares for his pioneering journey to Helsingborg, Sweden to take part in the World Classic Powerlifting Championship, which is scheduled for June 3-15.Due to the distance of the event, the 25-year-old would travel on June 8, just for his leg of the competition, which is the 93kg weight class.So far, Guyana Shore Base Inc. and Space Gym have assisted, but it will take more support to fund the trip, which would be the first for a Guyanese powerlifter. Petterson-Griffith, is no ordinary lifter. His short time in the sport has yielded incredible results. In fact, he is the current NAPF/Regional Overall Champion. That competition was held in Mexico City, Mexico last August.At that event, he squatted 300kg, bench-pressed 165kg and deadlifted 325kg which gave him a total of 790kg and the best lifter title, which also earned him a spot in the best-of-the-best Sweden tournament, billed for next month.“I started competing in powerlifting since 2016 with hard work, dedication and most of all, sacrifice. I’m not only one of the best in Guyana currently, I’m sharing a top-10 World Classic’s powerlifting rankings position with Brazilian David Coimbra … the highest rank a Guyanese ever achieved.”The fitness enthusiast is also a bodybuilder. Last July he won the bodybuilding heavyweight class at Seniors Bodybuilding Championship which was held at Park Rayne. He also competed in the Guyana Strong Man event last November and finished as runner-up to Julio Sinclair.last_img read more

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Ambode Hosts Over 125 Players from 47 Tennis Playing Nations

first_imgAHEAD OF LAGOS OPENFemi SolajaWith less than 10 days to the commencement of the annual tennis festival in Lagos, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwumnmi Ambode is set to play host to more than 125 players from core 47 tennis playing nations across the world. The Lagos Open Tennis Championships, according to the Tournament Director, Wale Oladunjoye will get underway from 29th of this month to13th October, 2018 at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan.Lagos Open Tennis, which is still under the auspices of the Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Open is going through a transition to enhance Lagos and make the tournament better.He explained last night that Lagos State Government is still a major supporter as the Lagos Open Tennis is an international competition being staged to celebrate the sitting Governor of Lagos State since the administration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to Mr. Babatunde Fashola and now the incumbent Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode.Thisday check in the breakdown as published by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) shows that 60 players have registered in the men’s event, while 65 players will compete in the women’s category. Players from notable 47 nations like USA, Brittan, Slovakia, Kenya, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, China, Cameroon, India, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Ecuador, Poland, Thailand, Egypt, Serbia, Mexico and a host of others have confirmed participation.This year’s International Tennis Federation (ITF) approved championship will see some regulars while majority of the players are debutants and are looking forward to have a feel of Lagos for the first time in their playing career.Former champion in the women event, Conny Perrin from Switzerland is staging a comeback. She is coming as the top seed with a high rank of 148 on the ATP Circuit. Perrin was a champion in the 2015, 2016 and 2017 editions.Also coming back to Lagos are Deniz Khazaniuk from Israel who is ranked 219, Valeriya Strakhova from Ukraine. She is ranked 290 and Nigerian-born Great Britain player, Tiffany Williams who is ranked 934. Williams played in the women’s doubles final in Futures 5 last year. Though she and her pairing partner, Tadeja Majeric lost, but she is coming this year with the ambition of making great impact,In the men’s event, the highest rank player, Tom Jomby from France, who won Futures 3 tournament in Abuja early this year, is coming to play in Lagos for the first time. The 27 years old player is ranked 422. Also coming are Lance-Pierre Du Toit from South Africa and Benin Republic’s Alexis Klegou.In the home front, the highest ranked Nigerian player this year is Joseph Umeh Ubon, who is on number 1577 followed by Christian Paul,1867 in the world.Others are Olisaemeka Okafor, Emmanuel Chinedu Dim, Henry Atseye, Mohammed Mohammed, Slyvester Emmanuel and Tochukwu Emmanuel Ezeh.Among the Nigerian women registered for the Lagos Open are Funke Akingbade, Osariem Airhumwunde, Aanu Aiyegbusi, Patience Onebamhon, Sarah Adegoke, Blessing Anuna and Loveth Donatus.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Akinwunmi Ambodelast_img read more

