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Sunday, August 13, 2017

After criticism, White House says Trump condemns KKK, neo-Nazis

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump included the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazi groups in condemning violence after a white nationalist rally, the White House said on Sunday, the day after he was criticized on the left and right for not explicitly condemning white supremacists. U.S. authorities are investigating the outbreak of violence, which has put new pressure on the Trump administration to take an unequivocal stand against that segment of his political base. Some rightists have claimed allegiance to Trump, a Republican. A 32-year-old woman was killed and 19 injured, five critically, on Saturday when a man plowed a car into a crowd of people objecting to the white nationalist rally in the Southern college town of Charlottesville. About 15 people were injured after rival groups fought pitched battles using fists, rocks and pepper spray in the streets. Trump was criticized by Republicans and Democrats for waiting too long to address the violence and when he did so, failing to explicitly condemn the white-supremacist marchers who ignited the melee. On Sunday, however, the White House said in a statement that Trump's message on Saturday "condemns all forms of violence, bigotry, and hatred, and of course that includes white supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazi, and all extremist groups. He called for national unity and bringing all Americans together." Trump, speaking at his golf resort in New Jersey on Saturday, had said that "many sides" were involved in Charlottesville. He made no reply to a reporter's shouted question whether he had spoken out strongly enough against white nationalists. "We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides," he said. Related Coverage Victim in Virginia melee wept for social justice, her boss says 'WHITE NATIONALIST, WHITE SUPREMACIST' Virginia police have not yet provided a motive for a man who rammed a car into the crowd, but U.S. prosecutors and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have opened a civil rights investigation, an FBI field office said. Four people have been arrested, including James Fields, a 20-year-old white man from Ohio who is being held in jail on suspicion of crashing the car. Federal authorities were also looking into a helicopter crash on Saturday that killed two Virginia state policemen aiding efforts to quell the clashes. Two people stop to comfort Joseph Culver (C) of Charlottesville as he kneels at a late night vigil to pay his respect for a friend injured in a car attack on counter protesters after the "Unite the Right" rally organized by white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S., August 12, 2017. Jim Bourg On Sunday morning, before the White House statement, Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter and White House adviser, appealed on Twitter for Americans to "be one country UNITED. #Charlottesville." She also posted: "There should be no place in society for racism, white supremacy and neo-nazis." Also before the statement, U.S. Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado, who chairs the Republican Party's Senate election effort, called on the president to condemn "white supremacists" and to use the term. He was one of several Republican senators who squarely criticized Trump on Twitter on Saturday. "Calling out people for their acts of evil - let's do it today - white nationalist, white supremacist," Gardner said on CNN's "State of the Union" program on Sunday. "We will not stand for their hate." Slideshow (16 Images) An organizer of Saturday's "Unite the Right" rally, which was staged to protest the planned removal of Confederate war hero Robert E. Lee's statue from a park, said supporters of the event would not back down. "Absolutely we are going to have further demonstrations in Charlottesville because our constitutional rights are being denied," said Jason Kessler, whom civil rights groups identified as a white nationalist blogger. He did not specify when. SOLIDARITY WITH CHARLOTTESVILLE Across the United States, events were planned on Sunday to "stand in solidarity with Charlottesville ... honor all those under attack by congregating against hate" a loose coalition of civil society groups said in postings on social media. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, declared an emergency and halted Saturday's planned rally, but that did not stop the violence. "There is no place for you here," McAuliffe said, addressing white supremacists. "There is no place for you in America." The rally stemmed from a long debate in the U.S. South over the Confederate battle flag and other symbols of the rebel side in the Civil War, which was fought over slavery. The Charlottesville violence is the latest clash between far-rightists and the president's opponents. At his January inauguration, black-clad anti-Trump protesters in Washington smashed windows, torched cars and clashed with police, leading to more than 200 arrests. Additional reporting by Jeff Mason, Yasmeen Abutaleb and Lucia Mutikani in Washington, James Oliphant in New Jersey and Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles, Jon Herskovitz in Austin, Texas; Writing by Chris Michaud and Grant McCool; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn and Mary Milliken #U.S.August 12, 2017 / 3:03 PM / 19 hours ago At least one dead as white nationalists ignite Virginia clashes Brandon Shulleeta 7 Min Read CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (Reuters) - A gathering of hundreds of white nationalists in Virginia took a deadly turn on Saturday when a car plowed into a group of counter-protesters and killed at least one person in a flare up of violence that challenged U.S. President Donald Trump. The state's governor blamed neo-Nazis for sparking the unrest in the college town of Charlottesville, where rival groups fought pitched battles using rocks and pepper spray after far-right protesters converged to demonstrate against a plan to remove a statue to a Confederate war hero. A car slammed into a crowd of people, killing a 32-year-old woman, police said. Video on social media and Reuters photographs showed the car hit a large group of counter-protesters, sending some flying into the air. Federal authorities opened a civil rights investigation into the death. Two Virginia policeman died in a helicopter crash nearby after assisting efforts to quell the clashes. