HALIFAX – Jean Chretien has ignored a letter from Nova Scotia’s lobbyist registrar asking if he lobbied the premier about a port proposal during a recent closed-door session that drew a citizen complaint.The registrar of lobbyists, Hayley Clarke, asked the former prime minister about a March 21 meeting in Halifax with Premier Stephen McNeil and Transport Minister Geoff MacLellan.Chretien is an international adviser to Sydney Harbour Investment Partners, which has been seeking investor support for the Cape Breton container port project. Chretien is not a registered lobbyist in Nova Scotia, and both McNeil and MacLellan denied he lobbied them or discussed the port project.Following a complaint from a retired union activist, Clarke sent Chretien a letter providing information about the province’s lobbying act, and asked for a response by the end of April.“We ask they (Chretien) review their activities to ensure compliance and provide a response advising as to the results of their review within 30 days,” says a March 29 letter to the complainant, John McCracken.No response came, Clarke’s spokesperson told The Canadian Press.“There has been no response to the Nova Scotia’s Registrar of Lobbyists inquiry of the Hon. Jean Chretien following a complaint received from a member of the public,” Marla MacInnis said.The Canadian Press sent written requests to Chretien and to an associate who often arranges media interviews but received no response.Duff Conacher, the co-founder of Democracy Watch, said Chretien needs to clear up the issue before he resumes conversations with politicians in the province.“He should be showing and documenting that he has not crossed the line that the law establishes that requires registration. If he’s not going to show the registrar, then the police should give him a call,” said Conacher.McCracken said Chretien’s lack of response demonstrates that Nova Scotia’s lobbying law is “toothless.”He said his only option now would be to take his complaint about Chretien to the police, a move that he’s contemplating.“It confirms everything I predicted at the time when I got my response from the registrar, which was that they (the registrar) were going to contact him and he (Chretien) was going to laugh in their face,” he said in an interview.The day before the meeting, Chretien had attended a conference in Sydney and told reporters about his role as an international adviser to Sydney Harbour Investment Partners.When a Cape Breton Post reporter asked Chretien how he’d market the Sydney container port to the premier, the former prime minister said he felt the premier would be in favour of a provincewide approach to container ports.“He (McNeil) said, ‘He’s for the development and he wants development in Nova Scotia,’ and he’s the premier of all Nova Scotia. And there always competition between one city and another. But all the cities in Nova Scotia are in Nova Scotia, but he is the premier of Nova Scotia.”The provincial Liberal government has been cautious about the Sydney proposal, as a 2016 study prepared for the province and the federal Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency recommended against public money for a terminal that would compete against the Halifax port.As the interview continued, Chretien was asked if the province should invest money in the container port proposal, and he replied: “I hope so.”When asked about another project along the Strait of Canso trying to develop a port, Chretien replied, “So what? I’m working for Sydney. I’m not working for them.”Clarke has previously made clear there was little she could do to probe what had occurred.“The role of the Registrar of Lobbyists is to administer the Registry of Lobbyists. The Registrar is not an enforcement agent,” MacInnis confirmed in an email to The Canadian Press.A number of other provincial jurisdictions, including Ontario, and the federal commissioner of lobbying can probe citizen complaints and recommend police investigations.Conacher said in an interview that he’d encourage McCracken to bring the media reports regarding Chretien’s actions to the attention of police.“He can say ‘There’s this story, and there’s this law, can you please check into what the (former) prime minister’s been doing,’” he said.Conacher said in most jurisdictions, commissioners do an investigation and bring the matter to police if it’s considered a crime was potentially committed. He said Nova Scotia should set up a similar system.“They often do the front-line investigation that police don’t have time to do,” he said.Nova Scotia legislation provides for a fine of not more than $25,000 for anyone who lobbies without registering first.McCracken said he would have been content had Chretien registered as a lobbyist after his complaint, and agreed to follow the rules of lobbyists going forward.These include requirements such as documenting if he has lobbied provincial politicians or government agencies on behalf of his client.Nova Scotia’s lobbyist registration law says lobbying includes communicating with a public servant “in an attempt to influence” the awarding of a contribution on behalf of government.One of the definitions of a lobbyist under the Nova Scotia law is “an individual paid to lobby on behalf of a client.”A person who does this is required to disclose their name, address and the name of the company they’re lobbying on behalf of, and the “subject matter” of their lobbying and who they’ve contacted.
RIDE Foundation (Robyn & Italo Dance Events), formed by Pro-Am ballroom dance partners, Robyn Shreiber and Italo Elgueta, has announced that its 2nd annual gala event, DANCE FOR FREEDOM, will benefit two of Los Angeles’ leading organizations who are dedicated to fighting human trafficking – CAST (Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking), and Journey Out.RIDE was established in 2016 to create one-of-a-kind dance events for difference-making charities, encompassing humane and ecological causes and featuring the talents of compassionate stars of the dance world. Dance For Freedom will be held at 6PM, at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, with a program featuring top dance and vocal performances produced by Tony Award-winning producer Scott Mauro.“We are thrilled to have both CAST and Journey Out as the beneficiaries of our 2nd annual gala event,” say Robyn and Italo in a joint statement. “CAST CEO Kay Buck, and Journey Out Executive Director Dr. Stephany Powell, are two incredible women whose tireless work and unwavering advocacy has saved the lives of many women, children and men. We both had learned so much from Kay and Stephany about this horrendous crime, and had the opportunity to experience the work that both organizations do to fight human trafficking. We are truly honored to honor them with the RIDE Champion Award,” they add.“Survivors of human trafficking are some of the most resilient individuals I have ever met- resilience that is strengthened by healing arts programs. Trafficked from over 59 countries to Los Angeles, CAST uses dance and music therapy modalities to bring healing and rehabilitation to survivors, and helps them build a community among each other. Dance is one of the unique languages that everyone can speak at our shelter, and demonstrates the extraordinary power of dance to support survivors in their journeys to heal and rebuild their lives, ” says Kay Buck. “There is so much more critical work that must be done to stop human trafficking, and help those who have been victimized. We are incredibly grateful to Robyn, Italo and everyone at the RIDE Foundation for choosing CAST as a beneficiary of Dance for Freedom,” she adds.“Journey Out provides girls and women the critical tools and support necessary to help them break free from commercial sexual exploitation and to rebuild their lives,” says Dr. Stephany Powell. “Each individual we help, is one step forward in ending the sexual exploitation and trafficking of girls and women. We are grateful to the RIDE Foundation for supporting our mission and choosing Journey Out as a beneficiary of Dance For Freedom.”Brooke Burke is Dance for Freedom’s emcee. Dancing with the Stars’ Cheryl Burke and actress Kate Bosworth are presenters. This year, RIDE will present Carrie Ann Inaba with its inaugural Artistic Integrity Award. The RIDE Artistic Integrity Award celebrates members of the entertainment industry for their outstanding professional accomplishments in dance and choreography, and for their heartfelt humanity that has made a difference for a multitude of worthy causes. Inaba, a veteran choreographer most recognized as a judge on ABC’s Emmy Award-winning “Dancing with the Stars,” as well as for her work on such popular series as “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” is a spokesperson and advocate for many causes, including Drea’s Dream, a national program that raises funds for dance therapy for pediatric cancer patients, as well as The Animal Project Foundation and Best Friends Animal Shelter, for which she serves as a celebrity ambassador. Actress Constance Marie will present the Award to Ms. Inaba.Dance for Freedom sponsors include Tito’s Handmade Vodka, LeNique exclusive designer dancewear, and doTERRA Wellness Advocates. Los Angeles magazine is Dance for Freedom’s media partner.In 2017, RIDE held its inaugural gala event, Dance for Africa. The star-studded event raised funds for the African Wildlife Foundation, whose mission is to ensure that wildlife and wild lands thrive in a modern Africa.Tickets to Dance For Freedom can be purchased online at www.RIDEvents.org.
