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The Latest: Young Australian boy missing after van attack

The Latest: Young Australian boy missing after van attack

The Latest: Young Australian boy missing after van attack

BARCELONA, Spain – The latest attacks in Spain (all local):

5:15 a.m.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull urged people to pray for a missing Australian youth after a vehicular attack on a popular walk in Barcelona that killed 13 people.

Turnbull said on Saturday that the boy’s mother was seriously injured and is in a hospital after Friday’s attack on the Ramblas. Turnbull says the boy’s family is looking for him. He did not release the boy’s name.

Turnbull said: “We all know the anguish of his father in his wake, and his whole family does so as they hurry to find him in Barcelona.”

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said four Australians were injured in the attack.

Catalunya police said they had searched for two buses in search of violent extremists considered responsible for a couple of fatal attacks in the northwestern region of Spain.

Police say in their Twitter feed that they searched for the buses in Girona and Garrigas, northwest of Catalonia, but the operation gave no importance. They did not provide any other information.
Authorities launched a hunt for members of what they see as an extremist group based in Catalonia after the deaths of 14 people and more than 100 people injured during the attacks in Barcelona on Thursday and in Cambrils, south of Barcelona, on Friday.

Officials say at least one suspect remains at large.

Police said they identified the five people, allegedly attackers, who died by police in the Cambrils incident, but gave no details.

Four people were arrested in connection with the investigation.

The surveillance video of a museum in Barcelona captured images of the van used in the fatal attack on pedestrians that accelerated the Rambla stroll where 13 people died and many others were injured.

The video shows a person with a stroller just out of the way of the white pickup and other people in the fireplace stretching while standing on the bridge.

The film was filmed Thursday from a security camera inside the erotic museum of Barcelona on an upper floor that points to a window overlooking the promenade.
Museum enthusiasts who apparently have heard the van or people just after their passing are seen in the photos they gather near the window and look out.

Authorities said that the attackers after hitting in Barcelona drove a second vehicle to the resort of Cambrils and mortally wounded a person on Friday morning.

Police killed five of these dead attackers.

President Donald Trump personally offered his condolences to Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy following Thursday’s military attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils.

The White House says that Trump is committed to supporting the Spanish authorities in their investigation and bringing the perpetrators to justice.

Trump originally proposed words of support for Spain in a tweet Thursday after a van crosses pedestrians in Barcelona. Thirteen people died. The State Department said at least one American was killed and another wounded in the attack.

Carl Icahn’s Failed Raid on Washington

Carl Icahn’s Failed Raid on Washington

Carl Icahn’s Failed Raid on Washington

In August 2016, financier Carl Icahn telephoned the Environmental Protection Agency. Icahn is one of the wealthiest men on Wall Street, and thrived, largely because of his capacity for intimidation.

A Texas-based oil refinery in which he had a keen interest was to lose money because of a dark rule that Icahn’s environment considered too cumbersome.

Icahn is a fickle critic of a government regulation that forces his business. So I wanted to talk to the person responsible for implementing the policy: a senior official in the US. Named Janet McCabe.

Icahn works from a set of offices above the General Motors building in downtown, decorated in the oak and leather style of a gallant tycoon in a nineteen movie.

During this decade, Icahn made his reputation as one of the original corporate invaders, who were pioneers in the art of hostile takeover and settling down as a human machine – a fighting machine, and greed wagging.

By the time he called the US, he was eighty years old, and had long since relinquished any personal or dynastic need to earn money; According to Forbes, it’s worth about seventeen billion dollars.

Many titans who are not as old and not as wealthy as Icahn have chosen to spend their remaining years spending their money, or abandon it. It’s not Icahn. A great man of fashion, he has recently developed a white beard, which softens his round face, giving him the look of an old Mouffett. But he did not lose the taste for killing him.

A few years ago, he sold his mega-yacht because he was thinking he was bored. He participated in philanthropy, construction of charter schools, and a stadium on Randall Island that bears his name. But the charity circuit is a siesta.

What Icahn loves beyond everything is getting up late every morning, then spending the rest of the day and a good part of the night working the phone, doing business. Years ago, a reporter asked Icahn why he kept making money when he already had more than he could afford.

“It’s a way to keep score,” he said. He is one of the richest people not only in the world, but in the history of the world – a man who depends on many things, one of which is his ability to approach anyone on the phone.

“He’s on vacation,” McCabe’s assistant said.
For how long?

Two weeks.
For Icahn, there was something that simply did not count on the parties and left behind its work. Undoubtedly, he insisted, could McCabe interrupt any recreational activity that was committed to taking an urgent phone call from Carl Icahn?

No, McCabe’s assistant informed him. Could not.
The old riddle about whether it is better to love or fear has never posed much dilemma to Icahn.