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, declared an emergency and halted a white nationalist rally, while President Donald Trump condemned the violence. "I have a message to all the white supremacists and the Nazis who came into Charlottesville today. Our message is plain and simple: go home," McAuliffe told a news conference. "You are not wanted in this great commonwealth. Shame on you." As midnight approached, the streets of Charlottesville had gone quiet. The clashes highlight how the white supremacist movement has resurfaced under the "alt-right" banner after years in the shadows of mainstream American politics. Trump said "many sides" were involved, drawing fire from across the political spectrum for not specifically denouncing the far right. The violence presented Trump with perhaps the first domestic crisis of his young administration. "We’re closely following the terrible events unfolding in Charlottesville, Virginia," Trump told reporters at his New Jersey golf course. Related Coverage Charlottesville violence tests Trump's presidential mettle Two Virginia policemen killed in helicopter crash linked to clashes Trump says hatred in nation must stop in wake of violent protests "We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides." Trump made no reply to a reporter's shouted question whether he had spoken out strongly enough against white nationalists. Police held a man from Ohio on charges relating to the car incident, including second-degree murder, said Martin Kumer, Albemarle Charlottesville's regional jail superintendent. The suspect was James Alex Fields, Jr., a 20-year-old white man from Ohio, Kumer said. It was not clear why he was in Charlottesville, home to the University of Virginia's flagship campus. After hours of clashes, a silver sedan driving at high speed plowed into the crowd before reversing along the same street. The incident took place about two blocks from the park displaying the statue of Robert E. Lee, who headed the Confederate army in the American Civil War. Five people suffered critical injuries and four had serious injuries from the car strike, officials said. A civil rights investigation has been opened into the crash death, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia and the FBI's Richmond field office said late on Saturday. First responders stand by a car that was struck when a car drove through a group of counter protesters at the "Unite the Right" rally Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S., August 12, 2017. Justin Ide "The FBI will collect all available facts and evidence," they said in a joint statement. Attorney General Jeff Sessions also condemned the violence in Charlottesville, vowing "the full support of the Department of Justice" for the U.S. Attorney's office in a statement. Three more men were arrested, Virginia State Police said late on Saturday night. Two 21-year-olds from Tennessee and Virginia were charged, one with disorderly conduct and the other with assault and battery, while a 44-year-old Florida man was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon. 'DOMESTIC TERRORISM?' Prominent Democrats, civil rights activists and some Republicans said it was inexcusable of the president not to denounce white supremacy. "Mr. President - we must call evil by its name," Republican U.S. Senator Cory Gardner wrote on social network Twitter. Slideshow (33 Images) "These were white supremacists and this was domestic," said Gardner, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the group charged with helping to get Republicans elected to the Senate. Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, said in a tweet directed at the president: "Repeat after me, @realDonaldTrump: white supremacy is an affront to American values." Fighting broke out on Saturday in the city's downtown, when hundreds of people, some wearing white nationalist symbols and carrying Confederate battle flags, were confronted by a nearly equal number of counter-protesters. The Charlottesville City Council voted unanimously to allow the police chief to declare a curfew. No action on the move has been taken as midnight approached, Mayor Mike Signer said on his Facebook page. The confrontation was a stark reminder of the growing political polarization since Trump's election last year. "You will not erase us," chanted a crowd of white nationalists, while counter-protesters carried placards that read: "Nazi go home" and "Smash white supremacy." Scott Stroney, 50, a catering sales director at the University of Virginia who arrived at the scene of the car incident just after the crash, said he was horrified. "I started to cry. I couldn't talk for a while," he said. "It was just hard to watch, hard to see. It's heartbreaking." The violence began on Friday night, when hundreds of white marchers with blazing torches appeared at the campus in a display that critics called reminiscent of a Ku Klux Klan rally. David Duke, a former leader of the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan, was in Charlottesville for the rally, according to his Twitter account. The rally was part of a long debate in the U.S. South over the Confederate battle flag and other symbols of the rebel side in the Civil War, which was fought over the issue of slavery. The violence is the latest clash between far-rightists, some of whom have claimed allegiance to Trump, and the president's opponents since his January inauguration, when black-clad anti-Trump protesters in Washington smashed windows, torched cars and clashed with police, leading to more than 200 arrests. About two dozen people were arrested in Charlottesville in July when the Ku Klux Klan rallied against the plan to remove the Lee statue. Torch-wielding white nationalists also demonstrated against the decision in May. Additional reporting by Ian Simpson, Jeff Mason and Yasmeen Abutaleb in Washington, James Oliphant in New Jersey, Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles, Chris Michaud in New York.; Writing by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Frank McGurty and Clarence Fernandez #U.S.August 13, 2017 / 3:18 AM / a day ago Trump condemns 'hate' after protest violence in Virginia 1 Min Read WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Saturday condemned violence that erupted between white nationalists and counter-demonstrators on Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia. Slideshow (2 Images) "We must ALL be united & condemn all that hate stands for," Trump wrote in a Twitter message. "There is no place for this kind of violence in America." Officials had approved the protest march in downtown Charlottesville but canceled the event and declared a state of emergency after outbreaks of violence.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Science Behind the Search for MH370