The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Haiti, Juan Gabriel Valdés, told UN Radio last night that he met again with interim Prime Minister Gerard Latortue and other senior officials to discuss how to better control the situation.”I am more optimistic now on how we will manage in the future to ensure more efficiently the protection of civilians,” Mr. Valdés said in an interview given in French. But he warned that the situation remains volatile, especially as the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) has deployed only 40 per cent of its troop numbers so far.Later this month, contingents from China and Pakistan are expected to bolster the international police force in Haiti, while military contingents from Morocco, Spain and Ecuador are scheduled to arrive by the middle of November.Mr. Valdés said political reconciliation between the major forces, dialogue with the former military and the disarmament of armed gangs were essential if Haiti, already battered by dire poverty, instability and the deadly effects of Tropical Storm Jeanne last month, is to overcome its latest problems.Last Thursday several police officers were killed during violent protests by supporters of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Four leaders of his Fanmi Lavalas political party were arrested by police at the weekend.Mr. Valdés stressed that MINUSTAH will do its utmost to establish constructive dialogue between the interim Government and the armed groups and to encourage economic opportunities across the country.
According to Energy Saving Trust research, 27% of national carbon dioxide emissions come from the power we use to heat and light our homes, compared to 15% from transport. Of that 27%, around half comes from the home’s boiler and in one year each household produces around six tonnes CO2. That’s more than double the amount emitted from the tailpipe of an average car. The calculations show that swapping an old boiler for a new one will save more CO2 than swapping a 4×4 for a hybrid vehicle. It estimates a saving of 1.6 tonnes CO2 per year for each replacement boiler, but swapping a 4×4 (producing 194 g CO2/km) for a hybrid vehicle (producing 104 g/km) will save only 1.4 tonnes CO2 based on 16,000 kms annual mileage. New car carbon dioxide emissions – among other tailpipe emissions – are falling year-on-year, in every segment of the market, from superminis to luxury cars. 4x4s have made the best reduction in CO2 between 2006 and 2007, falling 2.7%, and since 1997 figures fell by an impressive 20% – which equates to nearly 60 g/km. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
A performance in Pond Inlet tomorrow will teach people about workplace violence and how to prevent it.Mirror Theatre will present “dis”Positions, a number of challenging scenes meant to explore issues of power and privilege in the workplace. The theatrical presentation is directed and facilitated by Dramatic Arts professor Joe Norris and will be performed by Brock staff and students.With new legislation around workplace violence, it is a topical subject, said Val Wolfe, manager of Health and Safety. The performance will deal with power and privilege and how it impacts other people’s perceptions.“The goal is to raise awareness of workplace violence in a new and different way,” she said.The event starts at 8:30 with registration and a light breakfast. The live performance is at 9 a.m., followed by discussion and audience interaction. It will close at 11:15 with a brief workplace violence prevention policy review.Norris is the author of Playbuilding as qualitative research: A participatory arts-based approach, which was released last year. The book just received the Outstanding Book Award of the American Educational Research Association.Spots are still available. For more information and to register, check out brocku.ca/calendar-events/15760
While Ohio State’s football team will be playing under the lights for a second week in a row, the mood surrounding Saturday’s game against Indiana might differ from the one that resonated during last weekend’s 63-38 win against Nebraska. After back-to-back wins against ranked Big Ten competition vaulted the Buckeyes to No. 8 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll, coach Urban Meyer said he’s concerned that his team might overlook an unranked Hoosiers squad. It’s an issue that Meyer addressed as a “huge concern” Wednesday night. “(Indiana) has played better,” Meyer said. “This team took – should’ve – beat Michigan State.” OSU, which matched its six wins from 2011 last Saturday, will travel to Bloomington, Ind., in just its second road game of the year for an 8 p.m. tilt with the 2-3 Hoosiers. Making it to 7-0, though, might not come as easily as some have suggested. Junior running back Carlos Hyde said it’s easy to forget that Indiana nearly beat Michigan State a week after the Buckeyes defeated the Spartans in East Lansing, Mich. “I don’t try to take any team lightly,” Hyde said. “I mean, you just can’t overlook them. Indiana is a good team. They played Michigan State great, they came out strong against Michigan State, and, you know, we beat Michigan State by a point, you know, they was beating Michigan State all the way into the fourth quarter.” Likewise, redshirt sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby said the Buckeyes aren’t going to overlook the Hoosiers. “(Indiana) is a better team than last year and last year we were losing to them for a little while,” Roby said. “We’re not going to take them for granted, we’re gonna go in and gonna make sure we try to make as many plays as early as possible to shut down any momentum they might be able to get.” OSU beat Indiana 34-20 at Ohio Stadium last season. Sometimes, Meyer said, wins can be taken for granted and the first-year coach said he’s been guilty of such a charge before. “It happened with me,” he said, “and it won’t happen again.” Hall likely out, Barnett back Meyer said senior running back and captain Jordan Hall likely won’t play in the Buckeyes’ game against Indiana. “He’s just not full speed,” Meyer said. “(He’s) doubtful for this week.” Junior safety C.J. Barnett, however, will play, Meyer said. “(He’s) about full speed,” Meyer said. “He’s playing.” Replacing Sabino After redshirt senior linebacker and captain Etienne Sabino left last Saturday’s game against Nebraska with a broken right fibula, Meyer said OSU hasn’t finalized anything yet as to who will be stepping into the vacancy left by the the Miami, Fla., native. Meyer, though, said freshman linebacker Joshua Perry, who saw substantial action Saturday, is getting better, as is fellow freshman linebacker David Perkins and senior linebacker Storm Klein. The coach said he went back and “did homework” on the recruitment of linebackers and noticed “out of the last 10 guys (recruited), only two are really playing.” The depth of OSU’s linebackers, Meyer said, is a concern. “We got to get some guys going, they got to get going,” he said. “That position is not Ohio State standard right now, not depth-wise.” Hyde ready for more touches After toting the ball 28 times for 140 rushing yards and four touchdowns against the Cornhuskers, Hyde said he’s fine carrying a load for the Buckeyes’ offense. “That’s part of being a running back carrying the ball that many times,” Hyde said. “I’m ready and excited for that.”
