Australian judge: Suggested China links defamed billionaire

first_imgCANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A Chinese-Australian billionaire has been awarded $450,000 in damages after winning his defamation case over an a state broadcaster’s investigation that suggested he was a member of the Chinese Communist Party who bribed Australia lawmakers to make decisions in China’s interests. Chau Chak Wing sued Australian Broadcasting Corp. and Fairfax Media over the investigation broadcast on the “Four Corners” program and published in newspapers in 2017. The court rejected two of his claims but found four of them were defamatory. The ABC and Nine Entertainment were considering whether to appeal. The publishers had previously had their truth defense struck out, leaving only the question of whether Chau’s claims had been suggested in their reporting.last_img

Fan pens book at age 10

first_imgWriting a book is nothing short of impressive. Penning 100 pages and publishing that work at age 10 is extraordinary. Jake Keyes, an 11-year-old native of Spokane, Wash., visited the Notre Dame campus this past weekend not only to see the Pittsburgh game, but also to sign copies of his recent publication, “The Little Gipper’s Welcome to Notre Dame Football.” The book was published on Oct. 15 and became available at the Hammes Bookstore on Oct. 29. “I think this is a great book for younger readers who want to get more information about Notre Dame football,” Jake said. “I’ll look back at it [writing a book] and I probably still won’t believe that I did it.” The book is organized into chapters about Notre Dame football coaches, Heisman trophy winners and other great players, historic games and some campus landmarks. Not previously associated with Notre Dame in any way, Jake, who celebrated his 11th on Oct. 29, said his love of Notre Dame football stemmed from a three-day Basic Skills football camp he attended in South Bend in the summer of 2010. Jake’s father Mike Keyes said he cannot remember exactly how he heard about the camp but decided to enroll his son. The pair, along with Mike Keyes’ father-in-law, flew halfway across the country to attend the camp, run by Notre Dame football players and coaches. “We just had a really nice time,” Keyes said. “That kind of changed [Jake’s] life.” While at Notre Dame, Jake said he visited the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore. “When I was at the Hammes Bookstore, I looked around at all the great football books, but I didn’t really see any for my age group,” he said. “[And I thought] Well, why can’t I do this? And I just started to write a book.” Once he was struck with the idea, Jake said he just really wanted to finish it. “It took me about a year [to write],” Jake said. “It took up a lot of time and it was a lot of work, but I had fun doing it.” Jake also included many Notre Dame pictures in his book. He used some pictures from the Internet, he said, and his dad retrieved some others from the Notre Dame Archives.last_img read more

The first Festival of Intangible Cultural Heritage, Tourist Events, Attractions and Destinations will be held in Vukovar

first_imgOn Friday, December 22, at the press conference held in Zagreb, in the Croatian House “Mother’s Story”, the 1st Festival of Intangible Cultural Heritage, Tourist Events, Attractions and Destinations “ALL TOGETHER CROATIA BEST “Which will be held in Vukovar, from 3 to 6 May 2018.The festival was presented in anticipation of the beginning of the new year, 2018, which is also the European Year of Cultural Heritage, and its uniqueness is that it is the first Croatian festival to present protected Croatian intangible cultural heritage located on the national and UNESCO. list, with the most attractive tourist events, attractions and destinations from all over Croatia.”We are especially glad that our Vukovar will host this, the 1st Festival of Intangible Cultural Heritage, tourist events, attractions and destinations. Vukovar-Srijem County is the national winner of the European Destination of Excellence with the project Vukovar – Vučedol – Ilok, and with the fact that our city and county is especially rich in tourist facilities, we are pleased to host our colleagues, tourism