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by Bjinse on Tue Dec 5th, 2017 at 12:00:36 AM EST
You're probably not interested in the latest sexual harrasment accusations in the US. But the James Levine accusations (which I knew about over 30 years ago) have a classic response from the Met on NPR.
And the Met says it first learned of Ashok Pai's allegations in 2016 when police in Illinois contacted the Opera House. And the Met's administration asked Levine about the allegations, and he denied them. And that was that.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Dec 5th, 2017 at 04:17:13 PM EST
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Perhaps the candidate-martyr would have obtained satisfactory results had Mr Levin's behavior been characterized "sexual misconduct", as everyone in the USA is conversant with permissible "sexual conduct" the allegations and compensatory damages obtained by the offended,
Chris Brown, who played principal bass in the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra for more than three decades, said that Mr. Levine masturbated him that summer -- and then coaxed him to reciprocate -- when Mr. Brown was 17 at the Meadow Brook School of Music in Michigan. Mr. Levine, then 25, was a rising star on the summer program's faculty. James Lestock said that Mr. Levine also masturbated him there that summer when Mr. Lestock was 17 and a cello student -- the first of many sexual encounters with Mr. Levine that have haunted him. And Ashok Pai, who grew up in Illinois near the Ravinia Festival, where Mr. Levine was music director, said that he was sexually abused by Mr. Levine starting in the summer of 1986, when Mr. Pai was 16 -- an accusation he made last year in a report to the Lake Forest Police Department in Illinois.

if any, would need no ahhh excuplatory explanation thirty years later.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Dec 6th, 2017 at 02:37:30 PM EST
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by das monde on Thu Dec 7th, 2017 at 03:03:26 AM EST
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The Haredi community in Australia is leading the way. Malka Leifer has been hiding in Israel for several years as Australia tries to extradite her.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Dec 7th, 2017 at 05:27:41 AM EST
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The choice that could save South Africa, or wreck it - The Economist

Under President Jacob Zuma, the state is failing. Contracts are awarded through bribes and connections; ruling-party members murder each other over lucrative government jobs; crooks operate with impunity.

Next week comes a moment that may determine whether South Africa slides further into this mire or starts to recover. At a conference that starts on December 16th the ruling African National Congress (ANC) is due to choose the successor to Mr Zuma as its leader, and thus its candidate for presidency of the country. The front-runners are Mr Zuma's ex-wife and preferred candidate, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, and the deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa. For South Africa and for the whole African continent, Mr Ramaphosa needs to win.

Mandela weeps

South Africa is no longer in the forefront of the world's consciousness, as it was in the 1990s when it made its miraculously peaceful transition from a racist regime to a modern democracy. But it still matters, and not just to its 57m people. With its superior financial and physical infrastructure, it is Africa's economic hub. Its diplomatic and moral authority shapes southern Africa, for worse as well as better: without its support, Robert Mugabe would have lost power in Zimbabwe long ago. And, at the moment, it is the site of the most visible battle in the world between good and bad government.

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by Bjinse on Thu Dec 7th, 2017 at 09:46:04 PM EST
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Tuesday, 5 December, the EU Council released a raft of documents addressing tax avoidance and evasion within the EU as reforming tax competition worldwide. Offers a legislative formula ("BEPS Package") to assist "developing" governments' compliance with "The Code of Conduct for Business Taxation", which is not legally binding on EU members. Through the press enthusiastic EU constituents threaten sanctions against scofflaws.

"Blacklist": non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes

American Samoa, Bahrain, Barbados, Grenada, Guam, Korea (Republic of), Macao SAR*, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Namibia, Palau, Panama, St Lucia, Samoa, Trinidad and Tabago, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates
"Grey": Existence of harmful tax regimes
Andorra, Armenia, Aruba, Belize, Botswana, Cabo Verde, Cook Islands, Curacao, Fiji, Hong Kong SAR*, Jordan, Liechtenstein, Maldives, Mauritius, Morocco, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Seychelles, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Uruguay, Andorra, Armenia, Aruba, Belize, Botswana, Cabo Verde, Cook Islands, Curacao, Fiji, Hong Kong SAR*, Jordan, Liechtenstein, Maldives, Mauritius, Morocco, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Seychelles, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Uruguay, Vietnam
"Grey": Anti-BEPS Regimes
Aruba, Cook Islands, Faroe Islands, Greenland, New Caledonia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Taiwan, Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cabo Verde, Fiji, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Jordan, Maldives, Montenegro, Morocco, Serbia, Swaziland, Vanuatu

"Grey": Tax regimes that facilitate offshore structures which attract profits without real economic activity
Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey, Vanuatu

source: ANNEX I - II (abridged), "The EU list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes" and Council conclusions adopted 12 May 2017, published 5 Dec 2017.
* an acronym of Special Administrative Region (of the People's Republic of China), likewise Hong Kong SAR. Inexplicably Crown Dependencies, Overseas Territories, and Channel Islands are neither distinguished nor excluded, as are 'Hurricane Countries' granted temporary reprieve, among subsets of deficient AND co-operative jurisdictions ("grey" listings] which have committed in some form or another to sign, ratify, and implement either the OECD Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters (MAC) or the "network of agreements covering all EU Member States" by CYE 2019, the latest.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Dec 7th, 2017 at 10:47:47 PM EST
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source: 64 affected countries, actually. The EU List of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions. 5 Dec 2017.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Dec 7th, 2017 at 11:09:06 PM EST
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[S&D] MEPs try to add EU member states to the blacklist of tax havens
EURACTIV France reports. ...The "PANA" report is due to be debated and adopted on 12 December in Strasbourg. Many of the crucial problems identified by the authors concern the lack of application of common tax rules. ... for example only six out of 28 countries have put in place the 4th anti-money laundering directive, which must be implemented before the end of 2017.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Dec 9th, 2017 at 12:27:53 AM EST
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Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey, Vanuatu are distinguished overseas territories, "special administrative regions" or commonwealth members of the crown.

Venuatu, formerly-known-as New Hebrides, has sideline business in financial services to complement the subsistence economy of the "natives".

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Dec 10th, 2017 at 09:37:25 PM EST
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