Iran’s Regime is a Threat to International Financial System, Group Says

first_imgBy ShareAmerica February 27, 2020 Iran needs to be essentially blacklisted from participating in the international financial system after the regime refused to implement restrictions against terrorist financing, an international watchdog group said February 21.The Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF) had given Iran’s regime a February deadline to enact restrictions against money laundering and terrorist financing. But the regime declined to take adequate steps, and FATF is cautioning against investment.The “FATF will remain concerned with the terrorist financing risk emanating from Iran and the threat this poses to the international financial system,” the 37-member organization said in a February 21 statement.FATF noted that Iran’s regime committed to implementing reforms in June 2016 but has declined to adopt international standards. North Korea is the only other country that FATF deems “high-risk,” essentially blacklisting it from the international financial system.The United States commended the FATF action. “The regime needs to adhere to the basic standards that virtually every other country in the world agrees to,” U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a February 21 statement.“Iran must cease its reckless behavior and act like a normal nation if it wants its isolation to end,” he said.The United States is using economic sanctions to deny Iran’s regime the revenue it would use to fund U.S.-designated terrorist groups, such as Hezbollah and Hamas, and the regime’s own Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has even acknowledged that the regime’s failure to curb money laundering deters investment and called for compliance with FATF rules.But Rouhani’s call for compliance with international anti-terrorist financing standards belies the fact that he has been part of the problem. In 2019, Rouhani pulled billions from Iran’s National Development Fund to support the regime’s IRGC.last_img read more

Syracuse’s historic season ends with loss to Georgetown on penalty kicks

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. — Jordan Murrell lowered his head when Syracuse’s third-round NCAA tournament game ended, looking away from his missed penalty kick and avoiding the sight of Georgetown’s celebration.On Sunday at Georgetown’s North Kehoe Field, Syracuse brought another ranked opponent — the No. 3-seed Hoyas — to the brink of an upset. But that upset was put on hold when Georgetown tied the game 1-1 with five minutes remaining in regulation. And after two extra-time periods, the upset bid ended when Georgetown goalkeeper Tomas Gomez smothered Murrell’s shot, securing a 4-2 advantage in penalty kicks and a spot in the Elite Eight for the Hoyas.“I just looked and groaned,” Murrell said. “That’s just how the game is sometimes — it’s tough, but everyone felt like we could’ve been the ones celebrating today.”Instead, the group of orange-clad visiting fans had to celebrate the end of Syracuse’s most successful season in program history. SU never won an NCAA tournament game and last made an appearance in 1984. This year’s team — coming off a three-win season in 2011 — upset Cornell and Virginia Commonwealth last week to reach the Sweet 16 and nearly advanced again.But Syracuse didn’t do enough on Sunday to keep its historic season alive.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFifteen minutes after a well-timed pass by Murrell to the head of Jordan Vale gave Syracuse a 1-0 lead in the 29th minute, head coach Ian McIntyre seemingly erased his offensive scheme in favor of a “packed-in” approach on defense.That allowed the Hoyas to take over in the second half.Georgetown never let SU expand on that early lead. The Hoyas attempted 16 shots to Syracuse’s four in regulation, but McIntyre said he thought his plan was effective enough to win.“For the most part, we thought we did a good job limiting them to shots they didn’t want to take,” McIntyre said. “That strategy is something we’ve used against teams like Cornell before with success, so we did it again.”McIntyre’s defense-first strategy foiled the Hoyas for 84 minutes.But in the 85th minute, Georgetown’s Brandon Allen regained possession of a ball he tried to shoot deep in the Syracuse box. Allen found enough open space to hit a left-footed shot past SU goalkeeper Alex Bono to tie the game at 1-1 with five minutes left in regulation.It meant Syracuse’s choice to sacrifice its second-half offense backfired. And senior captain Ted Cribley said it signaled the change in momentum in a game that would prove to be his last.“We tried not to focus on what just happened, but it was tough,” Cribley said. “You have to regroup and we tried not to let those thoughts about how close we came overcome us. It wasn’t easy.”Syracuse had persevered after Allen’s backbreaking score for 20 more minutes and was rewarded with a winner-take-all scenario in penalty kicks. And with the stable of goal-scorers at his disposal, it could’ve been the chance McIntyre needed to pull away from the Hoyas.But the head coach sent Juuso Pasanen, a freshman who did not appear in regulation or either overtime period, to start the shootout instead of a proven goal-scorer like Tony Asante or Louis Clark.Pasanen missed the goal entirely, putting Syracuse at a disadvantage it would never recover from.“Penalty kicks are sort of like the lottery,” McIntyre said in defense of using Pasanen in the critical situation. “We go with who wants a penalty kick the most, and that’s who we send out there.”Georgetown never missed on its first four attempts, though. When Murrell — the fourth Syracuse shooter — misfired on his attempt, it secured the Hoyas’ win.With the ball in his hands, Gomez sprinted by Murrell and past midfield. There, a pile of Georgetown players greeted him — a moment Murrell thought Syracuse could’ve had again, but it wasn’t meant to be.“It’s disappointing to know that it’s over,” Murrell said. “This season was amazing, and we lost to an amazing opponent. I guess it fits, but you never want it to stop.” Comments Published on November 26, 2012 at 2:57 am Contact Nick: [email protected] | @nicktoneytweets Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Celebrity moments were plentiful at Super Bowl

