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Landmark case says Aboriginal Australians cannot be deported

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first_imgTopics : Aboriginal Australians are exempt from immigration law, the country’s top court ruled Tuesday, in a historic decision that found indigenous people born overseas cannot be deported.Australia had been trying to deport two men — Papua New Guinea citizen Daniel Love and New Zealand citizen Brendan Thoms — under laws that allow a convicted criminal’s visa to be cancelled on character grounds.Both men identify as Aboriginal Australians, each has one indigenous parent, and they have lived in the country since they were small children. But the judges could not agree on whether Love was under a three-part test that considers biological descent, self-identification and community recognition.Lawyer Claire Gibbs, who represented the men, hailed the decision as “significant for Aboriginal Australians”.”This case isn’t about citizenship, it’s about who belongs here, who is an Australian national and who is a part of the Australian community,” she told reporters in Canberra.”The High Court has found Aboriginal Australians are protected from deportation. They can no longer be removed from the country that they know and the country that they have a very close connection with.”The case marked the first time an Australian court has considered whether the government has the power to deport indigenous people.But it also touched on the contentious question of how Aboriginality is defined in the law.Gibbs said she was “confident” that they would eventually be able to prove Love’s status as he was “accepted by his community as Aboriginal” and had “biological proof” that he was a descendant of the First Australians.Lawyers will now pursue compensation claims on behalf of both men, who Gibbs said had suffered “severe embarrassment” and been “subject to ridicule” as a result of being Aboriginal men held in immigration detention.center_img Love, who served time for assault, and Thoms, who had been jailed for domestic violence, have been battling in the courts to stay in Australia, arguing that they may be “non-citizens” but they are also not “aliens”.The High Court ruled in a decision that split the judges 4-3 that Aboriginal Australians “are not within the reach” of constitutional provisions relating to foreign citizens.Indigenous people have inhabited the vast continent for more than 60,000 years, while the modern nation’s constitution only came into force in 1901.Thoms — who was already recognized as a traditional landowner — was accepted by the court as Aboriginal.last_img read more

Ex-Trump aide Steve Bannon arrested in border wall fraud case

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first_imgShortly after the charges were announced the president aimed to distance himself, saying: “Don’t know anything about the project at all.””I think it’s a very sad thing for Mr. Bannon. I think it’s surprising,” Trump said, adding he felt “very badly” and he hasn’t “been dealing with him for a long period.”Manhattan federal prosecutors said Bannon, the organization’s founder Brian Kolfage, venture capitalist Andrew Badolato and Timothy Shea “received hundreds of thousands of dollars in donor funds from We Build the Wall, which they each used in a manner inconsistent with the organization’s public representations.”The initiative began in 2018 as a GoFundMe campaign to raise money organizers said would go towards the border wall Trump had promised during his 2016 campaign, which Bannon orchestrated. Another Trump aide indictment Prior to leading Trump’s 2016 presidential bid, Bannon — a brash, aggressively conservative proponent of US nationalism — headed the far-right outlet Breitbart News.Once a prominent voice in the president’s ear, Bannon was behind some of Trump’s most controversial moves, including his ban on some travelers from abroad and the decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate change agreement.After frequent clashes with others in the White House including Trump, Bannon was pushed out in August 2017.Half a dozen close Trump associates have been indicted or convicted since he took over the White House, including several key leaders of his 2016 campaign effort.Roger Stone — the president’s longtime ally who was convicted on felony charges including obstructing the congressional Russian collusion probe — was the first person directly involved in Trump’s campaign to receive clemency. Topics : Former top Trump strategist Steve Bannon was arrested and charged Thursday along with three others for defrauding hundreds of thousands of donors in a Mexico border wall fundraising campaign — a blow to the Republican incumbent.The online crowdfunding campaign known as “We Build the Wall” raised more than $25 million, prosecutors said, which the defendants promised would be used on construction but which they instead funneled to their own pockets.The arrest is the latest in a string of high-profile criminal probes into Trump’s inner circle, and comes just months before November’s vote the Republican hopes will win him re-election.center_img One week after launching, the online appeal took in $17 million, which raised suspicions at the crowdfunding  site and prompted it to temporarily shut the campaign down. GoFundMe said organizers would need to identify a legitimate nonprofit where the money was headed or it would be returned.The four men began using both a Bannon-controlled non-profit and a Shea-led shell company, as well as vendor agreements and fake invoices, to conceal their tracks, court documents said.Prosecutors say the men gave repeated false assurances to donors, vowing that all funds raised would go “only directly to wall!!! Not anyone’s pocket.”Kolfage, a 38-year-old based in Florida, at one point even urged donors to purchase coffee from another company he ran, saying it was the only way to keep “his family fed and a roof over their head,” prosecutors said. Hiding their tracks Bannon, 66, publicly called himself a “volunteer” in the operation.Some donors wrote personally to Kolfage saying they were low on funds and skeptical of online fundraising, “but they were giving what they could because they trusted Kolfage would keep his word about how their donations would be spent,” the indictment said.Kolfage — a US Air Force veteran — repeatedly assured them their money was safe, but in fact, prosecutors say he took more than $350,000 for his own use, funding personal expenses including boat payments, a luxury SUV, a golf cart, cosmetic surgery and credit card debt.Badolato, Shea and Bannon each received hundreds of thousands that went to expenses including travel, hotels and consumer goods, according to the documents.Bannon in particular received over $1 million of the donations which he funneled through his non-profit, using some of it to pay Kolfage while a substantial sum lined his own pockets.The men learned their scheme might be under federal criminal investigation in approximately October 2019, when they began crafting additional measures to conceal it, prosecutors said.All four men are charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.last_img read more

