Mar 10

Thursday, July 3, 2014 

Ian Narev, the CEO of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, this morning “unreservedly” apologised to clients who lost money in a scandal involving the bank’s financial planning services arm.

Last week, a Senate enquiry found financial advisers from the Commonwealth Bank had made high-risk investments of clients’ money without the clients’ permission, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars lost. The Senate enquiry called for a Royal Commission into the bank, and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

Mr Narev stated the bank’s performance in providing financial advice was “unacceptable”, and the bank was launching a scheme to compensate clients who lost money due to the planners’ actions.

In a statement Mr Narev said, “Poor advice provided by some of our advisers between 2003 and 2012 caused financial loss and distress and I am truly sorry for that. […] There have been changes in management, structure and culture. We have also invested in new systems, implemented new processes, enhanced adviser supervision and improved training.”

An investigation by Fairfax Media instigated the Senate inquiry into the Commonwealth Bank’s financial planning division and ASIC.

Whistleblower Jeff Morris, who reported the misconduct of the bank to ASIC six years ago, said in an article for The Sydney Morning Herald that neither the bank nor ASIC should be in control of the compensation program.

Mar 10

Saturday, December 29, 2007 


Corruption-related charges have been brought against Jacob Zuma, the newly-elected leader of the African National Congress (ANC), according to his lawyer. A trial is scheduled to begin on August 14, 2008.

The charges stem from an arms deal with a French company, which is alleged to have involved bribes and fraud. Zuma’s financial adviser at the time, Schabir Shaik, was convicted in 2005 of attempting to solicit a bribe of US$72,500 per year from the arms company on Zuma’s behalf and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Zuma was fired as deputy president in 2005 by South African President Thabo Mbeki due to the scandal.

Two-term ANC leader Mbeki recently lost an ANC leadership contest to Jacob Zuma, who garnered about 60 percent of delegate votes in his win.

Zuma had been charged with corruption in 2005, but the case was dismissed on procedural grounds. Michael Hulley, Zuma’s defence lawyer, indicated that they will strongly contest the new charges in court. Hulley also suggested that the South African government’s National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and its anti-organised crime division known as The Scorpions, have carried out a smear campaign against Zuma.

“These charges will be vigorously defended, in the context of the belief that the Scorpions (NPA) have acted wrongly and with improper motive calculated to discredit Mr. Zuma and ensure that he play no leadership role in the political future of our country,” said Michael Hulley in a statement.

Given that the ANC has been the governing party in South Africa since the end of apartheid in 1994, it is likely that Jacob Zuma could become the next president after general elections in 2009. Zuma has said, however, that he would resign if he was found guilty by the courts.

Jan 17

How a Vehicle Tracking System Brings Up Your Bottom Line



A GPS vehicle tracking system is the perfect partner for any fleet company or transport business. Tracking systems have enabled hundreds of UK haulage concerns to drag their bottom lines up out of the depths and present much more agile end of year figures, thanks to the versatility of their controlling software.

The software in a GPS tracking system allows users to build meaningful reports as well as knowing where their fleet vehicles are. The reports, over time, give key information about where the fleet’s performance is dragging the bottom line down – and that’s when the vehicle tracking system starts doing more than just telling you the location of all your trucks.

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The tracking software is able to deliver real time alerts when any unauthorised vehicle activity occurs. This activity is defined as unauthorised by the user. Typical user defined activity thresholds may include blocking vehicle use beyond a specified amount of driving time, in order to comply with the Working Time Directive. Fleet companies can face heavy fines if their drivers are found to be driving more than the legal limit of hours in any given day, week, or month period. By using the vehicle tracking system software to alert company owners and managers to over use, the companies in question are able to avoid fines that used to be routine annoyances: annoyances, of course, that quickly added up to real financial burdens. The system can also set up geofences – pre determined areas into which a vehicle may not go. When a vehicle enters a proscribed area the system lets you know about it. A vehicle tracking system is able to assist fleet companies in devising and implementing a series of Key Performance Indicators – all of which are necessary to track the overall productivity and behaviour of the company as a whole. Once the GPS system is in place, the company can track the milestones it sets with KPIs and so raise the bottom line to a more acceptable average. Typical KPIs, all facilitated by the GPS tracking system, include: general operational costs (like fuel bills and maintenance); improved operational practice; and improved customer service. Operating costs go down when vehicles set off alarms through unauthorised use. They won’t be used in an unauthorised way if staff knows that doing so sets off an alarm with the vehicle tracking system. Operational practice improves when the system is used to electronically fill out time sheets: a function that also helps fleet owners keep an eye on the Working Time Directive side of things. Customer Service improves when the company is able to notify its customers when a delivery is in progress, or 15 minutes from destination. The parameters of the operating system are such that the owner company can set an alarm to go off when a vehicle is a specified time from destination – and then send an update to a waiting customer.