workers and many guests from all over. parts of Croatia. With this project we confirm that Vukovar is a city of togetherness, positive energy and with this message we start preparing for the festivaland “, said Rujana Bušić Srpak, director of the Vukovar-Srijem County Tourist Board, at the presentation. Representatives of the City of Vukovar and Vukovar-Srijem County agreed that this festival is of great value for the city of Vukovar, which will become a real tourist center from 3 to 6 May 2018, and the number of events that apply for presentation within the 1st Festival intangible cultural heritage, tourist events, attractions and destinations “ALL TOGETHER CROATIA BEST”, is growing day by day.Zvonimir’s Days, Knin, International Lace Festival, Pag, Krk Fair from Krk, Porcijunkulovo, Čakovec, Kupske noći, Sisak, Dalmatian Klapa Festival, Omiš, Ogulin Fairy Tale Festival, Ogulin, Thrill blues Festival, Trilj, Kaj will be presented in Vukovar. our ancestors, Vrbovec, Đakovo embroideries and many other events ate, and the participation of Croatian events from the diaspora was announced.last_img read more

Ride to Remember registration open, itinerary released

first_imgBatesville, In. — The “9th Annual Ride to Remember” will be held June 8 and 9 in honor of several fallen soldiers with local connections.Here is a list of fallen heroes:Army SGT Chad L. Keith, 21, of Batesville 7/7/2003Army SGT James D. Faulkner, 23, of Clarksville 9/8/2004Army SGT Matthew L. Deckard, 29, of Corydon 9/16/2005Army SGT. Steven P. Mennemeyer, 26, of Granite City, IL 8/8/2006Army PFC Anthony P. Seig, 19, of Sunman 9/9/2006Army SSGT Robert J. Montgomery, 29, of Scottsburg 5/22/2007Army SGT Kenneth “KR” Booker, 25, of Vevay 11/14/2007Army NG SPC Jonathan D. Menke, 22, of Madison 8/4/2008Army NG SPC Carlos E. Wilcox IV, 27of, Cottage Grove, MN 7/16/2009Marine CPL Dustin L. Turpen, 27, of, Bedford 1/31/2010Army SGT Jonathan K. Peney, 22, of Ft. Lauderdale, FL 6/1/2010Marine CPL John C. Bishop, 25, of Columbus 9/8/2010Army SPC Zachary S. Salmon, 21, of Lawrenceburg 1/12/2011Marine LCPL Hunter “HD” Hogan, 21, of Norman 6/23/2012Marine CPL Jordan L. Spears, 21, of Memphis 10/1/2014Marine LCPL Jacky R. Koenig, JR, 20, of North Vernon 4/9/2017“Ride to Remember” T-shirts are available now and on the day of the event. All proceeds benefit the families.The two-day event is more than 300- miles with LEO (Law Enforcement Officer) support where available. Participants can the entire trip, or portions.Itinerary for Saturday, June 8, 2019Assuming ideal road conditions our approximate route of travel is online here.**Please note that addresses and times are approximate.**Stage Location: Liberty Park located at 716 S. Park Ave. Batesville, IN 47006Stage Time: 7:00 – 7:15 with a ride briefing at 7:15SGT Chad L. Keith will be Honored from 8:00 to 8:30. KSU at 8:30. Location: Liberty Park, 716 S. Park Ave., Batesville, IN 47006. (Sgt. Keith is buried at Arlington National Cemetery)PFC Anthony P. Seig will be Honored from 9:00 to 9:30. KSU at 9:30. Location: Memorial Site 24017 Weisburg Road, Sunman, IN 47041.We will make a brief stop for gas, restroom, and refreshments at the Road Dog in Aurora at 10:00. KSU up at 10:20. The address is: 606 Green Blvd, Aurora, IN 47001.SPC Zachary S. Salmon will be Honored from 10:45 – 11:15. KSU at 11:30. Location: Riverview Cemetery, 3635 E. Laughery Creek Rd., Aurora, IN 47001.SGT Kenneth R. Booker will be Honored from 12:00 – 12:30. KSU at 12:30. Location: Slawson Cemetery, Bennington Pike, Bennington, IN 47011.We will break for lunch at Ponderosa’s located at 327 Clifty Drive Madison, IN 47250 from 1:00 – 2:30. KSU at 2:30.SPC Jonathan D. Menke, will be Honored from 2:45 – 3:15. KSU at 3:15. Location: Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1415 MSH North Gate Rd. Madison, IN 47250.SSGT Robert J. Montgomery will be Honored from 4:00 – 4:30. Location: Scottsburg Cemetery, 499* S. Railroad St., Scottsburg, IN 47170.Marine CPL Jordan L. Spears will be Honored from 5:00 – 5:30. Location: Sellersburg American Legion Post #204 412 N. New Albany Ave, Sellersburg, IN 47172.This will conclude the activities for Saturday, as we will continue South to the Best Western Green Tree