On 8 March 2014 a Boeing 777 operating Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared en-route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Radar showed that the aircraft turned around, flew back over Malaysia and then south beyond radar range. After that the main clues to MH370’s route were “handshake” signals every hour between a satellite ground station and aircraft systems. The Science Behind the Search for MH370 On 8 March 2014 a Boeing 777 operating Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared en-route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Radar showed that the aircraft turned around, flew back over Malaysia and then south beyond radar range. After that the main clues to MH370’s route were “handshake” signals every hour between a satellite ground station and aircraft systems. A final “handshake” is consistent with fuel exhaustion and an initial air and sea search found nothing. The ATSB was given charge of a sea-bed search using high-tech equipment with the search area covering more than 120,000 sq. km., in difficult conditions and thousands of kilometres from port. Despite intensive efforts, no trace of MH370 was found and the search was suspended on 17 January 2017. Hear the details of the ground breaking science that was involved and was progressively evolved during the search and the ongoing analysis with refinements to drift modelling and signals analysis." About the speakers Peter Foley is responsible for all of ATSB’s search activities for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. He joined the ATSB in 1999 after a career at sea as a marine engineer. Since then he has held a number of roles most recently as General Manager Surface Safety Investigations; responsible for marine and rail safety investigations, ATSB’s work on the reforms to the National Transport Regulatory framework, and ATSB’s international programs. Mr Foley holds professional qualifications in marine engineering and transport safety investigation, degrees in both marine and mechanical engineering and a Graduate Diploma in Business Management. Alex Talberg was a member of the Search Strategy Working Group that examined all the available information from the MH370 flight to determine the most likely location of the aircraft. Alex joined the ATSB in 2006 as an engineering graduate. He has worked as a technical investigator at the ATSB since then, specialising in the recovery and analysis of electronic data from damaged electronic devices.