Hundreds of asylum-seeking young people are going missing from care once they arrive in Britain, amid concerns they have been targeted for radicalisation by extremist groups during their journey to the UK, a think tank report has warned.Militant groups such as Islamic State are deliberately preying on vulnerable young people for recruitment, as they make the perilous journey across the Middle East and north Africa, to Europe.Extremists try to “buy” the allegiance of migrants and make them feel indebted, by working with people traffickers and funding their travel, the research by the Quilliam Foundation found. Hundreds of young people are then dropping out of the asylum system when they arrive in the UK because they fear they will be sent home. Once beyond sight of the authorities, they may then regain contact with the smuggling networks and extremists they met on their way.Nikita Malik, lead author of the report and a senior researcher with the counter extremism think tank, said young people risked “falling back into the hands of traffickers and extremists who have helped them. It’s almost a sense of debt.”More than 340 unaccompanied asylum seeking children went missing in the first nine months of 2015, double the number from a year earlier. By the end of 2015, 132 were still missing.Young people are being targeted in refugee camps in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan, and also as they pass through Libya. The report found Islamic State was offering free passage for those crossing the Libyan deserts, if they pledged allegiance.It found: “Though a particular individual may refuse to join the organisation’s ranks at previous stages, exhaustion, insecurity and an increasing sense of physical and financial difficulty as a result of the journey may encourage refugees to join at a later date.”Once at the Mediterranean coast, Islamic State offers up to £800 to join up.The report found: “For many refugees, joining Islamic State is a more certain source of income compared to attempting to obtain a job after reaching the EU by way of crossing international borders.”Islamic States is “clearly aware of the value of these refugee routes for the purposes of recruitment and for exporting their operatives into Europe”.The research found children and young people, sometimes travelling alone and often uneducated, are particularly prone to propaganda.Islamic State sees children it has recruited and indoctrinated “as an important resource”.The researchers found “Children are easier to indoctrinate, intimidate, and mould, requiring less by way of resources and money.”“Young people, whose daily lives are significantly disrupted by conflict, can also at times gravitate towards violent groups to attain greater status within their families, searching for a sense of usefulness within their family unit in the face of a potential feeling of being a burden.” Refugees and migrants are being paid 3850 to join Islamic State once they reach the Libyan coast, the Quilliam Foundation reportsCredit:Santi Palacios/AP Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
A terror suspect arrested after a car crashed into a barrier at the Houses of Parliament at high speed is not believed to be known to the security services, police have said.At least three people were injured when the silver Ford Fiesta hit a group of cyclists and pedestrians waiting for traffic lights to change. Rooftop camera footage shows the car mounting a pavement on the wrong side of the road before, witnesses said, it travelled at up to 50mph for around 40 metres (130ft) and hit a bollard.Scotland Yard said a man in his late 20s was arrested after the incident at around 7.30am on Tuesday. The suspect was taken to a south London police station, where he remains on suspicion of terrorism offences. He is not co-operating with officers.Meanwhile, as Theresa May warned of the “severe” threat facing Britain, new figures showed a sharp rise in terrorism investigations, with the number of live cases of suspected plots rising from more than 500 in March to 676 by the end of June.The Met’s counter-terrorism command is leading the investigation into the latest attack. Officers are seeking to formally identify the suspect, but “don’t believe this person is known to either MI5 or counter-terrorism police”.The suspect is reported to be from the Midlands and it is believed that he might have travelled to London from Birmingham. Metropolitan Police statement as man arrestedThe man arrested over the Westminster car crash is in his 20s and is being held on suspicion of terrorist offences, Scotland Yard said. It said in a statement: “At 07:37hrs on Tuesday 14 August, a silver Ford Fiesta collided with a number of cyclists and pedestrians, before crashing into barriers outside the Houses of Parliament.”The driver of the car, a man in his late 20s, was arrested at the scene by armed officers. He has been taken to a south London police station where he remains in police custody.”He was arrested on suspicion of terrorist offences.”There was nobody else in the vehicle, which remains at the scene and is being searched. No weapons have been recovered at this stage.” Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood, who was branded a hero after stepping in to help emergency services in the wake of the 2017 attack outside Parliament, said today’s incident was a “stark reminder of the threats we continue to face”. He wrote on Twitter: 11:54AMPolice ‘don’t believe suspect is known to counter-terror officers or MI5’ 2:05PMUS ambassador: America’s prayers are with all the innocent people hurt Scotland Yard said in a new statement: “At 07:37hrs on Tuesday 14 August, a silver Ford Fiesta collided with a number of cyclists and pedestrians, before crashing into barriers outside the Houses of Parliament.”The driver of the car, a man in his late 20s, was arrested at the scene by armed officers. He has been taken to a south London police station where he remains in police custody.”He was arrested on suspicion of terrorist offences. There was nobody else in the vehicle, which remains at the scene and is being searched. No weapons have been recovered at this stage.” Witness Kirsty Moseley, 31, was sitting in a car behind the cyclists at the traffic lights.She said: “The first thing we noticed was his car driving at high speed into the cyclists. Then he went straight through them and rather than continuing and hitting us he swerved and went over the central reservation. “The cyclists were scattered everywhere and then we just heard this huge bang. That’s when we looked round and he had driven into the barriers. One cyclist got up and started screaming at him to come back. We were all in shock at that point.“There was an ambulance that happened to be driving past at that very moment, so it was there to help the injured within seconds. Then the police were there so quickly and there were so many of them.” The car, circled, drives past Westminster Abbey Armed police surround the driver outside the Houses of ParliamentCredit:ITV supplied by Pixel8000 And a television cameraman who happened to be on the scene described the dramatic moment armed police swooped on the car, reports Patrick Sawer.Donovan Parsons, who was filming for ITN nearby, said: “We saw people running away from the crash and quickly realised it was more than just an accident.“As I got there I saw a silver car smoking against the barrier at the entrance to Westminster Palace and armed police scouting the area.