Unai Emery copying Chelsea tactic to help Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Arsenal

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first_imgUnai Emery copying Chelsea tactic to help Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Arsenal Advertisement Advertisement Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has already scored two goals for Arsenal this season (Getty Images)Arsenal manager Unai Emery is encouraging David Luiz to play more direct balls to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to reports.Luiz arrived in a surprise £8 million deal from Chelsea this summer and was given his first start in the 2-1 victory over Burnley last Saturday.Aubameyang, meanwhile, has scored in both of Arsenal’s Premier League fixtures so far this season.Dani Ceballos provided the assist for Aubameyang’s goal against Burnley but Emery is hoping Arsenal’s defence can play a key role in supplying their strike force.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 23 Aug 2019 5:07 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link David Luiz has been encouraged to pick out Aubameyang with his direct passes (Getty Images)According to the Daily Telegraph, Luiz has been ‘encouraged’ by Emery to play long, direct balls towards Aubameyang in the same way he used to pick out Pedro’s runs at Chelsea.AdvertisementAdvertisementLuiz created 11 ‘big chances’ in the Premier League last season, more than any other centre-back in the Premier League and one more than his Chelsea teammate Willian.The report also claims that Emery was ‘delighted’ with the chance to sign Luiz and the Arsenal manager got on well with the Brazilian during their brief time together at Paris Saint-Germain.Luiz has briefly worked under Emery at PSG in the summer of 2016 before the Brazilian completed his return to Chelsea.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityIt’s understood that Luiz forced his move away from Chelsea this summer as he was ‘struggling to reconcile’ being managed by his former teammate Frank Lampard.Lampard also refused to give Luiz assurances over his playing time with Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger also in contention for a regular role at centre-back.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenallast_img read more

Granit Xhaka sends message to Arsenal over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang transfer and defends Mesut Ozil

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first_imgGranit Xhaka says it would be a ‘great loss’ if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang left Arsenal (Pictures: Getty)Granit Xhaka admits it would be a ‘great loss’ for Arsenal if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was to leave the club and has defended ‘positive’ Mesut Ozil.Aubameyang has developed into one of Arsenal’s most important players since signing from Borussia Dortmund in 2018, scoring 61 goals in 97 matches for the Gunners.Despite his influence at the Emirates, Aubameyang is being strongly linked with a move away from Arsenal, with his current contract set to expire in the summer of 2021.The likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona have expressed interest in signing the 30-year-old, with Arsenal currently considering whether to sell him this summer or risk losing the forward for free in 12 months’ time.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked about the speculation linking Aubameyang with a move, Arsenal midfielder Xhaka told SportBild: ‘If that were to happen, it would, of course, be a great loss for the team and the club.‘Auba is always dangerous and always good for a goal, and as a guy, he’s also really great.‘He is always positive, optimistic, helpful and very professional.’ Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 20 May 2020 12:44 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link11.3kShares Granit Xhaka sends message to Arsenal over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang transfer and defends Mesut Ozil Advertisement Former Arsenal captain Xhaka has also defended Mesut Ozil (Picture: Getty)Xhaka, who was replaced by Aubameyang as Arsenal captain earlier in the season, has also defended Ozil.The German playmaker often attracts criticism over his perceived lack of effort but Xhaka said: ‘I see him here as a very positive, likeable colleague.‘He is an extremely down-to-earth guy, always ready to help, and he works hard in training and in my opinion he really enjoys football.‘When Mesut is in form, he is, of course very important to us and can always make the difference. We really don’t have to discuss his footballing skills here.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Arsenal consider swapping Lacazette for Atletico Madrid midfielderMORE: Arsenal make enquiry to sign Bayer Leverkusen winger Moussa Diaby Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

