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first_imgJustice MalalaOn Friday 8 January three members of Togo’s football squad were killed in a machine-gun attack on the team’s vehicles in northern Angola. The team was in the country to participate in the African Nations Cup.The attack received international media attention, with footballers across the world stopping to observe minutes of silence in honour of the fallen team members. The Togo team left Angola a few days later, foregoing the tournament.Within hours of the attack, a massive explosion of questions began to be raised about the safety of the 2010 Fifa World Cup tournament in South Africa. Journalists and football administrators across the world suggested that the South African football spectacular would be equally unsafe and some even toyed with the probability of not attending at all.In the days since the attack South Africa’s the 2010 local organising committee has gone out of its way to reassure fans, footballers and administrators about the safety of South Africa. Danny Jordaan, chief executive of the committee, asked: “Why are we being asked to explain ourselves when the incident took place in another country thousands of kilometers away?”Jordaan’s comment reminded me of an article written by celebrated Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina and published by Granta magazine in 2005. In the third paragraph of the piece, titled How To Write About Africa, he says:“In your text, treat Africa as if it were one country. It is hot and dusty with rolling grasslands and huge herds of animals and tall, thin people who are starving. Or it is hot and steamy with very short people who eat primates. Don’t get bogged down with precise descriptions. Africa is big: fifty-four countries, 900 million people who are too busy starving and dying and warring and emigrating to read your book. The continent is full of deserts, jungles, highlands, savannahs and many other things, but your reader doesn’t care about all that, so keep your descriptions romantic and evocative and unparticular.”So what is happening here?Once again, the massively huge African continent is being reduced to one dark mass – and all of it is dangerous. Instead of looking at the Angolan incident, isolating it and studying it, once again one incident in a remote part of one African country is being held up as the whole continent.It is a tragedy that this is happening. I am the first to admit that South Africa has its problems. When Thabo Mbeki was in charge of South Africa, I voiced doubts about hosting the World Cup here. My reasons were clear and specific. Mbeki had said South Africa does not have a crime problem and that it was our “perception” that there was.Fortunately, the Jacob Zuma administration has explicitly said crime is a problem and it is now in the process of instituting some serious measures to curb this scourge. The route to solving problems, as Zuma is ably demonstrating, is to admit that they exist in the first place.So what does a shooting in a formerly war-torn country such as Angola have to do with South Africa, really? Over the past four weeks the England cricket team has been touring South Africa. The nation was at a standstill, glued to the screen. Nothing, absolutely nothing, happened to that team or the thousands of visitors who came here to watch them play.Last year South Africa hosted the Indian Premier League cricket tournament, with games played in all our major centres and global television coverage. Not a single violent incident was recorded, and the organisers were so impressed with everything from security to infrastructure that they have expressed keenness to repeat the staging of the event here.Last June South Africa hosted a successful Fifa Confederations Cup which was won by Brazil after an unexpectedly inspired showing by the United States, which went to the finals. Participants included countries as diverse as Spain, Egypt, Iraq and New Zealand. There wasn’t a single major incident, leading to Fifa declaring that there was no plan B to take the 2010 World Cup to any other country.The hysteria over the Angola shooting needs to be looked at in this context. Africa is a massive continent, made up of numerous countries of diverse cultures and problems – many unique to their locales. It is not one thing.A shooting in Angola – clearly motivated by separatist tendencies in one region and by a single grouping – is absolutely and totally unrelated to the staging of a football tournament in South Africa. As Wainaina’s article suggests, such hysteria exposes commentators’ underlying and unsubstantiated fears about Africa.The time for these are past.What now? Writing from here on the southern tip of this beautiful continent, all I can say is that I have never seen a country and a people look forward so much to anything in their lives. Our economists speak of the expected fillip to our economy when the world arrives here. Our politicians are pulling up their socks. Our workers are intensifying their efforts to finish various infrastructure projects.South Africa is waiting, and is determined to stage a successful tournament. This place is nothing like Angola, and should not falsely be equated with that country.Justice Malala is an award-winning former newspaper editor, and is now general manager of Avusa’s stable of 56 magazines. He writes weekly columns for The Times newspaper and Financial Mail magazine, as well as a monthly media and politics column for Empire magazine. He is the resident political analyst for independent television channel e.tv and has consulted extensively for financial institutions on South African political risk. Malala was also an executive producer on Hard Copy I and II, a ground-breaking television series on SABC 3. Hard Copy I won the Golden Horn Award for best television series. Malala’s work has been published internationally in the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Financial Times, The Independent, Forbes, Institutional Investor, The Age and The Observer.last_img read more