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Public hearing discusses oil drilling near campus

first_imgThe Los Angeles Office of Zoning Administration held a public hearing at City Hall Nov. 25 to consider the expansion of oil drilling being conducted by the Freeport-McMoRan Oil and Gas Company in the University Park neighborhood. Dozens of community members, activists and USC undergraduates who oppose the plan flooded City Hall, unamimously demanding an environmental impact report.Freeport-McMoRan plans to drill a new well and re-drill two existing wells in the West Adams area. The main oil drilling plant in South Los Angeles is located just a few blocks west of the University Park campus on Jefferson and Budlong Avenues. A significant number of USC undergraduates reside in that area but much of the student body is unaware of the drilling activities near campus.Though oil and drilling companies have owned the site since the 1960s, community concern only arose a few years ago. Earlier this year, hundreds of community members gathered at a South Los Angeles church to discuss their worries concerning the company’s well proposals. Residents are particularly concerned with the extraction procedures being conducted by Freeport-McMoRan, which has been accused of injecting toxic chemicals into the ground of a residential neighborhood. When the chemicals are injected deep into the ground, they dissolve large amounts of rock and shale, which allow for the oil to be extracted. Some of these chemicals include toxic hydrochloric acid and benzene.During the hearing, Freeport-McMoRan representatives assured associate zoning administrator Maya Zaitzevsky that the chemicals being used are present in many household products.“Those sound like really frightening names but they are routinely used in personal care products,” said L. Rae Connet, a representative of Freeport-McMoRan.The company representatives provided a list of household products that contain some of the same chemicals.The Environmental Student Assembly and the Environmental Affairs Organization at USC have played a leading role in rallying for the opposition. Dale Solomon, a member of the EAO, said the drilling activities were both a safety and an environmental concern. For these reasons, the community was demanding a full environmental impact report from Freeport-McMoRan.“The actions of Freeport-McMoRan say one thing only: Money above all,” Solomon said at the hearing. “Would you have your children attend the elementary school that’s two blocks away? Would you allow this in your community?”In an effort to spread awareness of these activities on USC’s campus, Solomon and the EAO will be conducting an open meeting this Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. at Von KleinSmid Center Room 256. EAO is gravely concerned with the possibly harmful health effects of the drilling and is looking to inform USC students who share similar concerns.Kaytee Canfield, a sophomore majoring in environmental studies, expressed her worries during an EAO meeting in November.“Some of the workers on the site handling the chemicals have been seen wearing hazmat suits,” she said. “They are drilling right next to and under homes. Should the residents be wearing hazmat suits?”During the Nov. 25 hearing, many West Adams residents complained about noise, odors and traffic resulting from the site on Budlong Avenue.A U.S. Army veteran that resides in the West Adams area explained to the zoning administrator that many of the same chemicals were used for drilling in Iraq. He went on to say, however, that the Army made sure that the facilities containing chemicals such as the hydrochloric acids were segregated from housing and mass gathering areas to protect U.S. soldiers and allied residents.“There is a reason why the FMOG employees wear so much [protective gear],” the veteran said. “We wouldn’t do this to our own soldiers, to our Afghan or Iraqi allies — we shouldn’t do it to our kids.”Other residents were also concerned about the noise.“There is currently noise from their routine operations that is deafening,” said Jennifer Blue, a resident who lives a mile away from the site, during the hearing.Blue said that the residents often hear the pipes being driven into the ground.During the hearing, Freeport-McMoRan representatives, who were all attorneys, touched on jurisdictional issues. They claimed that the zoning administration has jurisdiction over land use but there are several other agencies such as the city and county fire departments with much more technical expertise who have previously examined the site of the drilling.“In the last five years, the facility has been inspected by one or more of these technical agencies 17 times,” Connet said.Freeport argued that the community’s worries are understandable but often unfounded.“We are aware that there has been heightened community concern,” Connet said.Ivan Kumamoto, a member of the EAO and a junior majoring in business administration, argued during the hearing that Freeport-McMoRan should do more for the community.“If they claim to be so responsible to the community, the least they can do, the very minimal thing they can do is to provide a third-party environmental impact statement,” Kumamoto said.last_img read more

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Gunners waste chance to progress in Champions League.

first_imgLiverpool will likely need to win both their remaining matches after a 1-nil loss to Real Madrid.Tonight, Chelsea could claim a place in the last-16 with victory at Maribor.Manchester City are desperate for a win at home to CSKA Moscow. Arsenal had one foot in the Champions League last-16, but somehow managed to blow it.They led Anderlecht 3-nil in the second half of their group clash last night, only for it to end 3-3.With two games to play Arsene Wenger’s men must beat either Borussia Dortmund or Galatasaray to guarantee their place in the knock-out stages.last_img read more