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Jan 17

Thursday, March 5, 2009 

US stock markets dropped to twelve-year lows on Thursday, amidst falling confidence in the financial sector and worries over whether the US automobile manufacturer General Motors will be able to keep operating.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped by 4.08%, or 280.52 points, at the closing bell, reaching a level of 6595.32, a new 12-year low. The Nasdaq Composite lost 54.15 points, or 4%, to 1299.59, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 plunged by 30.27 points, or 4.25%, closing at 682.60.

Every stock in the Dow Jones, other than Wal-Mart, either lost ground or remained even, and all stocks in the S&P 500 index lost ground.

General Motors’ shares lost 15.5% after the auto firm announced that its auditors had “substantial doubt” over whether it would be able to keep operating.

Shares of financial companies were lower by nine percent, with Bank of America losing 11.7% and Citigroup falling by 9.7%.

“What’s most worrisome is that we haven’t hit the crescendo yet,” said Bill Groeneveld, the head trader for vFinance Investments. “Asset-management divisions are getting calls to just liquidate everything, and we haven’t seen the big players come back in at all.”

“This is one of the worst bear markets in the last 100 years; it started out with the credit crisis and the subprime [loans], but it is like a forest fire that has raced across the clearing and ignited other parts: Autos, auto parts, the insurance companies have been hit very hard. The credit crisis is causing an unraveling of industry after industry because the banks don’t lend,” said David Dreman, the chief investment officer of Dreman Value Management.

European markets were also lower today, with the London’s FTSE index losing 3.2% and the DAX index of Germany falling by five percent.

Oct 11

Bombay Dyeing Bed Sheets with Price Options Online



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Online shopping for Bombay dyeing bed sheets, pillow covers or pillow cases, duvet covers, cushions has been helping people a lot these days. Online shopping allows shoppers to have a good look at the Bombay dyeing bed sheets images, designs, patterns, styles, prices, etc at a button s click on the sites, online. To complement the bedding and bed, you can also add an appropriately sized sofa cum bed also in the bedroom adding two nice looking cushions as well.

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Some people love to also flaunt ribbon work on cushions on their beds too these days. They look really great especially in the unique prints and designs they are available. If you have a bed in traditional style then you can opt for the Sanganeri cotton bed sheets, Sanganeri pillow covers and cushions. Even your sofa in classic style can be enhanced with these cushions and pillows. No second invitation is required with a name like Bombay Dyeing producing the best of double bed sheets, cushions, cushions covers and pillow covers.

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Oct 10

Monday, May 26, 2008 

The 27th Young Designers’ Exhibition 2008, recognized by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) as the largest show of student creations, recently ended Sunday May 18. It was held at the Taipei World Trade Center. Improvements and expansions were seen with 107 academical and industrial units. Different design competitions participated and showcased their products and also received awards.

It’s no doubt that companies related to design and cultural industries want to discover creative talents from academical units in this exhibition. However, most companies still try to showcase different conceptional and applicative products in order to promote Taiwan’s designs into the world market. A typical example is Fora Series, a photo-voltaic product series by the Tsann Kuen Trans-nation Group.

Before entering into their careers, students participated in this show and showcased varied styles that differ from the usual industrial businesspeople. To get more opportunities and in order to interact with the design and cultural industries, students also participated in vast competitions and tried to get the top places. Some students also tried to design conceptional products in conjunction with industrial designs, especially in some design competitions.

In summary, not only did the 2008 YODEX, have companies which can discover talents and showcase achievements of industrial design in the exhibition, but students can make their stages to showcase excellences from their creations in several competitions related to YODEX.

Roland MDX-540 design machine, often used in industrial design.Image: Rico Shen.

“EasTea / WesTea”, Gold Award winner from “2008 Wow Taiwan Design Award”.Image: Rico Shen.

“Rely On” the chair, designed by National Cheng-kung University, won the Gold Award in the product design of “2008 the 8th-annual Young Designers’ Competition”.Image: Rico Shen.

“Play”, a conceptional motorcycle by Suzuki.Image: Rico Shen.

Fora “Catch”, an energy-saving product applied with photovoltaic.Image: Rico Shen.

Not only “The 2011 IDA Congress”, the TDC also set up a conceptional sculpture to promote “The 2009 Taipei Cow Parade”.Image: Rico Shen.

Kun-shan University of Technology won “2008 the 8th-annual YODEX Interior Design Competition” with main theme “Beyond Reality”.Image: Rico Shen.

Chang-jung University participated in this exhibition with “Bamboo” theme.Image: Rico Shen.