“Then four 4×4 police vehicles turned up and armed cops jumped out and pointed their guns inside the car. They then dragged this guy out and I could see them pointing their guns inside the car. That’s when we got pushed back behind the cordons.”Video: ITN cameraman on what he saw unfold Police recover the car driven by a 29-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of preparing an act of terror in WestminsterCredit:PA And Vince Cable, leader of the Liberal Democrats, said: “Thank goodness the barriers are in place and worked.” Meanwhile, Westminster Tube station has reopened and the Met Police said: “We are now in the process of removing our wider cordons, thanks for your patience and understanding.”The immediate scene, Abingdon Street, between Parliament Square and Horseferry Road, j/w Lambeth Bridge, will remain cordoned off for some time.” Parliament Square was evacuated as a large number of police cars descended on the heart of Westminster, which has seen heightened security since the Westminster Bridge attack in March 2017. Streets around Parliament Square, Millbank and Victoria Tower Gardens were also cordoned off as dozens of armed police swooped on the scene.A series of ambulances had been sent to the scene and the London Ambulance Service said two people were treated for injuries that are not thought to be serious and taken to hospital. A third person was assessed for minor injuries at the scene.’It looked deliberate… he hit bollard at 50mph’Local businessman Jason Williams was walking to work when he saw the crash unfold.The 45-year-old, from Kennington, south London, said: “He had driven it at speed – more than 40 mph. There was smoke coming out of the car.”He told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: “I have seen people on the ground, lying on the road. I don’t know if they have actually been hit by the vehicle or not. I saw at least 10 people lying down.”I was told basically to move away, to run. I have run for my life.” The Houses of Parliament are surrounded with security barriers of steel and concrete.The measures were extended in the wake of the Westminster Bridge attack in March 2017, when Khalid Masood ploughed a car into crowds on Westminster Bridge, killing four people.Masood abandoned his car then stabbed and killed unarmed Pc Keith Palmer before he was shot by armed police in a courtyard outside Parliament. Streets around Westminster were cordoned off amid the police operationCredit:Sam Lister /PA A police officer jumps a barrier as the car approaches Terrible events at Westminster. America’s prayers are with all the innocent people hurt this morning. As the investigation continues, one thing is clear: the police, the paramedics, the ambulance drivers – they ALWAYS do this country proud.— Ambassador Johnson (@USAmbUK) August 14, 2018 Scores of commuters on foot and cycling arrived at the police tape trying to get to work.Workers at Portcullis House have been allowed through the extended cordon and were seen queuing to get into the building. Mr Williams told Good Morning Britain: “I saw a car going at high speed towards Parliament. It hit a bollard.”He added: “It looked deliberate. It didn’t look like an accident. How do you do that by accident? It was a loud bang.”Mr Williams added: “He’s obviously gone into the bollard at high speed.”It seemed it was about 40-50mph, there wasn’t any shouting or anything – I’ve seen smoke coming from the vehicle.”He did get out [of the car], I was behind and I did hear a loud bang and I’m seeing what’s going on, but I couldn’t hear if the police asked him to get out. The specialists came soon after, I’d say within 5-9 minutes.”He said the suspect was quiet when he was taken away by the police. 1:40PMFiesta remains near Parliament as forensics officers work at scene A circled aerial image shows where the car ended up after the attackCredit:pixel GRG US President Donald Trump, referring to the Westminster car attack said “these animals are crazy”. Mr Trump wrote on Twitter: 10:37AMPolice treating Westminster car crash as terror attack Meanwhile, witness Ewelina Ochab said the vehicle did not appear to have a front registration plate when it crashed, adding: “The person driving did not go out.”She said: “I think it looked intentional – the car drove at speed and towards the barriers.”I was walking on the other side [of the road]. I heard some noise and someone screamed. I turned around and I saw a silver car driving very fast close to the railings, maybe even on the pavement.””The person driving did not go out” of the vehicle, she said. The remaining patient being treated by medics is at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, west London, a spokeswoman for Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust has said.A statement added: “We can confirm that we have received one patient from this morning’s incident in Westminster Witness Barry Williams said the car had accelerated towards the barrier after hitting the cyclists.”I turned round to see a silver car heading towards the cyclists on the wrong side of the road, they were parked waiting for the lights to change,” he told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme. “He hit the cyclists then swerved over towards where the safety barrier is…. and accelerated and hit it at quite a high speed.”I wasn’t sure whether he meant to hit the cyclists, they might have just been in the way, but once he did, he accelerated towards the barrier. Assistant Director of Operations Peter Rhodes said: “We were called at 7.40am today (14 August) to reports of an incident on St Margaret Street, SW1. “We sent a number of resources to the scene including three ambulance crews, responders in cars and an incident response officer.”We have treated two people at the scene for injuries that are not believed to be serious and have taken them to hospital.” The force spokesman added: “At this stage, we are treating this as a terrorist incident and the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command is now leading the investigation.”Ambulance service: Three injured people treatedTwo people were treated at the scene in Westminster for injuries that are not thought to be serious, London Ambulance Service said.A third person was assessed for minor injuries but not taken to hospital. 3:28PM’Cyclists were scattered everywhere… then we heard this huge bang’ 2:50PMVideo: Minute-by-minute – how the crash unfolded 1:51PMPolice have stopped 17 terror plots in 18 months A meeting of the Government’s emergency Cobra committee will be held at 2pm to discuss the crash outside Parliament.Meanwhile, we are expected to hear from Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Specialist Operations Neil Basu outside New Scotland Yard shortly. No one else was in the car and police said no weapons had been recovered from the scene.Speaking outside New Scotland Yard, Neil Basu, the Met’s Assistant Commissioner for counter-terrorism, said police and the intelligence services were working to establish if the suspect was part of a wider terror cell and if he had received assistance from others in planning the attack.Mr Basu said: “It appears to have been a deliberate act, but what the motive was we can’t answer at the moment. We haven’t formally identified the suspect, but we don’t believe he’s known to MI5.”He added the attacker was not been pursued by police before he struck the entrance to the Palace of Westminster and that the blue lights seen behind him in footage of the incident were those of an ambulance coincidentally answering a separate emergency call. 2:44PMWestminster council leader: Our democracy, and our way of life, will continue to defy those who try to undermine it A police officer in a forensics suit next to the car used in the attackCredit:HENRY NICHOLLS /Reuters 9:38AMMet’s counter-terror command now leading investigation 1:06PMDonald Trump: Terrorist ‘animals are crazy… and must be dealt with through toughness’ Police forensics officers surround the car where it crashed on Tuesday morningCredit:Victoria Jones /PA Armed police outside St Thomas’s hospital in Westminster after a car crashed into a security barrier in Parliament SquareCredit:Rob Pinney/LNP Armed police point a gun at the male driver as they surround the car outside the Houses of ParliamentCredit:ITV WESTMINSTER INCIDENT:A stark reminder of the threats we continue to face, the need to remain vigilant and the professionalism of @metpoliceuk in once again swiftly and courageously responding to what looks like a crude and deliberate attack on Parliament.