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Eight Schools in Zenith/Delta Principals’ Cup Battle

first_imgThe final stages of the Delta State Principals Cup competition organized for all secondary schools in the state begin on Wednesday.This is the 4th edition of the youth developmental competition revived three years ago and four centres have been listed for the quarterfinal ties billed to take place simultaneously on Wednesday.At the Austin Jay Jay Okocha Stadium, Ogwashi-Uku, Aniocha South,Okpanam High School Okpanam, from Oshimili North will clash with Zappa Mixed Secondary School, Asaba, from Oshimili South while Springate International School, Umutu, from Ukwuani LG will take on Destiny Secondary School, Ughelli, from Ughelli North LG at the Kwale Township Stadium, Kwale, in Ndokwa West Local Government. In another fixture also slated for Wednesday, College of Commerce, from Warri South LG will tango with Alaka Grammar School, Ozoro, from Isoko North LG in an encounter slated for Ughelli Township Stadium, Ughelli.Also same day, Ogulagha Secondary School, Ogulagha, from Burutu LG will take on Okotie-Eboh Grammar School, from Sapele at the Hussey College Warri.All the matches will start at 2pm on Wednesday.Delta State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Chief Patrick Ukah, told newsmen in Asaba yesterday that all arrangements for the tournament would be at another level from Wednesday.Ukah said: “We assured that a true winner must emerge and so we have to involve top referees from this stage, the attires would change while screening continues to ensure only legitimate students are taking part.“As we move on, we up the standard in all areas till we get to the final of the event later this month.”The winners of the matches billed for Wednesday will qualify for the semis scheduled for November 13. The final of the tournament is scheduled to take place at the Stephen Keshi Stadium on November 21.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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BGC urges Chancellor to ‘take bold steps’ to support bookies

first_img StumbleUpon BGC lauds success of whistle to whistle ban August 21, 2020 UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 Share BGC calls for updates to ‘outdated’ payment regulations August 21, 2020 Related Articles Ahead of tomorrow’s Spring Statement, the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has urged the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak to ‘take bold steps to help retail the leisure industry, including bookies and casinos, and to tackle the online black-market’.BGC governance has called for a reform of business rates, which will include measures to allow more small businesses to take advantage of the small business retail relief.As well as business tax rates, the BGC has emphasised the need for a reform of casino taxation rates which is hoped will combat the online black market and protect wider industry interests.BGC Chief Executive Michael Dugher said: “An antiquated business rates regime does nothing to help struggling high streets hit by a drop in footfall. Bookies and casinos help attract people to our town centres but once they’re gone there are few if any retailers to step in to take their place.“We urge the Chancellor to take bold steps to help the high street with reform to business rates and casino taxation.“We welcomed the Government’s commitment to an Online Harms Bill as an opportunity to clamp down on the black market and the big platform search engines promoting these sites. Unlike rogue black-market operators, BGC members in the regulated sector adhere to the highest standards – including zero tolerance on under-18s betting.“We ask the Chancellor to press for change that will help boost Exchequer revenues and stop unlicensed operators from preying on vulnerable consumers.”The standards body has also requested that its larger members ‘substantially’ increase their contributions towards funding and support for research, education and treatment initiatives.Promoting gambling in a responsible way, providing fair treatment for customers and ensuring sports betting integrity were highlighted as the key commitments for the BGC, as it seeks to ensure ‘the highest standards in betting and gaming’. Submit Sharelast_img read more

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Clippers’ JaMychal Green turns down more lucrative offer to re-sign, per report