Railpen CEO Chris Hitchen to leave

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first_imgIn recent years, Hitchen oversaw a major overhaul of RPMI’s investment structure, establishing an in-house investment team as part of an “investment transformation programme” (ITP). The scheme has also undergone a forensic review of investment costs, resulting in significant savings.Hitchen said: “ITP was a fantastically worthwhile and inspiring programme, which was necessary for us to meet our mission of paying members’ pensions securely, affordably and sustainably in a low-return world. It has been an honour to serve the needs of one-third of a million railway workers and their employers.”Earlier this year Julian Cripps was appointed director of investment business at RPMI Railpen as part of the succession plan. The group’s three investment directors – Ciarán Barr, Paul Bishop, and Richard Williams – now report to Cripps, rather than Hitchen.Hitchen is an influential figure in the UK pensions sector. He chaired the National Association of Pension Funds, now the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association, from 2007 to 2009, as part of a decade-long tenure with the trade body.During that time he helped establish the Pensions Quality Mark, a kitemark standard for UK defined contribution (DC) funds.In addition, Hitchen was a trustee of NEST, the government’s defined contribution master trust, from 2010 to 2015, and chaired its investment committee for three years.John Chilman, chair of the Railways Pension Trustee Company, said: “I and my fellow Trustee Directors would like to thank Chris for the exceptional service he has given to the railways pension schemes over some nineteen years.“We respect his desire for a fresh challenge and will be announcing our plans for the future leadership of the organisation shortly.” Chris Hitchen is to step down from his role as CEO of RPMI Railpen “within the next year”, the UK pension fund has announced.Hitchen has led the industry-wide scheme for UK railway companies for 13 years, having first joined the group nearly 20 years ago.“I have for some time been working with senior stakeholders on a succession plan for RPMI, and now is the right time to put it into effect,” Hitchen said. “I am confident that I am leaving the organisation, and members’ pensions, in very safe hands.”He joined the now-£25bn (€28.7bn) scheme in 1998 as an investment director. He became CEO in 2004.last_img read more

Most pension funds missed funding recovery targets, says Dutch regulator

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first_imgIf they were to achieve these goals, their funding levels would improve to almost 127% on average, according to the supervisor.However, other factors, such as insufficient contributions and the payment of index-linked uplifts, were a drag on performance relative to scheme recovery plans.Although DNB has previously urged pension funds to increase contributions, it cannot enforce this under current rules.Pension funds are allowed to smooth out their contributions over several years while taking expected returns into account.Benefit cuts imminent for trio of schemes Three quarters of Dutch pension funds have been lagging behind their expected funding recovery plans since 2015, according to regulator De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB).In an evaluation of the recovery plans of 143 underfunded schemes, DNB found that, on balance, their coverage ratios had barely improved during that period.Dutch pension scheme recovery plans are updated annually and must show how schemes expect to reach the required funding level of 125%. Almost all schemes expect to improve without having to apply cuts to benefits, and aim for surplus returns.DNB found that pension funds assumed they would achieve annual results of 4.3-5.1%. Metal industry schemes PME and PMT face benefit cuts in 2020Three pension funds – with 2m participants and pensioners in total – faced having to cut benefits next year, DNB said, as their coverage ratio had been short of the minimum required level of 104.2% for five consecutive years.These included the metal and engineering sector pension funds PMT, which runs €77bn of assets, and PME (€50bn).DNB said that three other schemes, with 7.7m members and pensioners in total, could be forced to reduce payments in 2021 if their coverage ratios were still insufficient at the end of 2020.Unavoidable cuts can be spread out over a 10-year period under Dutch rules.Common features of underfunded pension funds, according to DNB, included contributions that covered no more than 75% of liabilities, and a low interest rate hedging position. The average level of interest rate hedge across the schemes analysed by DNB was 31% of liabilities.Poorly funded schemes also had a relatively high exposure to listed equities (57% on average), according to the supervisor – including, for example, the €431bn civil service scheme ABP, the largest pension fund in the Netherlands.According to DNB, the opposite was the case for well-funded pension funds, which were often company schemes. Their contribution levels covered 108% of liabilities on average, while their interest hedges averaged 72% and equity allocation averaged 38%.However, this could also be down to these schemes’ high funding levels, as well-funded pension funds tended to reduce investment risks.last_img read more