Monday, June 26, 2017

In Pakistan, clean fuel firm struggles despite energy shortages

Reuters | Edition: United States TOP NEWS BUSINESS MARKETS WORLD POLITICS TECHNOLOGY COMMENTARY BREAKINGVIEWS MONEY LIFE PICTURES VIDEO X LIVE UPDATES: Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party reaches agreement with UK Conservatives to form governmentVIEW MORE ENVIRONMENT Thu Mar 30, 2017 | 7:07 PM EDT In Pakistan, clean fuel firm struggles despite energy shortages ‹ A worker monitors linen being processed at the Kohinoor textile plant in Rawalpindi, Pakistan March 14, 2017. REUTERS/Caren Firouz 9/9 A worker monitors linen being processed at the Kohinoor textile plant in Rawalpindi, Pakistan March 14, 2017. REUTERS/CAREN FIROUZ A worker drains water from a gas filter at the Egas processing plant in Gujar Khan, Pakistan March 10, 2017. REUTERS/Caren Firouz 1/ A worker drains water from a gas filter at the Egas processing plant in Gujar Khan, Pakistan March 10, 2017. REUTERS/CAREN FIROUZ A worker pushes old shoes into the kiln of a brick factory in Islamabad, Pakistan March 9, 2017. REUTERS/Caren Firouz 2/9 A worker pushes old shoes into the kiln of a brick factory in Islamabad, Pakistan March 9, 2017. REUTERS/CAREN FIROUZ A worker carries shoes to be burned in the kiln of a brick factory in Islamabad, Pakistan March 9, 2017. REUTERS/Caren Firouz 3/9 A worker carries shoes to be burned in the kiln of a brick factory in Islamabad, Pakistan March 9, 2017. REUTERS/CAREN FIROUZ Workers lay a pipe to carry waste gas from an oil well to the Egas processing plant in Gujar Khan, Pakistan March 10, 2017. REUTERS/Caren Firouz 4/9 Workers lay a pipe to carry waste gas from an oil well to the Egas processing plant in Gujar Khan, Pakistan March 10, 2017. REUTERS/CAREN FIROUZ A worker checks the tank levels at the Murree brewery in Rawalpindi, Pakistan March 13, 2017. REUTERS/Caren Firouz 5/9 A worker checks the tank levels at the Murree brewery in Rawalpindi, Pakistan March 13, 2017. REUTERS/CAREN FIROUZ A worker monitors linen being processed at the Kohinoor textile plant in Rawalpindi, Pakistan March 14, 2017. REUTERS/Caren Firouz 6/9 A worker monitors linen being processed at the Kohinoor textile plant in Rawalpindi, Pakistan March 14, 2017. REUTERS/CAREN FIROUZ A worker monitors empty bottles on the bottling line at the Murree brewery in Rawalpindi, Pakistan March 13, 2017. REUTERS/Caren Firouz 7/9 A worker monitors empty bottles on the bottling line at the Murree brewery in Rawalpindi, Pakistan March 13, 2017. REUTERS/CAREN FIROUZ Bottles are filled with a lemon malt soft drink on the bottling line at the Murree brewery in Rawalpindi, Pakistan March 13, 2017. REUTERS/Caren Firouz 8/9 Bottles are filled with a lemon malt soft drink on the bottling line at the Murree brewery in Rawalpindi, Pakistan March 13, 2017. REUTERS/CAREN FIROUZ A worker monitors linen being processed at the Kohinoor textile plant in Rawalpindi, Pakistan March 14, 2017. REUTERS/Caren Firouz 9/9 A worker monitors linen being processed at the Kohinoor textile plant in Rawalpindi, Pakistan March 14, 2017. REUTERS/CAREN FIROUZ A worker drains water from a gas filter at the Egas processing plant in Gujar Khan, Pakistan March 10, 2017. REUTERS/Caren Firouz 1/9 A worker drains water from a gas filter at the Egas processing plant in Gujar Khan, Pakistan March 10, 2017. REUTERS/CAREN FIROUZ › X By Mehreen Zahra-Malik | CHAKWAL, PAKISTAN Hassan Raza says his clean fuel company, which captures natural gas "flared" at Pakistan's oil fields and sells it to industrial customers, is struggling to expand despite energy shortages and concerns over the country's poor pollution record. EGas Pvt. Ltd. has a number of high-profile clients, some of whom turned to the small firm during the worst shortages in 2010 and 2011, but Raza says the government should be doing more to encourage environmentally friendly technology. "A high cost penalty on emitted carbon is the only way this type of business can grow; otherwise what incentive would companies have to stop flaring?" Raza told Reuters at the EGas compression plant in Pakistan's central Chakwal district. "You penalize them and they will be forced to clean up their act. And that's where we come in." A spokesman at the Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency said flaring occurred, but that measures were being taken to control it. "We are in touch with all stakeholders and are seeking their compliance as per international standards," he said. Chronic power shortages severely dented Pakistan's economy earlier in the decade, and industry turned to burning wood, rubber, and even used shoes to keep its furnaces, boilers and generators running. ADVERTISEMENT Those pressures have eased considerably, with rising volumes of imported liquefied natural gas (LNG) and heavy investment in pipelines and port terminals. There are plans to have five LNG terminals operational by the start of 2019. Compared to state-led investment in LNG, Raza operates at the margins, but sees potential for growth in a country that generates only two-thirds of its energy needs. Despite being around for seven years, and employing about 100 people, EGas only captures 3 million cubic feet per day (MMcfd) of the estimated 150 MMcfd of gas that Pakistan flares, or burns, daily. "I'm only utilizing a tiny portion of the gas that is being wasted around the country," Raza said. Expansion is not cheap. EGas started out with one truck in 2010 and now has 25, each fitted with a network of cylinders inside to store and transport highly pressurized gas. The largest of the trucks costs $1 million apiece. The company has also had to lay down an expensive network of pipelines that take the captured gas from the oil wells to the company's hydration and compression plants. While Raza wants more support from Pakistan, some of his clients turned to the company because of concern about pressure from foreign regulators and businesses. ALSO IN ENVIRONMENT Firefighters battle flames near Spanish lynx wildlife reserve Ten percent of fish caught in oceans get dumped: study Kohinoor Textile Mills, one of Pakistan's largest exporters which sells bed linen to major foreign brands, chose EGas in 2011 partly because of its green credentials. To keep its plants running during the height of energy shortages, it was burning huge piles of wood and coal each day. "Foreign regulators and clients come and if you are burning away rubber and diesel and wood, it doesn't look good to them," said Usman Zafar, Kohinoor's general manager for processing. "Harming the environment is almost as big a no-no now as child labor. So we had to find new ways to keep running." Another major client is Murree Brewery that started sourcing gas from EGas in 2015. 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Friday, June 23, 2017

