Ex-GM board member, union leader sentenced to 30 months in prison

first_img“I cannot tell you how ashamed and remorseful I am for what I’ve done,” Ashton said during the hearing. “I betrayed the trust that my union members had in for me for over 50 years, and for that I am genuinely sorry. I take full ownership of my actions and no apology will ever change the damage that I have done.”The charges centered on Ashton’s position overseeing a jointly operated training center with GM known as the Center for Human Resources, which the company dissolved as part of a new labor agreement with the union last year. Ashton oversaw the facility from 2010 to 2014 when he retired from the union.The UAW, in a statement Tuesday, said Ashton’s sentence was “appropriate.” It said his “crimes defy everything we stand for as a union and demonstrate his lack of respect for the oath of office he took and the rank-and-file members he represented.”GM previously called Ashton’s actions “outrageous.” It also reiterated that it “was not aware of his illegal activity until it was recently revealed by the government’s investigation.” Nor was the company aware that “he allegedly continued to benefit from this conduct” while he was a member of the board, it said. Ashton is one of 15 people charged and convicted as part of the federal corruption probe, including two recent UAW presidents and three Fiat Chrysler executives.- Advertisement – Former UAW Vice President Joe Ashton speaks during a GM announcement at a plant in Spring Hill, Tenn. in 2011.GM Former General Motors board member Joe Ashton, a retired United Auto Workers leader, was sentenced Tuesday to 30 months in prison for fraud and money laundering as part of an ongoing federal probe into the union.Ashton, who resigned from the GM board in December 2017 after being linked to the corruption, pleaded guilty to the charges in December as part of a deal with U.S. prosecutors and agreed to forfeit $250,000 he admitted to illegally receiving in bribes and kickbacks.Money laundering is punishable by up to 10 years in prison, while the fraud charge could be up to 20 years. However, federal prosecutors suggested his sentence be between 30 and 37 months as part of the plea deal.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Ashton’s wife, one of his four adult sons and a family friend spoke on his behalf during the hearing, which was conducted via Zoom. Dozens of supporters wrote letters on Ashton’s behalf, including one unidentified member of Congress, according to The Detroit News.U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman said he took the comments as well as the letters into consideration when determining the sentencing. Ashton will not have to report for incarceration until June 2021 due to the coronavirus. Ashton’s attorney had requested leniency from prison due to the coronavirus pandemic, while prosecutors argued for 37 months due to the financial severity of the crimes. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Costa finally making himself at home in Spain set-up

first_img0Shares0000Diego Costa celebrates after scoring for Spain in Friday’s thrilling 3-3 draw with Portugal in Sochi © AFP / Nelson AlmeidaSOCHI, Russian Federation, Jun 16 – Diego Costa looked like a misfit at the World Cup in Brazil in 2014, where Spain’s inability to accommodate the burly centre-forward contributed to their disastrous campaign.But on Friday in Sochi, his physical presence and penalty-box prowess worked a treat for the Spanish as they ended a chaotic week with a thrilling 3-3 draw against Portugal, Costa scoring twice. “Spain adapt to Diego Costa” was the headline in Spanish daily El Pais on Saturday, with new coach Fernando Hierro rewarded for his decision to select the Atletico Madrid man up front.The Brazilian-born Costa twice replied to Cristiano Ronaldo goals to haul Spain back on level terms on a muggy evening by the Black Sea.His first was classic Costa, as he left Pepe on the floor — with more than a hint of a foul — before bursting into the area and taking his time to pick his spot low in the bottom corner.Costa’s second goal was a penalty-box effort at a set-piece, before he was taken off for the closing stages, replaced by Iago Aspas.Spain forward Diego Costa (centre) is congratulated by teammates after scoring against Spain © AFP / Jewel SAMADSpain had edged in front by that point thanks to Nacho’s sweet strike but Costa could only watch from the bench as Ronaldo’s free-kick completed his hat-trick and ensured a share of the spoils.Hierro’s decision to go with Costa in the starting line-up showed he was not departing from plans put in place by Julen Lopetegui prior to his shock sacking.Lopetegui was sensationally dismissed just 48 hours before La Roja’s World Cup bow after the announcement of his appointment by Real Madrid for next season.– Bruising –Hierro could have opted to start Aspas, the Celta Vigo forward who netted the winner in Spain’s final warm-up match against Tunisia.But he went with Costa, who provides the bruising element in the Spain side in front of the silky trio of Isco, David Silva and Andres Iniesta.“We felt this was a game in which Diego could really help us,” said Hierro. “He did a great job wearing out the opposition centre-backs.”Costa was a handful for Jose Fonte and for Pepe — another player born in the north-east of Brazil and now representing his adopted land.Things did not click for Costa in 2014. He was hauled off in Spain’s first two matches in Brazil, defeats against the Netherlands and Chile that precipitated a painful group-stage exit for the then reigning world champions.Vicente del Bosque did not take him to Euro 2016 but Lopetegui succeeded in finding a role for the former Chelsea man, who has now scored eight goals in his past 10 appearances for his country, going back to the start of the World Cup qualifying campaign.According to Diego Torres in El Pais, Costa appears to have succeeded “against the will of a very influential group in the dressing room, and perhaps, against the nature of the footballers who have defined Spain’s style”.The player himself appeared after the game, saying: “It is always important to score goals. Thanks to God I managed to but it was a shame because I thought we could have won.”Costa appears certain to keep his place for Spain’s second Group B game against Iran in Kazan on Wednesday.A win there will leave them on the brink of a place in the last 16, despite all the upheaval of the past week.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Crabs open three-game series against Ukiah Hawks tonight

first_imgWyatt Tucker (0-0), a pitcher … And just like that, we’re two-thirds the way through another summer at the Arcata Ball Park.The Crabs, 18-13 on the year, have seen their ups and downs this season.But since June 22 the Crabs are 12-3, and all signs point to the club — which has 18 games remaining — closing out its 2019 summer campaign in a fashion fans on the North Coast have come to expect.The Crabs will welcome the Ukiah Hawks for the first of a three-game series tonight at 7 p.m.last_img read more