Inn for the evening.The Best Western Green Tree Inn is located at:1425 Broadway Street, Clarksville, IN, 47129phone: 812-288-9281A block of 25 non-smoking, double queen rooms have been reserved for the Indiana Patriot Guard that evening at a rate of $91.79 plus tax. There is a $10 per person surcharge for more than 2 people per room. Reservations need to be made by May 31st. For more information call 602-509-7144.The itinerary for Sunday, June 9 is as follows:Staging at the Best Western Green Tree Inn in Clarksville begins at 7 a. m.Assuming ideal road conditions our approximate route of travel is online here.Depart the hotel at 7:30.Army NG SPC Carlos Wilcox IV, Army SGT Jonathan K. Peney, Army SGT Matthew L. Deckard, and Army SGT Steven P. Mennemeyer will be Honored from 8:00 – 8:45. KSU at 8:45. Location: New Albany National Cemetery, 1943 Ekin Ave., New Albany, IN 47150.Army SGT James D. Faulkner will be Honored from 9:00 – 9:30. KSU at 9:30. Location: Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park, 2778 Charlestown Rd., New Albany, IN 47150.We will stop briefly at the Marathon Station in Greenville prior to Bartlesville for a restroom break and gas. The address is: 9255 U.S. 150, Greenville, IN 47124.Marine CPL Dustin L. Turpen will be Honored from 11:30 – 12:00. KSU at 12:00. Location: Bartlettsville Christian Church Cemetery, 3925 Dunn Bridge Rd. Heltonville, IN (Bartlettsville, IN) 47436.Brownstown will be our lunch stop for Sunday from approximately 12:30 – 2:00. Lunch will consist of a pizza buffet provided by Blondies Pizzeria & Pub for $10 per person. The address is:  100 S Main St, Brownstown, IN 47220Marine LCPL Hunter “HD” Hogan will be Honored from 2:00 – 3:15. KSU at 3:15. Location: Veteran’s Memorial at Jackson County Court House, 111 South Main, Brownstown, IN 47220.Marine LCPL Jacky R. Koenig will be Honored from 4:00 – 4:30. KSU at 4:30. Location: Vernon Cemetery, 315 S. Pike St. Vernon, IN 47265.The final stop will honor Marine CPL John C. Bishop will be Honored from 5:00 – 5:30. At the Cliff Hill Cemetery, 210 North Monroe St. Versailles, IN 47042.The purpose of the event is to Honor all Veterans, past, present, and future, but ultimately we Honor those men and women who have given the Ultimate Sacrifice from the most recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. All Gold Star families are invited to all events.For more information please click here.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgRussell Henley, Wyndham Clark, Kyoung-Hoon Lee, Harold Varner III and Adam Schenk are tied for second at 4 under.Rory McIlroy, Patrick Cantlay, Jason Day and Bryson DeChambeau are in the mix at 3 under.Tiger Woods eagled his first hole and added two birdies on his opening front nine, but he closed with a bogey to fall to 2 under.LPGA-WOMEN’S AUSTRALIAN OPENEwart Shadoff leads Women’s Australian Open ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Jodi Ewart Shadoff has shot a 7-under 66 to take the lead in the first round of the Women’s Australian Open.Ewart Shadoff had seven birdies in her round of 66 at Royal Adelaide, giving her a one-stroke edge over U.S. Open champion Jeongeun Lee6 and Inbee Park. Marina Alex, Amy Olson and Jillian Hollis were tied for fourth with 68s and defending champion Nelly Korda is three off the pace.TOKYO OLYMPICS-VIRUSTokyo, IOC officials reiterate that the Olympics are onTOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers are reiterating that the 2020 Games will not be waylaid by the virus spreading from neighboring China. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWSAstros’ Bregman, Altuve apologize for sign-stealing schemeUNDATED (AP) — Houston Astros infielders Alex Bregman and José Altuve (al-TOO’-vay) have apologized on behalf of the ballclub for its sign-stealing scheme that was investigated and punished by Major League Baseball. The President will serve as grand marshal and give the command for drivers to start their engines. He’s the first sitting president since George W. Bush in 2004 to attend the race.The Federal Aviation Administration issued a flight restriction for Sunday. The U.S. Secret Service also tweeted to fans that drones are prohibited within 30 miles of the race in Daytona Beach, a restriction put in place for presidential visits. — Vladislav Namestnikov (nah-MEHST’-nih-kahf), Nick Paul and Brady Tkachuk furnished the Senators’ goals in a 3-2 victory against the Coyotes. Marcus Hogberg handled 32 shots as Ottawa dealt Arizona to its ninth loss in 11 games.