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Harvey put his head down and tried to cover up his face before bumping into Smith, who played for several teams including the Atlanta Hawks and Miami Heat. The two embraced each other with a handshake before both walked into the suite.Harvey, who hosted the NFL Honors on Saturday, shared the same suite with Jon Hamm, Swizz Beatz and Camila Mendes. They were only a couple doors away from Maroon 5 and Big Boi, who performed at halftime of the game.“I loved Maroon 5′s performance. They rocked it,” said retired NFL player Curtis Martin, who played for the New York Jets and Patriots. “Travis (Scott) and Big Boi was amazing too. I liked how they mixed things up. Big gave that ATL flavor.”Director Peter Berg said Maroon 5′s frontman Adam Levine “really delivered.”Asked what Berg’s best moment was: “When he took his shirt off. I was like ‘Damn, looking good.’”___KEY STAR-STRUCKKeegan-Michael Key is a celebrity in his own right, but the actor-comedian still gets star-struck when hanging around NFL players.“The thing is being backstage with a lot of them. You turn the corner and it’s like ’Oh, there’s J.J. Watt. Oh, nice to meet you. Oh, there goes Barry Sanders running around. It’s nice to be behind-the-scenes. You get to meet a lot of the players. I’m such an NFL fan.”Key, who starred in the Comedy Central series “Key & Peele,” said his favorite player Charles Woodson played a role in the “East-West College Bowl” skit. Woodson won a Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers in 2011. “We met last year for the first time, and it was an important time,” Key said. “He gave us so much inspiration for that episode.”Key hopes he can one day see Beyonce sing the national anthem and perform during halftime at the same Super Bowl. She was a halftime performer in 2013 and 2016.“Now, that would be awesome if she could pull that off,” he said. “I really want to see her make that happen. I think she can. I mean, she’s Beyonce.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Both Knight and Chloe x Halle put on strong performances. They have been surrounded by the controversy after some have boycotted the NFL over treatment of Colin Kaepernick, the former quarterback who protested racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem.While some performers declined participation in the Super Bowl, Knight said she hoped her anthem would unite people.Maroon 5, Travis Scott and Big Boi will headline the halftime show at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.___JAMIE FOXX TAKES SELFIES WITH CIVIL RIGHTS ICONSADVERTISEMENT Jamie Foxx took several selfies with civil rights pioneers John Lewis and Andrew Young on the sidelines before kickoff at Super Bowl 53.After taking pictures with them, Foxx shook Lewis and Young’s hand then told them they inspire him. Lewis and Young were sitting in the back of the golf cart while Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s youngest daughter Bernice King sat in the front.Beforehand, Foxx strolled down the sideline and took videos of the crowd at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium as many chanted his name before the New England Patriots faced the Los Angeles Rams in Atlanta on Sunday. The Oscar-winning actor said he is a longtime fan of the Dallas Cowboys, but he is rooting for the Patriots.“I’m going with Tom Brady today,” Foxx said. “I think he’s going to pull it off.”Foxx bet on the right quarterback — Brady’s Patriots defeated the Rams 13-3.Foxx said he’s been coming to the Super Bowl for many years calling each time a “different experience.” He performed at the Maxim party that also featured Future and Diplo on Saturday night.“Every year, it’s special. It’s great. It’s nothing like football,” he said.___CELEBS & ATHLETES MINGLEActor-comedian Steve Harvey and ex-NBA player Steve Smith were among the celebs and athletes who mingled during Super Bowl 53. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Super Bowl ads heavy on humor, surprises and… robots MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., left, former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young and entertainer Jamie Foxx, right, speak on the sidelines before the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. The Patriots won 13-3. (AP Photo/Jonathan Landrum Jr)ATLANTA — Not everyone is watching Super Bowl 53 for the love of football — celebrities are a big part of the day, too. Here’s a breakdown of what is happening with entertainers on Sunday in Atlanta.___ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES GLADYS KNIGHT, CHLOE X HALLE FILLED WITH JOYGladys Knight was all smiles as she blew kisses to everyone, and Chloe x Halle were almost speechless after their pregame performance at Super Bowl 53.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsKnight called her rendition of the “The Star-Spangled Banner” an “exciting moment” and “one to remember” in the tunnel of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, where the New England Patriots played the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday in Atlanta. The 74-year-old singer was all smiles as she thanked everyone who supported her through the controversy involving performers who were criticized for performing at the NFL’s marquee game.Before Knight performed, the R&B sister duo Chloe x Halle sang “America the Beautiful.” The group said their experience was “wonderful” and were “thankful to God” for the opportunity. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View commentslast_img read more

Washougal crime scene cleared

first_imgInvestigators work the scene Dec. 8, 2011, where a day earlier Steven Stanbary held police and firefighters off with a gun while his house burned to the ground in Washougal. WASHOUGAL– A black metal mailbox stands in front of an empty, grassy lot. Inside, a slightly discolored search warrant is nestled in a plastic sleeve.Elsewhere on the empty property in a quiet Washougal neighborhood, two charred trees still stand, living reminders of an unprecedented tragedy that lingers in the minds of neighbors and a city that’s worked to remove every last piece of a brutal double homicide and suicide that took place there.Nearly a year since Steven Stanbary killed his wife, her sister and himself, setting his house on fire and blasting away with high-powered rifles at police officers, most of the remnants of that day have finally been carted off. Three vehicles once belonging to Steven Stanbary were removed this week by surviving family members, the city said.With the vehicles’ removal, a once unthought-of ordeal is finally reaching a conclusion, Sherry Montgomery said. She is Washougal’s code enforcement officer. The city has never encountered a similar situation, she said, in which a visible crime scene took so long to clear.The reason the full cleanup took almost a year was because the city was “unclear who the responsible party was for a long time,” Montgomery said. “It became a shell game dealing with the banks.”last_img read more