#westminster pic.twitter.com/kxNO6Ra3cu— Tobias Ellwood (@Tobias_Ellwood) August 14, 2018 The force spokesman added: “At this stage, we are treating this as a terrorist incident and the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command is now leading the investigation.” He added: “The police were very fast, they vaulted over the safety barrier and headed towards the car.”What also happened was the police started to head away to block off people heading towards us. The cyclists…there was a few on the ground, some were holding their arms, there was bikes everywhere. It was frightening.”Mr Williams added: “There was about 10 cyclists waiting for the lights to change… he hit about four or five – one of the cyclists got up and was about to chase the car.” On the driver, she said: “I saw him drive past. He wasn’t shouting and he just had two hands on the wheel. He was just staring straight ahead. He looked quite sure. He was just peering over the steering wheel. He knew what he was doing and he was focused on what was in front of him rather than being erratic or shouting. “After seeing how he drove into them, we are amazed that only one woman has been seriously injured.”Miss Moseley was on her way to work in Oxford Circus with her husband, Patrick Moseley, 34, from their Brixton home. “We don’t usually drive,” she said. “We usually cycle, but for some reason we decided to drive this morning.” Responding to the attack, Nickie Aiken, the leader of Westminster City Council, said: “Our thoughts are with those hurt and our thanks to the brilliant emergency services who were so quickly at the scene. “The House of Commons was targeted again today – as it was last year – but our democracy, and our way of life, will continue to defy those who try to undermine it.“The safety of the people who live, work and visit in Westminster remains our priority and we will work to ensure our capital remains a welcoming city.” 12:34PMRemaining patient treated at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington Neil Basu, Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police and counter-terrorism head, is giving an update outside New Scotland Yard. He has said: One woman is being treated for serious but not life-threatening injuries. Another person has been discharged The arrested man is in his late 20s “Given that this appears to be a deliberate act, the method and the iconic site… this is being treated as a terrorist attack” No other suspects have been identified and there is “no intelligence at this time of further danger” to Londoners or the rest of the UK connected to this incident The vehicle is vehicle is being searched. No weapons have been found Police are seeking to identify the suspect and “his motivation if possible” Mr Basu added that the suspect was not co-operating with police and had not yet been formally identified But on the basis of the information known so far, “we don’t believe this person is known to either MI5 or counter terrorism police,” he added. The man being taken away by armed police was arrested on suspicion of terror offencesCredit:Sky News Armed police in Parliament Square as the heart of Westminster is in lockdownCredit:HANNAH MCKAY /Reuters The terrorist threat against the UK is seen as unprecedented. In addition to five attacks last year, authorities say they have stopped 13 Islamist and four extreme right-wing plots since the Westminster atrocity in March 2017.Police and MI5 are running at least 500 live operations involving roughly 3,000 active “subjects of interest” at any one time – while there is also a wider pool of more than 20,000 individuals who have previously featured in investigations whose threat must be kept under review.Earlier this year, the Government unveiled a refreshed counter-terror strategy. Under the blueprint, MI5 intelligence will be shared with bodies outside the security community in an attempt to stop suspects before attack plots can crystallise, while anti-terror laws are to be strengthened to allow earlier interventions. British Transport Police (BTP) said it would be putting extra officers on patrols in England, Scotland and Wales on Tuesday afternoon and into the evening following the Westminster terror attack.Superintendent Chris Horton from BTP said: “We know incidents such as this are likely to cause concern, so our officers will be highly visible both on board trains and at stations.”We are there to reassure the travelling public, so please don’t be alarmed if you see our officers, including firearms officers, on your journey.” 11:43AMPoliticians praise emergency services for bravery that ‘keeps us safe day in, day out’ Our thoughts are with those who have been injured in the incident outside the Houses of Parliament this morning, and our thanks go out to the quick and effective response of our police and medical services. Thank goodness the barriers are in place and worked.— Vince Cable (@vincecable) August 14, 2018 10:09AMCounter-terror expert: Chances of getting through barrier are very slim Chris Phillips, the former head of the National Counter Terrorism Security Office, said: “It looks a bit like a copycat of the incident from the other occasion, but however may be this is someone who has fallen asleep at the wheel, we don’t know as yet, so this is what the officers will be trying to ascertain.”I think the key point is the barriers around that building are designed to stop a vehicle travelling at 50mph, but the chances of getting through that barrier are very, very slim.”Of course, now the police officers need to make sure the vehicle itself is safe, that’s what they’ll spend most of their time doing.” Injured pedestrians can be seen at the top of the shot – around 40 metres from where the car crashed into a barrierCredit:BBC News/PA A bicycle lies on the ground after the Westminster attackCredit:Eddie Mulholland for The Telegraph Injured cyclists on the ground after the car crashed into themCredit:Twitter Bicycles lie on the ground at the scene of the crash outside the Houses of Parliament Credit:HANNAH MCKAY /Reuters A witness, who gave his name only as James, described how he had been cycling past Parliament shortly after the incident happened.”There was a cyclist clearly injured on the floor, there was a number of cyclists off their bikes. As I went past, an ambulance turned up,” he told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.”As