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Jetstar International heads back to Vietnam

first_imgJetstar International is heading back to Vietnam armed with its Boeing 787s and aiming to capitalise on a surge in tourism to the increasingly popular South East Asian destination.The Australian carrier on Wednesday launched its first direct services to Ho Chi Minh City from Melbourne, operating three times weekly, and will fly four times a week from Sydney.Basic one-way fares without baggage start from $A199 from Sydney and $A249 from Melbourne and Jetstar will be the only low-cost carrier providing direct services from the two cities.The new services between Australia and Vietnam constitute the airline’s second attempt to crack the market.The airline flew to Ho Chi Minh City, previously known as Saigon, direct from Sydney between 2006 and 2008 and via Darwin until 2012 when it axed the route for commercial reasons.But growing interest among Australians in Vietnam as a holiday destination and a growing number of Vietnamese visitors to Australia — traffic is up 21 per cent in the past 18 months — helped convince it to head back.There is also potential for low fares to stimulate origin and destination traffic,  with both Sydney and Melbourne home to sizeable Vietnamese populations.The services will connect in Ho Chi Minh City to Jetstar’s Vietnamese joint venture, Jetstar Pacific,  giving customers access to 15 other destinations in Vietnam.Jetstar’s inaugural flight, JQ63,  was scheduled to depart Wednesday from Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City  piloted by Jetstar chief pilot Georgina Sutton.“Vietnam is one of the fastest growing holiday destinations in South East Asia, and until now has been the largest country in the region without a low-cost direct link to Australia,”  Jetstar Australia and New Zealand chief executive Dean Slater said in a statement.“There is enormous potential for Vietnam to become one of the most popular destinations for Australian travellers thanks to its wonderful year-round climate and great beaches, food and culture.’’Jetstar’s B787-8s have 335 seats, including 21 older-style business seats that are closer to modern premium economy products.Economy seats are 17 inches wide with a 30-inch seat pitch while the business seats are 19 inches wide with a 38-inch pitch, according to SeatGuru.last_img read more

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A Caribbean Island Transitions to PV

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Most of the electricity generated in the U.S. comes from power plants that burn coal or natural gas. Although an increasing percentage of our electricity comes from photovoltaic (PV) arrays and wind turbines, there are two problems with these renewable energy sources. First, electricity generated by PV arrays or wind turbines is still somewhat more expensive than electricity generated by fossil fuel plants (although the cost of solar and wind continue to drop). And second, solar power and wind power are intermittent, so some type of energy storage system is necessary if these sources of power are ever to replace fossil fuel plants.These days, electric utilities are operating in a rapidly changing regulatory and economic environment. As the price of solar power and wind power continue to fall, investments in solar and wind facilities are looking better all the time, while past investments in coal plants and nuclear plants are beginning to look, in retrospect, like big mistakes. Moreover, an increasing number of countries are establishing goals to reduce the use of fossil fuels, and some are even establishing carbon taxes that effectively increase the cost of coal and natural gas — tipping the scales in favor of solar and wind.As fossil fuels become more heavily taxed, and renewable energy sources get cheaper, eventually the cost lines on the graph are going to cross. At some point, solar and wind power will become the preferred sources for electricity.In fact, on small islands, the lines have already crossed.My wife Karyn and I recently spent a weekend on the island of St. Eustatius in the Caribbean, enjoying two of our favorite pastimes: snorkeling and hiking. St. Eustatius is part of the Netherlands.On our second day on St. Eustatius — or Statia, as most locals call their island… last_img read more

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Art with an edge

first_imgArtworks with a twist will provide a visual treat to art lovers as the Barisha Silpara Art Society will present a group art exhibition which comprises of paintings, drawings, sculptures, graphics and ceramics by some renowned artists. Th exhibition will be held from February 13 to 19 in the national Capital.The exhibition will have participants from across the country and the names include Abdul Salam, Akhil Chandra Das, Arup Kumar Das, Bikram Das, Chandni Guha Roy, David Malaker and Debashis Kulay. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The works of artists like Iqubal Hossain, Mina Mondal, Partha Protim Gayen, Premangshu Mitra, Pradip Ghosh, Rakesh Sadhak, Souvik Das, Shubha Kayal, Sushanta Bhowmik and Tapan Bhattacharya will also be showcased .The artworks belong to a group of upcoming artists, who would be an established clear symbol of new age modern art. The members of the art society work together through metal casting, ceramics, terracotta, oil, etchings, lino and/or wood cut prints. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThey also exhibit their work in different galleries on a regular basis. It has got a creative corner built up for the children from 1987, who had the prospect of blossoming into art practitioners in the future. The society produces art not only on subjective, but also in objective basis.When: February 13-19Where: Lalit Kala Akademi, Rabindra BhavanTIMINGS: 11 am – 7 pmlast_img read more

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