— Wayne Simmonds provided two goals while the Devils scored four times in a four-minute span of the third period to beat the Red Wings, 4-1. Andy Greene and Jesper Bratt also tallied to support Mackenzie Blackwood, who made 25 saves in winning for the fourth time in five games.NASCAR-DUEL RACESLogano takes opening duel raceDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Joey Logano has won the first qualifying race for the Daytona 500 for the second consecutive year. UNDATED (AP) — The NBA has fined Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George $35,000 for critical comments toward the officiating after his team’s loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday.George pointed out the Clippers were called for eight more fouls than Philadelphia in the 76ers’ 110-103 win at home, referring to that disparity as “home-court cooking.”This is the fifth fine and stiffest financial penalty given to George for commenting on officials.In other NBA news:— Suns guard Devin Booker is headed to his first NBA All-Star Game, replacing injured Trail Blazers backcourt ace Damian Lillard. Booker was chosen by Commissioner Adam Silver after feeling snubbed by voters and coaches when he didn’t make the original list for Sunday’s game in Chicago. Lillard injured his groin on Wednesday night. Bregman said at a news conference Thursday that he is “really sorry.” Altuve said there was a full team meeting Wednesday to discuss what happened.Astros owner Jim Crane and new manager Dusty Baker — who replaced the fired AJ Hinch — also spoke at the news conference at the team’s spring training facility in West Palm Beach, Florida.Crane raised eyebrows when he said: “Our opinion is that this didn’t impact the game. We had a good team. We won the World Series. And we’ll leave it at that.”MLB didn’t punish any players for the cheating and Crane said the team wouldn’t, either. However, former Houston outfielder Carlos Beltran was forced out of his new job as manager of the Mets following his role in the sign-stealing process.Commissioner Rob Manfred disciplined the Astros after he found the team broke rules by using electronics to steal signs during its run to the 2017 World Series championship and again in the 2018 season. — Jennifer Hudson will be at the NBA All-Star Game to honor Kobe Bryant with her voice. The two-time Grammy winner and Oscar winner will perform just before Sunday night’s player introductions. It will be a tribute to Bryant, his daughter Gianna and the seven other victims of the helicopter crash that took their lives in Southern California last month.NCAA-SOUTH CAROLINA-BASKETBALLNCAA finds serious infractions committed by GamecocksCOLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina has become the latest school to receive an NCAA notice of allegations over the federal probe into college basketball.Athletic director Ray Tanner says the school received the notice about a violation alleged to have been commited by former assistant coach Lamont Evans, who worked for coach Frank Martin for four seasons from 2015-16. Associated Press Update on the latest sports The NCAA has categorized the infraction as Level I, the most serious of its violations and what it calls a “severe breach of conduct.”Evans moved on to Oklahoma State and has admitted to accepting $22,000 in bribes as a college assistant to connect players with runner Christian Dawkins and others hoping to represent them after college. Evans was sentenced this past June to three months in prison.NHL-SCHEDULEUNDATED (AP) — Yanni Gourde (YAH’-nee gohrd) has scored again after going 35 consecutive games without a goal.Gourde has a two-game goal streak after providing a short-handed tally in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s ninth straight win, 3-1 over the Edmonton Oilers. The goal broke a 1-1 tie in the second period and sent the Bolts to their 10th consecutive home win. February 13, 2020 In other MLB news:— Diamondbacks right-handed pitcher Mike Leake has a fracture on his non-throwing wrist but still hopes to be ready for the beginning of the regular season. The 32-year-old Leake had an MRI on Wednesday and said it revealed an old fracture that was aggravated by a fall while he was chasing his dog.