In “Rey Icahn” a 1993 biography, author Mark Stevens described his theme as “man germophobe, individual, relatively loveless,” and quoted a contemporary account: “Carl’s dream in life is to have the only truck of Firefighters in the city.

Tighter visa rules: US wants social media details, travel info of past 15 years

Tighter visa rules: US wants social media details, travel info of past 15 years

Trump administration launched a new questionnaire for United States visa applicants worldwide requiring social media over the past five years and biographical information dating back to 15 years.

The new questions, as part of an effort to strengthen control of potential visitors to the United States, were approved on May 23 by the Office of Management and Budget, despite criticism from various education officials and university groups during A period of public comment.

Critics argued that the new questions would be too cumbersome, lead to long delays in treatment and deter international students and scientists from coming to the United States.

With the new procedure, consular officials can request previous passport numbers, five social media functions, email addresses and phone numbers and 15 years of biographical information, including addresses, employment and travel history.

Officials are requesting additional information to decide “whether the information is needed to confirm identity or to conduct more stringent national security controls,” a State Department official said Wednesday. The State Department earlier said that tighter control would apply to visa applicants was instrumental in justifying further verification as part of terrorism or other visa restrictions related to national security. ”

US President Donald Trump has pledged to increase national security and border protection by proposing to give more money to the military and to pay Mexico to build a wall along the southern border of the United States.

An attempt was made to establish a temporary travel ban for people from six predominantly Muslim countries in which a US appeals court refused to rejoin the discrimination of calls and the establishment of a confrontation before the Supreme Court.

The Office of Administration and Budget has granted emergency authorization for the new six-month issues instead of the usual three years.

Although the new questions are voluntary, the form states that information may delay or prevent the processing of an individual visa application. Lawyers and immigration lawyers say the demand for 15 years of detailed biographical information as well as the expectation that bidders will remember all their social media functions, likely to contract candidates who make innocent mistakes or do not remember all the information requested.

The new questions give consular officials “arbitrary power” to determine who gets a visa without effective control of their decisions, said Babak Yousefzadeh, a San Francisco-based lawyer and president of the Iran Bar Association.

“The United States has one of the strictest visa application processes in the world,” said Yousefzadeh. “The need to further strengthen the implementation process is  unknown and unclear.”

More daughters, more money: Harvard researchers’ tips for venture capitalists

More daughters, more money: Harvard researchers’ tips for venture capitalists

Venture capital firms whose partners have more girls tend to outperform their competitors, hiring more women and making more money, according to a new academic study.

In a review of rare gender diversity results in the form of a benefit, researchers at Harvard University said that other girls encouraged leaders to hire more women, in turn, “improve a performance of operations and money “.

His work was published by the influential National Bureau of Economic Research, a non-profit research organisation based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Venture capital has long been a world dominated by men, three-quarters of companies that do not have high-level investors, according to previous research cited in the study.

But increasing gender diversity could be a recipe for greater profitability, wrote business professor Paul Gompers and researcher Sophie Wang in the study co-author.

Venture capital companies are often pocket-sized enterprises, small businesses that are committed to the start-up success of investing millions in exchange for participation and hope for high performance.

According to the study, companies increased their gender diversity hiring more women saw their success rate to increase by almost 3%. Profitability, as measured by the domestic rate of return, increased by more than 3%.

University based their findings on 12,000 venture capital investments made between 1990 and 2016, primarily by US companies.

They also studied the personal information obtained from 1400 investment partners. Mathematical models have shown that the probability of hiring a high-level investor has increased by 25% when a child has been replaced by a girl among the partners of a company.

The authors have made investments that led to an initial public offering of the company or when the company was acquired for more money than expected.

The study, released Monday, adds weight to business arguments for gender diversity, they said.

“While diversity has been hailed as an important pillar of modern civil society and the contemporary work environment, there are few rigorous studies, in our view, that estimate the causal economic impact of a varied work task in a real business environment, “They wrote.

Beyond the data, it was not clear why partners with more girls have improved the performance of venture capital firms, they said.

The authors wrote that partners raising girls may feel less tense against women and therefore hire more. Female couples, by their origin, could also open the door to more business opportunities.