New app: Uber, but for an Uber CEO

Wed Jun 21, 2017 | 4:28 PM EDT Travis Kalanick, co-founder and CEO of Uber Technologies Inc. speaks at the Wall Street Journal Digital Live ( WSJDLive ) conference at the Montage hotel in Laguna Beach, California October 20, 2015. Reuters/Mike Blake New app: Uber, but for an Uber CEO By Richard Beales | NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick has quit as chief executive under a cloud of business and cultural troubles, including harassment allegations. These threaten the ride-hailing service's eye-popping, and currently unwarranted, valuation of $68 billion. In addition to the shortage of senior managers after departures in recent months, he leaves a void right at the top. Using the company's own how-to guide as a template, Breakingviews imagines an Uber-like app that helps fill it.  How to request a CEO: 1. Enter your requirements in the "Who on Earth?" box. Alternatively, if a strong record on scaling startups, taking firms public, tackling cultural and diversity problems and turning money-losing businesses around seems too much to ask of one person, simply tap a shortcut icon at the bottom of your screen, which will connect with your executive search firm. 2. Your default starting point is set to "Desperate." If you are hoping for a different perception, your board and remaining managers will need to work hard to implement recent recommendations on changing the boys'-club culture – even while your request is still pending. 3. Use the slider at the bottom of your screen to toggle between available CEO options. For example: UberXX would limit the search to women, perhaps including ex-Yahoo boss Marissa Mayer, Uber board member Arianna Huffington, Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman or even Facebook operating chief Sheryl Sandberg; and UberCAR would seek automotive specialists like former Ford Motor bosses Alan Mulally and Mark Fields, leaders who could push forward the autonomous-driving part of your business. UberPOOL, meanwhile, would alert other Uber board members who already have day jobs, unemployed tech executives such as Nikesh Arora, formerly of Google and SoftBank, or people like Jack Dorsey, who is already running Twitter and Square but may have further capacity. 4. Tap "Request." You may be asked to confirm (a) that you're serious about changing the corporate culture and (b) that your investors have accepted that your current valuation is far lower than assumed in the past. 5. Wait for a CEO candidate to accept your request, if any are brave enough to take the role with Kalanick, who sits on the board and controls the company, riding shotgun. 6. When your request has been accepted you'll see your CEO's résumé and estimated time of arrival. Given the circumstances, that this may come with surge pricing. 7. Your app will notify you when your CEO is close to accepting the job. Failure to confirm the request quickly could result in a damaging delay. 8. Keep in mind this app can be used to replace board members, as well Also In Breakingviews Brexit one year on: an alternative history Viewsroom: Helping Uber hail a new CEO