I carried on down I was told to get off my bike by a police officer. He said there’d been an incident. As I looked up as I got off my bike, I saw there was a car in the barrier.”My natural reaction was to get away from the scene.” Armed police swoop on a car that crashed outside the Houses of ParliamentCredit:VinnyMcAv/EuronewsNBC Ambulance crews treat the wounded after the Westminster crashCredit:UK Newsflare/AP 10:32AMTheresa May thanks emergency services for ‘immediate and courageous’ response Prime Minister Theresa May said her thoughts were with those injured in the Westminster car crash and thanked the emergency services for their “immediate and courageous” response.Meanwhile, Home Secretary Sajid Javid said: “Huge thanks to our emergency services for their rapid reaction to incident in Westminster this morning. My thoughts are with those injured.” After knocking down cyclists, the car mounts a pavement We’ve just heard that the Metropolitan Police’s counter-terror command is now leading the investigation.Scotland Yard said in a statement: “While we are keeping an open mind, the Met’s Counter-Terrorism Command is leading the investigation into the Westminster incident.” 9:59AM’There was a cyclist clearly injured on the floor’: Witness describes scene Six hours after the crash, the silver Ford Fiesta can still be seen near the Parliament barriers.A number of officers in forensic suits are working at the scene. 11:26AMPolice set to deliver update as Cobra meeting to be held at 2pm 9:49AMSecurity extended in wake of Westminster Bridge attack Aerial footage of the crash shows the silver Ford Fiesta coming along the road next to Parliament Square before moving to turn right towards Westminster Abbey.As an ambulance passes the car on its right-hand side, the vehicle swerves left – crossing oncoming traffic and a pavement before entering a small road and crashing into a security barrier.A police officer can be seen jumping another barrier that runs along the side of the road to get away. Westminster was in lockdown as armed police swarmed the scene. One witness said: “It looked intentional – the car drove at speed and towards the barriers.”Images showed a man being led away in handcuffs after armed police surrounded the eight-year-old car.A second image appears to show pedestrians hit by the vehicle at least 40 metres (130ft) away from where the car hit the barrier. 9:55AMSadiq Khan in close contact with Met Police chief 10:54AMExtra police officers put on patrol after Parliament crash Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn praised the emergency services in a tweet: 1:26PMTobias Ellwood: This is stark reminder of threats we continue to face Woody Johnson, US ambassador to the UK, wrote on Twitter that “America’s prayers are with all the innocent people hurt”, as he also praised the emergency services: 9:42AMCordon widened as more police arrive at scene More plain-clothed officers have arrived at the scene, as it appeared the number of armed police officers were stationed at a cordon beside Parliament were scaled back.Westminster Bridge and Tube station were both closed.The cordon was widened twice and sniffer dogs were seen scanning the area. I’m in close contact with @MetPoliceUK Commissioner about the incident at Parliament Square this morning. Thank you to the first responders who were on the scene so quickly. Enquiries are continuing. Westminster tube station is currently closed. Follow @metpoliceuk for updates. https://t.co/Uf2U85o0My— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) August 14, 2018 Another terrorist attack in London…These animals are crazy and must be dealt with through toughness and strength!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2018 My thoughts are with those hurt and injured outside Parliament this morning in what is being treated as a terrorist incident.Our thanks go to our emergency services who responded immediately. Their bravery keeps us safe day in, day out.— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) August 14, 2018 Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, is in “close contact” with Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick.He thanked the emergency services at the scene in a post on Twitter: Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Square, a company founded by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, has been on a roll as of late. The company offers individuals and small businesses a non-traditional method to receive payments via a smartphone or tablet without the need for contracts or monthly fees. The company charges a simple 2.75% per transaction while offering the necessary mobile application and credit card reader for free. This model, which offers to greatly expand the current footprint of credit card transactions, has received support via Apple and its inclusion of the credit card reader through Apple Stores and Visa who made a strategic investment in the company.Now the company has announced the launch of new applications which promise to make cash registers all but obsolete. The first application, Square Register, works with the iPad and replaces bulky, expensive cash registers with a touch-enabled point-of-sale solution which includes the ability to send receipts digitally. In addition to processing transactions, Square Register businesses will be able to communicate with customers through a location-based Directory feature which allows them to be discovered by local customers and a Menus feature which acts as a digital sandwich board to advertise menus, prices, daily specials and popular items through a customer’s mobile phone.Many of the features within Square Register work in conjunction with the new Card Case app the company is also making available to iPhone and Android customers. The app allows customers to access the Directory and Menu features powered by Square Register in addition to opening Tabs with businesses. Tabs is similar to one-click purchases available at online stores which eliminates the need for customers to carry credit cards to make purchases. A retailer can simply access a customer’s credit card information through Square Register after verifying a customer’s identity via a stored profiled and photos. The Card Case app is activated via a text message invitation after a customer makes a credit card purchase at a participating merchant.The Square Register app is currently available for download through the App Store.Read more at the Square press release.Brian’s OpinionI believe Jack Dorsey’s Square may soon be more successful than Twitter. Unlike Twitter, there was no question how Square’s technology would be monetized out of the gate. Also, the fees charged by Square are so significantly cheaper than those charged by companies offering traditional credit card terminals it’s hard to understand why an individual or business wouldn’t look to use Square to process credit cards.Initially, my biggest concern for Square was that it was about to go up against Goliath in the form of traditional terminals. That’s big business for companies and as VeriFone has already demonstrated they are going to do whatever it takes to maintain their market share. Unfortunately for companies like VeriFone, there is two companies bigger. That would be Visa and Mastercard. We know at least one of them, Visa, already sees Square as a way to increase credit card transactions so they could really care less of VeriFone loses market share along the way.