White House says it has granted 14 ethics waivers to staff

White House says it has granted 14 ethics waivers to staff

Michael Catanzaro, a former lobbyist for oil and gas, can help shape the Trump administration’s energy policy. Shahira Knight may weigh in on pension issues even though she has already worked for Fidelity, a financial company specializing in retirement services. The White House on Wednesday released on its website ethics exemptions granted to four former lobbyists and others who have joined the government. In all, the White House has obtained 14 exceptions to ethics.
The revelations came after a dispute between the Office of Government Ethics and White House lawyers. Other agencies and executive departments such as Treasury, State and Defense must share similar information with EMB by Thursday. The Office of Management and Budget responded to the EMB data request last week saying it had issued a zero waiver.
As part of Washington’s commitment to “drain the swamp,” President Donald Trump prohibits high-level officials involved in the executive from working on “special” government matters involving former clients or employers for two years. President Barack Obama has imposed similar restrictions on his employees and ethics granted waivers. The White House is also represented by these exceptions on its website.
Exceptions to the Trump administration include four former registered lobbies. The rest is for other employees whose new government functions can overlap with their previous private jobs. Many are “global” exceptions for groups of employees.
Exceptions to the White House were examined by White House lawyer Don McGahn and Stefan Passantino, leading ethics. The White House said this is just waivers if these lawyers consider it too embarrassing for the person to use ethical issues brought on by their previous jobs.
“Whenever possible, lawyers worked with each member of the team to reconcile adversarial behavior rather than seeking waivers, which resulted in the limited number of exceptions granted,” said Lindsay Walters head of White House spokeswoman.
Certain exceptions cover the most important employees of the White House. For example, there is a “general” waiver which indicates that all presidential persons “may participate in communications and meetings with news organizations relating to general issues.” This opens the way, ethics, Steve Bannon, former CEO Breitbart and now head of strategy for Trump, remind reporters on the news site.
This is important because Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a group funded by transparency liberals who filed numerous complaints against the Trump administration had argued in a complaint that Bannon violated ethics pledge to talk to their former employees. Another waiver explicitly allows Kellyanne Conway, Third Trump, to contact and interact with clients of her polling company.
Joshua Pitcock, who was the only lobby group in Washington and Indiana, now serving as Chief of Staff Vice President Mike Pence is authorized under a waiver to stay in the room when the problems involved are Indiana.
“It is important that you can communicate and know the state of Indiana, and disqualification from these meetings or communications would limit the ability of the Office of the Vice President to effectively realize the priorities of the administration,” said his resignation.

Exxon vote shows Wall Street diverging from Donald Trump on climate change

Exxon vote shows Wall Street diverging from Donald Trump on climate change

Major investors have advised US industry on Wednesday that climate change is important, even as reports surfaced that President Donald Trump plans to withdraw the United States from an international pact to fight global warming. A number of large corporate institutional funds, including BlackRock Inc, the world’s largest asset manager, supported a shareholders’ resolution asking Exxon Mobil Corp to share more information on how new technologies and regulations on climate change could have An impact on the activities of the largest public oil company in the world published.
The proposal was supported by 62.3 percent of the votes. Victory over a wide margin was hailed by climate activists as a turning point in its decades-long campaign to encourage oil and gas companies to reveal how they would adapt to a low-carbon economy.
Activists argue that US companies should be more transparent about the impact of global warming, even if the United States withdrew from the Paris climate agreement in 2015, as Trump promised during his presidential campaign.
“Economic forces beyond any other consideration,” said Anne Simpson, director of investments for sustainability of the pension system for employees in California Advertising, one of the sponsors of the resolution. She attributes large investors to Exxon for change, since at least some of them changed their votes after last year, while a similar measure only earns 38% support. “We have seen a radical change in their views,” he said. Many high-level investors now consider their vote on shareholders’ proposals “on merit, instead of considering it as a test of leadership loyalty,” he said.
Among Exxon’s major investors, Vanguard Group Inc. and BlackRock Inc. opposed the call last year for reports on climate change. A Vanguard spokesman, who holds about 7 percent of Exxon shares, declined to comment on his vote this year. A person familiar with the matter said that funds managed by BlackRock, which contain about 6 percent of Exxon’s shares, voted in favor of the climate resolution. Do not expect the documents that indicate your exact votes for months. However, fund companies and others have taken action since last year to facilitate the support of climate resolutions. A spokesman for ninth investor Exxon Northern Trust Corp. Doug Holt said he had voted in favor of the proposal, citing its own updated guidelines in 2016.

The focus of investment firms reflects a new interest in climate issues among their own investors, who have made money in ‘green’ investment funds and other vehicles using environmental factors in their actions.
Wall Street priorities have changed the terms of the debate over a number of other energy and utilities companies. Most shareholders voting for Occidental Petroleum Corp. and PPL Corp. requested similar reports on the risks of climate change. Voting for the other two measures is planned for June 7 at Devon Energy Corp. and Hess Corp. in
Michael Crosby, who participates in the education of members of the Capuchin Franciscan Midwest, said Wednesday’s vote was a rejection of Exxon’s arguments, which already provides sufficient details about his prospects. “The street is, you need to give better evidence,” Crosby said.
Once the measure adopted, Exxon CEO Darren Woods said his board reconsidered its climate communications. Activists are now faced with the task of maintaining alliances with leaders such as timbers opposed to their resolutions, but in some cases supported by the Paris agreement of 195 countries. Exxon said in a March 22 letter to the White House that the Paris agreement was “an effective framework to address the risks of climate change.”

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