Xavi donates €1m to Barcelona hospital

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first_img The hospital had launched a fundraising campaign in order to combat the virus so that money could be raised to buy material and fund research and investigation.Advertisement Loading… “Thanks to the contributions they’re receiving, they can get equipment for health personnel and patients,” Xavi himself said, urging others to follow suit and donate where they could. read also:Lionel Messi is above Ronaldo, CR7, Ronaldinho – Xavi Xavi is currently coach of Al Sadd in Qatar. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Barcelona great Xavi Hernandez and his wife Nuria Cunillera have made a donation of €1 million to the Hospital Clinic in Barcelona in order to help fight the coronavirus. Promoted ContentLittle Georgie Henley Has Grown Into A Beautiful Swan!11 Strange Facts About Your Favorite TV Shows5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The World’s 7 Most Spectacular Railway Stations6 Best ’90s Action Movies To Watch Today7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksMost Popular Movies With Sylvester StalloneThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesThe Best Cars Of All Timelast_img read more

England team is very diverse, have lot of respect for one another: Chris Jordan

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first_imgLONDON: England pacer Chris Jordan has said the cricket team has a lot of respect for one another despite their different backgrounds and added that in the fight against racism, everyone has a role to play.There have been mass protests against racism following the death of George Floyd. Players have expressed their support to the ‘Black Lives Matter’ campaign which has erupted following the death of Floyd — an African-American — in police custody in the United States. Jordan, 31, missed out on a place in last year’s World Cup-winning squad but told Sky Sports News’ David Fulton that the inclusion of players like star fast bowler Jofra Archer, spinner Adil Rashid and all-rounder Moeen Ali sets an example for social diversity in sport. “Speaking from that team’s point of view, what you see is what you get,” said Jordan, who was named in England’s 55-man training squad last month. “It is very diverse and in general that’s actually well led by Morgy (captain Eoin Morgan). “We embrace the fact that everyone has come from different backgrounds, we embrace the fact that everyone has different values and stuff like that and we actually play as one. We speak about those things openly and if anything like that was to transpire, people are called out on it for sure. You can only look on the pitch and off the pitch at the camaraderie that the entire team has, in that whole dressing room. “We have so much respect and love for one another and that transpires onto the field but most importantly I think it’s genuine and that’s the key to it. “We all have that role to play in terms of that awareness and that policing and that continuation to be anti-racist. “That is definitely not an issue in the England team and if anything it leads the way in terms of how diverse the entire team is, so it’s a good example to follow.” England will host the West Indies for a three-match Test series amid coronavirus pandemic. IANS Also watch: Evening Bulletin | 8th June, 2020last_img read more

Thomas, Paul, Powell the focus of CPL-produced films

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first_imgEMERGING West Indies stars Keemo Paul, Rovman Powell and Oshane Thomas will be featured in a series of films developed in part by the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL).The Hero CPL has worked with Trombone Productions and Sunset+Vine to create films that tell the stories of these most exciting of Caribbean cricketers.In each film, these talented young men travel back to their home towns to meet the people who helped them become the cricketers they are today.“We also hear from some of the superstar cricketers who they have played with in their career, with the likes of Chris Gayle, Andre Russell and Shoaib Malik giving us their thoughts on these players,” CPL said.Oshane Thomas visits the site of his brother’s murder, talks about how this impacted on his life and how he overcame this to become an international cricketer.Keemo Paul grew up in a tiny fishing village on the Essequibo River. His house had no running water and no electricity. It is more than 30 miles from the nearest road. This is where he first learned to play cricket, and the film takes viewers back to visit the community that made him the man he is today, and somewhere he still calls home.Rovman Powell takes the cameras to meet his mother who raised him and his sister on her own, sometimes working three jobs to give him the start he needed to excel at cricket.“When documenting sports people it is their on-field talent that is usually the focus, but behind every successful athlete is a story of where they came from, the people who made their careers possible and the defining moments in their lives that give them the drive and focus to become the best in the world at what they do,” said CPL’s Head of Production, Paul Pritchett-Brown.“It was a privilege to be able to go to where these impressive young men came from and to tell their stories.”You can watch the first of these films featuring Oshane Thomas via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=915x1fBODE0.All three films will be available on the Caribbean Premier League YouTube and Facebook pages. They will be premiered on the following dates: Keemo Paul – May 22, 2020, Rovman Powell – June 5, 2020. (Sportsmax).last_img read more