A Southwest Washington “Rosie the Riveter” who built B-17 Flying Fortresses during World War II and a flyover by an earlier aircraft design — three biplanes — will be part of the Heroes Night celebration on Saturday.The Community Military Appreciation Committee will present the fifth annual event from 4 to 7 p.m. at the east Vancouver Costco store, 19610 S.E. First St.The event will salute representatives from local veteran and active military organizations; first responders, including fire, law enforcement and emergency medical personnel; and four-legged friends of veterans — Battle Buddies trained service dogs and the therapeutic riding program’s War Horses with Warriors.Julie Burger, who has spent 50 years as a volunteer and staff member with the American Red Cross, will be recognized for her service to community and country.Burger’s roles have included supervising Red Cross services for military families in the region.The first responders being honored this year are Vancouver police Officer Julie Ballou and Clark County sheriff’s Deputy Albin Boyse, both for their work with area youth through the Police Activities League.
The Chelsea footballer believes Morata is in good condition and played very good against Crystal Palace in the weekendChelsea footballer Pedro has stated his very happy at how well his teammate Alvaro Morata is playing, especially after the game against Crystal Palace.“The team worked very hard and I’m very happy to score a goal and get the three points because it’s very important for us to stay near the top and to continue in this way,” Pedro told Chelsea’s official website.“The team are playing very well, moving the ball with one or two touches, creating chances and winning games. The important thing for us is getting the three points but we just need to take it step by step and game by game.”Daniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“We were in good condition, playing well and creating chances but a draw is different,” he added.“After, when Alvaro scored again, we controlled the game and moved the ball faster, I then scored the third and that was good.”“He’s in good condition and he had a very good performance,” Pedro added.“He has the mentality to score goals and help the team, that’s the best way for him.”
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Domestic online retailer Snapdeal is likely to see its valuation reach $5 billion, if a proposed $500 million investment in the company by Alibaba and Foxconn Technology fructifies. The Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba Group Holding and iPhone assembler Foxconn are in talks with Snapdeal to buy 10 percent stake, The Wall Street Journal said, citing sources privy to the development. In November last year, Snapdeal received $627 million funding from Japan’s SoftBank Group, taking its valuation to $2 billion. Apart from Softbank, eBay and BlackRock are the other major investors in Snapdeal.A report by Goldman Sachs released last month said that domestic e-commerce firms such as Flipkart and Snapdeal will require another $20 billion (₹1.27 lakh crore) to sustain their current growth momentum over the next five years.Alibaba has 25 percent stake in One97 Communications, the parent company of Paytm.Paytm recently forayed into e-commerce and plans to add 1,00,000 Chinese sellers to its platform from August. The move by Patym is part of its major stakeholder Alibaba’s strategy to expand its business outside China, The Economic Times reported.Alibaba aims to garner a pie of the lucrative $6 billion (₹38,400 crore) e-commerce market in India.An investment in Snapdeal will enable Alibaba to further expand its presence in the fast growing online retail sector in India. Earlier this year, Alibaba’s talks with Snapdeal did not materialise due to differences over valuation, according to Business Standard.For Foxconn, the investment will enable it to strengthen its position in the world’s third largest smartphone market.Foxconn is also looking to shift manufacturing operations to India from China due to rising wage costs in China.
CognizantWikiMedia CommonsWhile the IT industry is said to be going through a state of turmoil, it looks like there is some more bad news for the employees. A number of companies have announced that promotion and salary hikes have been deferred by about three months, but it has now been reported that even when the employees do eventually get a hike, it is unlikely to be anything over 9 percent.Most companies are likely to give out hikes on the basis of the growth in its revenue, amounting to about 6-8 percent. Wipro has said that its hikes, which will be effective from June, will mostly be on the lower side but employees who have performed well may receive higher increments.”For offshore employees, the hike percentage is mid-single digit; onsite employees have low- to mid-single digit hike percentages, depending on their location,” Business Standard quoted a company spokesperson as saying.While Tata Consultancy Services has said that the hikes will be in the range of 8-10 percent, Infosys has explained that this year its employees will receive an increment of about 4-9 percent.Meanwhile, an IT industry analyst, on condition of anonymity, explained to the website that companies earlier offered larger hikes to efficient employees so that they do not get poached by a competitor, but with the sector already witnessing a slowdown, companies can afford to offer lesser increments.American multinational firm Cognizant Technology Solutions (CTS), on June 29, said that it had deferred the salary hikes and promotion of its employees by three months. While the employees often get promotion and hikes around June each year, the IT giant informed its employees through an email that promotion and salary hikes would be effective only from October 1 this time.Cognizant’s chief people officer Jim Lennox told the employees that they would get a percentage hike on their basic pay up to the managerial level and employees at a senior level would receive a “lump sum” amount. Additionally, they will also get a bonus based on their performance. Both SAP and Infosys said that they have mutually resolved all concerns regarding the use of their respective trademarks.REUTERS/Abhishek N. ChinnappaIT giant Infosys also revealed in May that employees may have to wait for a bit longer to see a hike in their paychecks. The salary hike for lower and mid-level employees has been deferred until July, while the senior level employees will see a further delay.The prime reason behind companies postponing hikes and promotion is said to be higher business costs, visa curbs, and slow growth.
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February 1, 2013 475 Views MICA Reports Fewer Policies, Greater Dollar Volume in December Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Cures Defaults Genworth Mortgage Insurance Corp. Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corp. Mortgage Insurance Mortgage Insurance Companies of America Radian Guaranty Inc. Service Providers 2013-02-01 Tory Barringer in Origination, Secondary Market Share Private mortgage insurance activity saw a slight lift in December, according to “”Mortgage Insurance Companies of America’s””:http://www.privatemi.com/index.cfm (MICA) monthly statistical report.[IMAGE]The report includes data from “”Genworth Mortgage Insurance Corporation””:https://www.genworth.com/#tab1-tab, “”Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation””:http://www.mgic.com/, and “”Radian Guaranty Inc.””:http://www.radian.biz/page?name=HomePage, all members of the trade association.The three companies wrote a combined $10.7 billion in primary new insurance on conventional loans in December, up from a reported $10.4 billion in November. [COLUMN_BREAK]It was the third highest monthly total for all of 2012, taking November’s previous position under October ($11.5 billion) and August ($11.3 billion).Primary insurance in force was nearly $400.7 billion at the end of the year, with December marking the seventh consecutive month of increases.Applications for private mortgage insurance saw a second monthly slip in December, declining to 38,915 from 41,952 in November. August held the high record for 2012 applications (46,891), while January came in at the bottom (24,097).MICA members also reported a monthly decline in insurance certificates issued. The companies issued 36,543 policies in December, down from 39,220 the previous month. Again, August took the top spot in 2012 with 43,949 policies issued. January sat on the other end with 21,904.Meanwhile, primary insurance cures climbed to 20,048, resting above November (19,801) and slightly below October (20,068). Primary insurance defaults also increased, rising to 24,585 from November’s 23,485. The ratio of cures to defaults at the end of December was 81.5 percent, MICA reported.