Friday, June 16, 2017

disclosure shows $594m income in 2016-17

afr NEWS Donald Trump's 98 page financial disclosure shows $594m income in 2016-17 facebook email twitter June 17 2017 - 12:19PM President Donald Trump had personal liabilities of at least $US315.6 million ($415.5 million) to German, US and other lenders as of mid-2017, according to a federal financial disclosure form released late on Friday by the US Office of Government Ethics. He had roughly $US20 million in income from his new marquee Washington hotel, which opened just down the street from the White House last September. Revenues also increased at Mar-a-Lago, the Florida resort known as the "Winter White House." Donald Trump has released his financial disclosure statement which shows personal liabilities of at least $US315.6 million. Donald Trump has released his financial disclosure statement which shows personal liabilities of at least $US315.6 million. Photo: AP Trump reported income of at least $US594 million for 2016 and early 2017 and assets worth at least $US1.4 billion. The 98-page disclosure document posted on the ethics office's website showed liabilities for Trump of at least $US130 million to Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, a unit of German-based Deutsche Bank. Donald Trump earned roughly $US20 million in income from his new marquee Washington hotel which opened during the ... Donald Trump earned roughly $US20 million in income from his new marquee Washington hotel which opened during the election campaign in September 2016. Photo: Beth J. Harpaz For example, Trump disclosed a liability to Deutsche exceeding $US50 million for the Old Post Office, a historic Washington property where he has opened a hotel. Trump reported liabilities of at least $US110 million to Ladder Capital, a commercial real estate lender with offices in New York, Los Angeles and Boca Raton, Florida. The largest component of Trump's income was $US115.9 million listed as golf-resort related revenues from Trump National Doral in Miami, down from $US132 million he reported a year ago. Income from many of his other hotels and resorts largely held steady. Revenue from Trump Corporation, his real-estate management company, nearly tripled, to $US18 million, and revenue from Mar-a-Lago grew by 25 per cent, to $US37.25 million. The private club doubled its initiation fee to US$200,000 after Trump's election. Revenue from Mar-a-Lago grew by 25 per cent, to $US37.25 million. The private club doubled its initiation fee to ... Revenue from Mar-a-Lago grew by 25 per cent, to $US37.25 million. The private club doubled its initiation fee to US$200,000 after Trump's election. Photo: Alex Brandon He earned $US11 million from the Miss Universe pageant, after selling the beauty contest back in 2015. Revenue from television shows like "The Apprentice" fell to $US1.1 million, down from $US6 million a year earlier. His assets probably exceeded $US1.4 billion because the disclosure form provided ranges of values. The document showed Trump held officer positions in 565 corporations or other entities before becoming US president. His tenure in most of those posts ended on January 19, the day before his inauguration, and in others in 2015 and 2016. Most of the entities involved were based in the United States, with a handful in Scotland, Ireland, Canada, Brazil, Bermuda and elsewhere. Trump has refused to release his tax returns, which would give a much clearer indication of his wealth and business interests. But he has submitted federal forms disclosing his and his family's income, assets and liabilities. "President Trump welcomed the opportunity to voluntarily file his personal financial disclosure form," the White House said in a statement, adding that the form was "certified by the Office of Government Ethics pursuant to its normal procedures." An Office of Government Ethics spokesman declined to comment on the contents of the report, other than to say it was certified by the office, which is an ethics watchdog for federal government employees. Trump released a disclosure form in May 2016 that his campaign at the time said showed his net worth was $US10 billion. Some critics disputed that figure as overblown.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Rape Victim Sues Uber, Says Execs Portrayed Her as a Liar