first_imgThe Clippers added to their depth at Tough Guy on Monday, agreeing to terms with 29-year-old forward JaMychal Green, according to reporting by the Athletic’s Shams Charania.Like Clippers guard Patrick Beverley, Green reportedly declined more money elsewhere to rejoin the Clippers, who’ve been tabbed by oddsmakers as the favorite to win next season’s NBA title after reportedly agreeing to a deal with superstar free agent Kawhi Leonard and a blockbuster trade with Oklahoma City for fellow superstar Paul George.Beverley said last week that he passed on an offer from the Sacramento Kings worth $10 million more than the Clippers’ three-year, $40 million deal. Monday morning, he cheered the news of Green’s new deal on Twitter: “Gang is back. Yea. Now let’s work.”“Run it back,” Green wrote on Instagram, captioning a photo of him going up strong for a dunk as a Clipper last season. Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Coach Doc Rivers mentioned several times last season that Green was even better than he’d expected, bringing added toughness to an already tenacious lineup and helping to spread the floor with his 3-point shooting.The 6-foot-9 Green will give the Clippers another versatile option to mix with Moe Harkless, Rodney McGruder and Terrance Mann in support of the superstar tandem of Leonard and George on the wing.With Green’s addition, the Clippers have 13 players accounted for on the roster, though they’ve officially announced only the acquisition of Harkless, who arrived as part of a four-team trade. That could be an indicator that the Clippers – whose front office silently and successfully pulled off the Leonard and George moves last week – aren’t yet done dealing.Green came to L.A. last February by way of a trade deadline deal that also brought Garrett Temple to L.A. in exchange for guard Avery Bradley, who Monday agreed to sign with the Lakers after he clears waivers.As the type of over-himself, into-the-team player coveted by the Clippers, Green said last season he quickly felt comfortable in L.A., where he was encouraged to follow his instincts and go get after it. “They just told me to play free, play my game, don’t even think about making mistakes, just play hard,” said Green, who also had a relationship with Clippers big man Montrezl Harrell prior to joining the team. “So that’s what I’m trying to do.“I don’t like the limelight,” he added. “I don’t like the attention. I’d rather just be myself and do my job.”In 24 regular-season appearances for the Clippers, Green averaged 8.7 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, shooting 48.2 percent from the field and 41.3 percent from 3-point range.In six playoff games, his production further increased: He averaged 11 points and shot 53.5 from the floor and 52.2 percent from beyond the arc against the Golden State Warriors.“Huge, huge,” Rivers said last spring in regard to Green’s playoff contributions. “Defensively and the early 3s, stretching the floor were huge for us. That’s why we put him in there. … So he’s been huge for us.”Green, who was undrafted out of Alabama, will be entering his sixth season in the league. For his career, he’s averaged 8.4 points on 48.3 percent shooting, to go with 6.1 rebounds per game. For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory center_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Related Articles What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Israel Adesanya still wants to fight defeated Darren Till

first_imgThe 27-year-old believes he showed he is at championship level and is keen to fight Whittaker again if he does not get the rematch with Adesanya next.”There are a few fights there. If Rob doesn’t get a title shot, I’d really enjoy going to New Zealand and fighting him again,” Till said.”It was a close fight against a former champion, but I’m up there. I’ve shown how clinically good I am at striking.” Whittaker was taken the distance by the Liverpudlian and earned scores of 48-47 by all three judges despite having to get off the mat in the final round. He won his first bout since dropping the title to Adesanya in October 2019.There is likely to be clamor for Whittaker (22-5-0) to earn another crack at Adesanya, who himself took to social media to state his desire to one day go up against Till.”I still wanna fight Till one day,” he posted on Twitter. “His striking is beautiful. Stay up Darren!”I still wanna fight Till one day.His striking is beautiful.Stay up Darren!— Israel Adesanya (@stylebender) July 26, 2020Till (18-3-1) has now lost three of his past four fights but his performance against Whittaker is unlikely to hurt his stock too much. Israel Adesanya is still keen to defend his UFC middleweight title against Darren Till, despite Till’s defeat to Robert Whittaker.Till put up a brave and determined performance against former champion Whittaker in the main event of the final card staged at UFC’s Fight Island.last_img read more

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Galliani: “Let’s save football with 22 teams in Serie A”

first_imgThe ex-president of Milan, Adriano Galliani, He explained how he would try to save Italian football from the crisis caused by the coronavirus, as stated Tuttosport: “Let’s save football with a Serie A of 22 teams.” His idea is for the competition to go from having 20 teams to 22, with the clubs at the top of the league table Series B.He also thinks that the first four should be the ones designated to contest the Champions League in the event that the competition is permanently canceled: “The competition is from the Federal Council, but in case of a definitive blockade it would send the first 4 in the Champions League”In any case, he believes that the current campaign should try to end to avoid greater evils once the pandemic is under control: “The season must be completed, obviously for sure, otherwise the whole system is at risk of collapse.” On the other hand, he explained that he fears for the development of the lower categories, since although they do not generate benefits, they fulfill a fundamental social task: “There is no income in Series D, and almost no in Series C. Series C loses 120 million a year, which are set by 60 entrepreneurs with an average of two million euros each. I am afraid. The economic crisis that will hit our country hard and prevent these 60 gentlemen from putting money in next year as well. But Series C and Series D carry out a social task taking children off the streets and some system must be found to ensure that they are I recognize this task. “Finally, Galliani explained that before resuming the competition, it will be necessary for the virus to be controlled and then study how it will affect each club financially: “For Series A and B, it will be necessary to understand what will be the behavior of the public, the sponsors and the televisions. That said, the moment of recovery is marked by the virus, instead of guessing when it will start again or when it will end, it is necessary evaluate which solution will do less damage to football. “last_img read more

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