Fannie Mae Home Sales Housing Market 2016-08-18 Seth Welborn Share in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News The yo-yo that was the U.S. housing market in Q2 will likely remain an uneven piece of the economy for the rest of the year, according to Fannie Mae’s August Economic and Housing Outlook.Home sales performed well during the second quarter; in June, both new and existing-home sales rose to post-crisis highs. Year-to-date in 2016 through the end of Q2, new and existing-home sales were up by 11 percent and 5 percent from the same period in 2016. According to Fannie Mae, however, with pending home sales (contract signings of existing homes) remaining flat in June and purchase mortgage applications leveling out, leading indicators suggest a near-term pullback in home sales.“Housing market fundamentals remain a mixed bag,” said Fannie Mae Chief Economist Doug Duncan. “During the second quarter of 2016, both new and existing-home sales rose to expansion highs, while single-family starts pulled back, remaining historically low for an expansion.”Duncan added that tight inventory from a lack of new construction continues to create affordability challenges, particularly at the lower end of the market, where first-time buyers are getting squeezed out by competition for houses.On top of this, the national homeownership rate in Q2 dropped to below 63 percent, though Duncan said there are tentative signs of older Millennials moving toward homeownership. The low interest rate his helping in that regard; the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rate has been below 4 percent for the last 8 months and is expected to remain near record lows through the end of the fourth quarter, even if the Federal Reserve raises the federal funds target rate later in the year.“We expect homebuyers will benefit from improving job and wage growth, more favorable lending standards, and continued low mortgage rates through the rest of the year,” he said.Overall, Duncan expects economic growth to rebound in the second half, keeping the full-year growth outlook at 1.8 percent. A “stellar July jobs report suggests consumers may benefit from near-term improvement in personal incomes and a strengthening hiring trend,” the report stated. “This, in turn, will likely support a more sustainable pace of inventory accumulation and help soothe concerns over the health of businesses, which have faced lackluster profits and productivity and have pulled back on capital expenditures.”While Duncan called Q2’s growth “a disappointment,” inventory investment should balance out.“Credit expansion, combined with improving labor market conditions and strengthening household balance sheets, should continue to support consumers, who will likely be the primary driver of growth again in the second half of the year,” Duncan said, adding that “although much of the financial volatility from Brexit has subsided, long-term Treasury yields continue to face downward pressure and we expect them to remain low for some time.” Uneven Housing Fundamentals Create Cloudy Forecast August 18, 2016 515 Views
As the investigation into possible ties between the campaign of US President Donald Trump and Russia moved forward on Wednesday when it emerged that US authorities had raided the home of a former aide Paul Manafort, Bank of Cyprus felt vindicated for its strict anti-money laundering practices of above-and-beyond regulations, a source said.Bank of Cyprus, which in March 2013 absorbed the operations of the defunct Cyprus Popular Bank, widely known as Laiki, the bank with which the former Trump campaign manager banked, “inherited three accounts associated to Manafort after 2013, which were flagged and reported to Mokas before they were ultimately terminated because of suspicious activity,” a source at Bank of Cyprus said in an interview. Mokas is Cyprus’s anti-money laundering squad, a division of the attorney general’s office.Bank of Cyprus terminated the three former Laiki accounts associated with Manafort in 2014, a year before Trump announced his candidacy for the White House, the source said adding that “the system worked, the flagging worked, the termination took place”.Manafort resigned as chairman of the Trump campaign a year ago after it emerged he failed to disclose that he had previously worked with former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych.In June 2016, Manafort participated in a meeting in Trump Tower in New York with Donald Trump Jr, the US president’s eldest son, his son-in-law Jared Kushner and Russian lawyer Natalya Veselnitskaya. Emails show that Trump Jr agreed to host the meeting after an acquaintance promised to provide damaging information on Hillary Clinton, then the Democratic Party presidential candidate.The lender terminated its ties with 1,601 intermediaries and operates with only 234, according to a Bank of Cyprus document. Since the crisis, it terminated 33,524 customers with a total of €2.4bn in deposits and generating €9m in net income, “exclusively on compliance grounds –including know-your-customer (KYC) and anti-money laundering- leading to a reduction of exposure to Russian customers by 30 per cent and to Ukrainian customers by 37 per cent”.“Russian and Ukrainian customers account for less than 4 per cent of total customers and approximately 37 per cent of foreign customers,” and account for less than 10 per cent of total deposits, according to the document.In the case of Manafort, the bank submitted files to the authorities as part of the “regular interaction” and “no longer has anything to do with the case and as a result nobody from the US authorities contacted Bank of Cyprus for information,” the source added. “It was not interaction triggered by events”.“Manafort was asked (by Laiki) to provide additional information on the ultimate beneficial owners of some of the companies or risk having the accounts closed,” the source said. “He replied to the bank, let’s go for option number two”.“We have a policy zero appetite for money-laundering on top of regulation-plus practices,” the Bank of Cyprus source said.The source acknowledged that while “a reputational issue may have emerged for the country,” Laiki also took action in 2012 in the case of Manafort and terminated several of his accounts. “An elephant and an ass are killing each other and we, as Cyprus, are an ant caught in the middle. Our reputation is not unmerited but steps have been made to improve compliance”.In 2013, depositors at Bank of Cyprus saw almost half of their uninsured deposits turned into equity while those at Laiki lost all their deposits in excess of €100,000 when creditors refused to bail out the Cypriot banking system citing Cyprus’s alleged reluctance to clamp down on Russian oligarchs laundering money on the island.In May, the US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed the former director of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Robert Mueller as special counsel tasked with investigating possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, after the US President fired his successor at the FBI, James Comey.Manafort who was initially subpoenaed to testify at the Senate Judiciary Committee on July 26, received unexpected visitors to his home in Alexandria, a suburb of Washington DC in the dawn hours of the same day from FBI agents with a search warrant, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday. 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