Oct 9

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 

Two people were killed yesterday afternoon and another seriously injured in Västerås, Sweden. The injured man is considered a suspect in the knife attack and was arrested in hospital. Another man was arrested at the scene, which was an IKEA furniture retailer. According to police, the two fatalities do not have any obvious connection to the suspects, but did know each other. The motive is, thus far, unknown.

Police were called to the scene at 13:00 local time and found three stab victims. Initially, all three were considered victims, but the status of one has been changed to suspect. The other two, a man and a woman, subsequently died from their wounds. Police have said CCTV is helping in the investigation. Local newspaper Vestmanlands Läns Tidning (VLT) has reportedly posted footage of one of the suspects being tackled by police.

VLT has further claimed to have identified the two victims as a mother and son, aged 55 and 28 respectively. According to the paper, the victims were not local residents, but did have a connection with Västerås, where they were vacationing at the time of the attack, which a police spokesperson has called “an act of madness”((sv)).

“This is the worst working day of my life”((sv)), said Mattias Johansson, the store manager of IKEA in Västerås, to Sveriges Television. IKEA spokesperson Anna Pilkrona-Godden told BBC News, “Our thoughts are with those affected,” and said the store is closed for the time being.

Västerås is in central Sweden, approximately 115 km (70 miles) west from the capital Stockholm. The population is roughly 110 thousand.

Sep 24

Does Prison Break s Wentworth Miller have a new love?


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After keeping his love life private and discreet for years, actor Wentworth Miller, one of the leading cast members on Prison Break, was reportedly seen in the vicinity of West Hollywood with a possible new love, Amie Bice.

Prior to this incident, it was reported that the Prison Break actor attempted to extinguish rumors of his being gay and also disclosed that he has no time for love because of his hectic work schedule on the popular action-suspense series. However, he did say previously that he tries to go out every once in awhile to mingle and socialize. In fact, he aspires to settle down and have kids in the far future.

Miller, a 34-year old actor, got his degree in English Literature at Princeton University. Prior to his becoming one of the hottest celebrities on TV, he appeared on Dinotopia, Popular, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and The Human Stain among others.

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Miller s rumored new love, Bice, is said to be a thirty something student from Santa Monica College. According to news, the pair, who has been friends for several years, was spotted hanging out together at Starbucks. A video and a number of pictures even captured Miller with his arm around her. In addition, they had a romantic dinner and even went to his place after. Many speculate that Bice spent the night with Miller since she did not come out until morning.

Despite the apparent video and pictures, there is still no confirmation regarding the status of Miller s love life, whether or not Bice is his newfound love, since Miller has not explained himself yet to the media.

If the buzz is indeed true, that Bice is in fact Miller s girlfriend; thousands of Miller fans would probably be devastated with envy. On the other hand, this will certainly verify that Wentworth Miller is not gay.

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Sep 24

Hallo, ich bin hauptsächlich interessiert an der Geschichte der Napoleonischen Zeit und hier besonders der King’s German Legion. Der Name ist nicht soo gut, aber in der Eile der damaligen Anmeldung ist mir kein besserer eingefallen. Hängt wohl damit zusammen, daß ein weiteres großes Interessengebiet das Theater und die Oper ist.

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Sep 24

Tuesday, October 28, 2008 

Acting teacher and director Milton Katselas died Friday at age 75, after suffering from heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. He began the Beverly Hills Playhouse in 1978 and taught acting classes there to noted actors including George Clooney and Gene Hackman. Katselas is survived by a sister and two brothers.

Katselas directed an off-Broadway production of Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story, and received a Tony Award nomination for his 1969 direction of Butterflies are Free. Actress Blythe Danner won a Tony Award for her role in Butterflies are Free under Katselas’ direction. He moved to California to direct the film version of that play, and went on to direct films and television movies. Actress Eileen Heckart received an Academy Award for her role in the film version of Butterflies are Free.

Katselas directed the San Francisco and Los Angeles productions of the play P.S. Your Cat Is Dead! by playwright James Kirkwood, Jr. In his author’s notes in the publication of the script, Kirkwood acknowledged Katselas, and wrote that the plays were “directed with incredible energy and enthusiasm by Milton Katselas, to whom I am extremely indebted”.

Katselas directed the television movie Strangers: Story of a Mother and Daughter, and actress Bette Davis received an Emmy Award for her role in the movie. Katselas taught many famous actors including Michelle Pfeiffer, Richard Gere, Robert Duvall, Jack Lemmon, Al Pacino, Goldie Hawn, Christopher Walken, Burt Reynolds, George C. Scott, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Alec Baldwin, and Patrick Swayze. Katselas was credited with being able to nurture actors with raw talent so that they could develop strong Hollywood careers. He utilized innovative techniques in his courses – one course called “Terrorist Theatre” had a simple premise: successfully get an acting role within six weeks or leave the course.

He grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to parents who had immigrated from Greece, and graduated from Carnegie Mellon. He studied acting with Lee Strasberg in New York at the Actors Studio, and received advice from directors Joshua Logan and Elia Kazan.

Katselas was a prominent Scientologist, and a July 2007 profile on Katselas in The New York Times Magazine observed that some of his students stopped taking courses at the Beverly Hills Playhouse because they felt they had been pressured to join the Church of Scientology. According to the article, Katselas credited Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard “for much of his success in life”, and one of his students works at Scientology’s Celebrity Centre. The article commented that some in Los Angeles view the Beverly Hills Playhouse as “a recruitment center for Scientology”.

Katselas met L. Ron Hubbard after moving to California, and began studying Scientology in 1965. The New York Times Magazine reported that he had reached the level of “Operating Thetan, Level 5, or O.T. V.” in 2007. According to The New York Times Magazine when Scientologists proceed up the “The Bridge to Total Freedom” they learn the story of Xenu, and that: “75 million years ago the evil alien Xenu solved galactic overpopulation by dumping 13.5 trillion beings in volcanoes on Earth, where they were vaporized, scattering their souls.” A Church of Scientology publication, Source, lists Katselas as reaching O.T. V. in 1989.

Though some actors felt pressured to join the Church of Scientology after taking courses at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, at least one individual felt Katselas was not active enough with the organization. Actress Jenna Elfman left the Beverly Hills Playhouse because she felt Katselas was not committed enough to Scientology. Katselas had previously directed Elfman in half of Visions and Lovers: Variations on a Theme, two one-act plays about relationships that he had written himself. In 1999 Katselas had planned to adapt the script of Visions and Lovers to a film version, and Elfman was set to reprise her role from the play. In an article in Variety about the project, Elfman commented on her experience working with Katselas: “He is brilliant, and knows me so well as a person and an actress that he gets the most out of me.”

Other prominent Scientologist actors who have studied under Katselas include Giovanni Ribisi, Jason Lee, and Leah Remini. According to Rolling Stone, Katselas also recruited actress Kelly Preston to Scientology. Actress Nancy Cartwright (the voice of Bart Simpson), told Scientology publication Celebrity that Katselas motivated her to get more active in Scientology, and she stated she took the organization’s “Purification Rundown” and her life “took off completely”.

Anne Archer was introduced to Scientology while studying at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, as was former Scientologist and now outspoken critic actor Jason Beghe. Beghe told Roger Friedman of FOX News in April 2008 that “He [Katselas] gets kickbacks”, and that he was brought to a Scientology center by fellow Beverly Hills Playhouse classmate Bodhi Elfman, Jenna Elfman’s husband. In a 1998 article for Buzz Magazine, Randye Hoder wrote “In his class, Katselas is careful not to label anything as a tenet of Scientology, but there is no question that the church’s influence seeps into the playhouse.”

Anne Archer’s husband and fellow Scientologist, producer Terry Jastrow, commented to The New York Times Magazine that Katselas changed the way he experiences life on a day-to-day basis: “I go out in the world and look at human behavior now. I see a woman or man interacting with a saleslady, and I see the artistry in it. Life is an endless unspooling of art, of acting, of painting, of architecture. And where did I learn that? From Milton.”

Actor Anthony Head of Buffy the Vampire Slayer spoke highly of Katselas in a 2002 interview with San Francisco Chronicle: “He’s this wonderfully intuitive teacher and his premise is basically: The only real barriers are the ones we put in front of ourselves. If you say, ‘My character wouldn’t do that’ — bollocks! Ultimately it’s you who wouldn’t say that. Who knows what your character might do.” In the acknowledgements of her 2004 autobiography Are You Hungry, Dear?: Life, Laughs, and Lasagna, actress Doris Roberts wrote: “I thank my friend and acting teacher, the incredible Milton Katselas, for his insights, wisdom, and inspiration, which have helped make me the actress that I am.”

Katselas authored two books: Dreams Into Action: Getting What You Want, first published in 1996 by Dove Books, and Acting Class: Take a Seat, which came out earlier this month. Dreams Into Action, a New York Times Bestseller, sought to modify motivational acting exercises to the field of business.

In an interview in the 2007 book Acting Teachers of America, Katselas commented on his experiences as an acting teacher over the years: “I have very special teachers here at the Beverly Hills Playhouse—some have been with me for over twenty-five years. I believe that to make a difference over the long haul, we need to train teachers. I really care about the craft of acting. It’s absolutely necessary to take the time and patience to really develop an actor.”

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