NEWS JUN 15 2017, 6:53 PM ET Rape Victim Sues Uber, Says Execs Portrayed Her as a Liar BY ASSOCIATED PRESS advertisement DETROIT — A woman who was raped by an Uber driver in India is suing the company for a second time, alleging that Uber executives got her private medical records and made false statements claiming she fabricated the attack. The lawsuit filed Thursday in a California federal court seeks unspecified damages on behalf of the woman, who is identified only as Jane Doe. Related: Uber Board Member Who Made Sexist Comment During All-Hands Meeting Resigns The allegations compound a long string of image problems for the ride-hailing company, whose CEO took a leave of absence earlier this week after an investigation found a dysfunctional culture that allowed sexual harassment. Twenty employees have been fired, and this week a board member was forced to step down after making a sexist remark at an employee meeting. Uber's Scandal-Plagued 2017, Explained The new lawsuit says Uber executives falsely portrayed the woman as a liar who made up the 2014 rape in collusion with a competing service seeking to undermine Uber's business. But the driver was convicted of rape and sentenced to life in prison. The first lawsuit was settled in 2015, before the allegations regarding the woman's medical records surfaced last week. San Francisco-based Uber issued a statement Thursday that didn't deny the allegations. "No one should have to go through a horrific experience like this, and we're truly sorry that she's had to relive it over the last few weeks," the company said. Related: Uber’s Embattled CEO Travis Kalanick Is Taking Indeterminate Leave The new lawsuit alleges that shortly after the rape, Eric Alexander, then Uber's vice president for business in Asia, got the woman's medical records after a meeting with police in New Delhi. Alexander showed them to Emil Michael, then vice president of business, and CEO Travis Kalanick "so that he (Alexander) could attempt to defame and undermine her very serious allegations of sexual assault and rape," the lawsuit says. Alexander was dismissed from Uber this month after media reports about the medical records, the lawsuit said. Michael left Uber on Monday. Kalanick, who has said he must grow up and needs management help, has taken an indefinite leave. His mother was killed and father was hurt in a May boating accident. advertisement Related: Uber’s Board Accepts Holder Recommendations, Discusses CEO’s Future The lawsuit alleges that Kalanick stated publicly after the rape that Uber would support the woman and her family, then put out false conspiracy theories about the woman. "Rape denial is just another form of the toxic gender discrimination that is endemic at Uber and ingrained in its culture," said Douglas Wigdor, a New York attorney who represents the woman. At the time of the rape, the woman lived in New Delhi, but now she lives in Texas, according to the lawsuit. View Full Experience

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Trump under investigation for possible obstruction of justice: Washington Post

Wed Jun 14, 2017 | 7:25 PM EDT FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump arrives at Newark International airport in Newark, NJ U.S., to spend a weekend at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminister, New Jersey, June 9, 2017. Reuters/Yuri Gripas Trump under investigation for possible obstruction... X U.S. President Donald Trump is being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller for possible obstruction of justice, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday, citing unidentified officials. Mueller is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. Former FBI Director James Comey told Congress last week he believes he was fired by Trump to undermine the agency's Russia probe. The Washington Post, citing five people briefed on the requests who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, Mike Rogers, the head of the National Security Agency, and Richard Ledgett, the former deputy director at the NSA, had agreed to be interviewed by Mueller's investigators as early as this week. The obstruction of justice investigation into Trump began days after Comey was fired on May 9, according to people familiar with the matter, the Washington Post said. ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Scroll to continue with content Trump's legal team quickly denounced the report on Wednesday. "The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal," a spokesman for Trump’s legal team, Mark Corallo, said. A spokesman for Mueller's team declined to comment. Several legal experts told Reuters that Comey's testimony last week that Trump expected loyalty and told Comey he hoped he could drop an investigation of a former top aide could bolster obstruction of justice allegations against Trump. Also In Big Story 12 Fed raises rates, unveils balance sheet cuts in sign of confidence Global stocks pressured by report on Trump probe, Fed hike, soft U.S. data Comey would not say in his testimony last week whether he thought the president sought to obstruct justice, but added it would be up to special counsel Mueller "to sort that out." After Comey's testimony, Trump said he had been vindicated because his former FBI director confirmed telling Trump on three occasions that he was not under investigation. While a sitting president is unlikely to face criminal prosecution, obstruction of justice could form the basis for impeachment. Any such step would face a steep hurdle as it would require approval by the U.S. House of Representatives, which is controlled by Trump's fellow Republicans. (Additional reporting by Steve Holland Nathan Layne; Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Howard Goller)