— Major league teams improved to 5-1 in salary arbitration this year when the Red Sox beat pitcher Eduardo Rodríguez Thursday. He will earn $8.3 million rather than his request for $8,975,000. The right-hander was a career-best 19-6 with a 3.81 ERA in 34 starts last season, when he made $4,325,000.— Boston manager Ron Roenicke (REHN’-ih-kee) says injured second baseman Dustin Pedroia won’t report to spring training with the rest of the position players next week. Pedroia has played in just nine games the last two seasons while trying to recover from an injury he sustained in May of 2017 when Baltimore’s Manny Machado slid spikes-high into his knee.— The Dodgers have agreed to pay pitcher Kenta Maeda’s (mah-EH’-dah) a $1 million assignment bonus as part of his trade to the Twins. Los Angeles also agreed to pay the Twins $3 million to cover part of Maeda’s salary and reimburse Minnesota for up to $7 million of his earned bonuses, according to information obtained by The Associated Press. — Right-handed pitcher Taijuan Walker says he is fully recovered and excited to be back with his original team, the Seattle Mariners. Walker has appeared in only four games since undergoing Tommy John surgery in April 2018 and a shoulder injury last May.— Right-hander Brad Boxberger and utilityman Sean Rodriguez have agreed to terms on minor league deals with the Marlins that include invitations to spring training. Boxberger went 1-3 with a 5.40 ERA for the Royals last year. Rodriguez batted .223 in 76 games for the 2019 Phillies.— Free agent outfielder Jarrod Dyson has finalized a $2 million deal with the Pirates. Dyson hit .230 with seven home runs and 27 RBIs in 130 games with the Diamondbacks last season.NBA-NEWSClippers’ Paul George fined $35,000 for criticizing refs Andrei Vasilevskiy (va-sih-LEHV’-skee) stopped 29 shots and improved to 18-0-2 in his past 20 starts. Pat Maroon and Cedric Paquette also scored for the Lightning, who won despite playing without top two scorers Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov.Elsewhere on NHL ice:— The Flyers rolled to a 6-2 win over the Panthers as James van Riemsdyk (REEMZ’-dyk) had a goal and two assists. Carter Hart made 26 saves for his first road win in eight games, helping Philadelphia improve to 9-3-1 in its last 13 games.— Tyler Seguin (SAY’-gihn) snapped a 17-game goal drought and Ben Bishop made 27 saves in the Stars’ 3-2 victory over the Maple Leafs. Denis Gurianov (gur-ee-AH’-nahv) and Radek Faksa (FAK’-sah) also scored to help Dallas earn its third straight win.— Victor Olofsson’s second goal of the night was the game-winner as the Sabres downed the Blue Jackets, 4-3 in overtime. Jack Eichel (EYE’-kul) ended his five-game goal drought and had two assists after Columbus took a 2-0 lead. Logano led 19 laps in the No. 22 Ford for Team Penske in Thursday night’s 60-lap qualifying race that sets the field for the Daytona 500. He will start from the second row in Sunday’s season opener.PGA-RIVIERAKuchar leads at RivieraLOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Kuchar (KOO’-chur) is the leader through one round of the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles.Kuchar birdied his first two holes and never let up until in a 7-under 64 that gave him a three-stroke lead. Organizing committee president Yoshiro Mori says he wants to make it clear again that “we are not considering a cancellation or postponement of the games.”The coronavirus has wiped out track meets, golf tournaments, soccer matches and almost all sports in China. It is also keeping Chinese athletes from traveling to qualify.TRUMP-DAYTONA 500Trump to attend Daytona 500WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House spokesman has confirmed that President Donald Trump will attend NASCAR’s season-opening Daytona 500. He is scheduled to spend part of the Presidents Day weekend at his private club in Palm Beach, Florida.last_img read more