first_imgStructural reform key to boosting growth “We see sound reasons for a stronger than expected consumer story even though South Africa’s growth may look somewhat pedestrian compared with BRIC economies like China and India. Sapa The Bank of America Merill Lynch report also points out that a number of structural issues hamper South Africa’s ability to maximise economic growth and employment, in its view. “Without efforts to address key headwinds to growth, for instance by alleviating the skills gap in the short-medium term via skilled immigration, revitalising the educational system, and through labour and product market reform, we think South Africa is likely to moderate back to a four percent pace of growth until 2020. Under a heading South Africa: not spent yet, the bank forecasts that stronger-than-expected consumer spending and a stimulus from government investment on infrastructure is likely to boost growth to five percent between 2013 and 2016. The report further notes that the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Competitiveness Index shows South Africa’s ranking falling from 45 in 2008/9 to 54 in 2010/11, out of 139 countries. On labour market flexibility, South Africa slipped from 88 in 2008/09 to 97 in 2010/11. “Based on an analysis of growth determinants from demographics to leverage, we conclude that this decade Turkey, South Africa and Saudi Arabia will improve their growth performance,” the bank says. “However, educational standards are very poor. Only 35% of South Africans over the age of 20 have a secondary school pass according to the SA Institute of Race Relations and there are only 26 PhD graduates per million of the population compared with 264 in Australia and 187 in South Korea.” “The introduction of the national health system (NHI), while likely to be phased over a 15-year period, has the potential to be a significant headwind to growth via a growing fiscal and tax burden.” “If tough decisions are taken over the next few years, South Africa’s growth potential could accelerate beyond 2016 to six percent, in our view. 2 September 2011 “We think the thrust of government policy – on jobs, infrastructure and service delivery – will provide the backdrop for positive consumer growth that is less driven by the middle class and more by lower income households migrating up the income ladder. South Africa: not spent yet “We estimate that the combination of upward surprises to consumer spending and public infrastructural spending should help boost growth to a five percent pace between 2013 and 2016,” the bank states.center_img “Government infrastructural spending will also be a key boost to growth over the next several years. On the skills issue, it says that the demand for unskilled labour has been declining over the past two decades as traditional labour intensive industries such as mining, agriculture and manufacturing have been in secular decline as the economy has orientated towards a more skills and services based footing. On onerous product market regulation, the bank notes that the OECD’s product market regulation (PMR) scores highlight that South Africa has more restrictive regulation than OECD economies and other EM economies like Brazil. South Africa, Turkey and Saudi Arabia are the markets with the most promising 10-year growth outlook, Bank of America Merrill Lynch says in a report on the long-term growth outlook for the EMEA countries – Europe, Middle East and Africa. But it notes that structural reform is key to boosting growth in Africa’s richest state. WEF Global Competitiveness Index Without structural reform, economic growth is likely to fall back to a four percent trend pace, insufficient to meaningfully reduce very elevated unemployment, it predicts. Three key constraints, it notes, are a skills mismatch, inflexible labour markets and onerous product market regulation. “The underlying components show inflexible hiring and firing practices (135th), a lack of flexibility in wage determination by companies (131st), and poor labour-employer relations (132nd). This is particularly in the areas of barriers to entrepreneurship and barriers to trade and investment. “We see the highest average level of growth in Turkey (4.8%) and S. Africa (4.2%), with most of the rest of the region clustered between 3-4%,” the bank says. “The OECD notes that SA firms complain of regulatory compliance complexity and complicated procedures for getting licences,” the bank adds. “These labour related weaknesses correspond to institutional strengths such as the accountability of private institutions (3rd), intellectual property protection (27th), property rights (29th), goods market efficiency (40th); financial market development (9th), business sophistication (38th); innovation (44th) and good scientific research institutions (29th).”last_img read more

first_img Related postsInclusive Components: Book Reviews And Accessibility Resources13th December 2019Should Your Portfolio Site Be A PWA?12th December 2019Building A CSS Layout: Live Stream With Rachel Andrew10th December 2019Struggling To Get A Handle On Traffic Surges10th December 2019How To Design Profitable Sales Funnels On Mobile6th December 2019How To Build A Real-Time Multiplayer Virtual Reality Game (Part 2)5th December 2019 Posted on 30th January 2018Web Design FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share HomeWeb DesignEnter The Dragon (Drop): Accessible List Reordering Enter The Dragon (Drop): Accessible List ReorderingYou are here: Over the years of being a web developer with a focus on accessibility, I have mostly dealt with widely-adopted, standardized UI components, well supported by assistive technologies (AT). For these types of widgets, there are concise ARIA authoring practices as well as great tools like axe-core that can be used to test web components for accessibility issues. Creating less common widgets, especially those that have no widely-adopted conventions for user interaction can be very tricky. From our sponsors: Enter The Dragon (Drop): Accessible List Reorderinglast_img read more

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#designers#digital shopping windows#e-commerce#ebay#fashion#Google#online shopping#rebecca minkoff#Shop#shoppable hangouts#Sony#toms#valet Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img ReadWriteShop is an occasional series about the intersection of technology and commerce.E-commerce is already pretty much woven into our daily lives, but only in a limited, one-way sort of interaction between user and website. Which has some future-of-shopping types wondering: What happens when your shopping apps stop waiting for you and instead come to you with offers? Or stop just taking orders and start proactively making suggestions or giving you advice?In fact, they’re not just wondering. Let’s take a quick tour of some alternative shopping interfaces and interactive physical pop-up shops companies like eBay are starting to experiment with.Sony’s shoppable window In The eBay Future, Window Shops YouOur first entry comes from eBay, whose digital shopping windows are large digital screens that double as an interactive e-commerce app. These screens work much like a pop-up shop, if you can imagine a store consisting of a single giant window that displays products and allows users to interact with and purchase them. For three months last winter (November 2013 to January 2014), eBay hosted interactive shopping windows in the Westfield San Francisco Centre, a tony downtown mall, for brands such as Toms footwear, Sony, and Rebecca Minkoff fashion. Customers could scroll through products on the screen and make purchases via eBay’s PayPal service (of course). They then could pick up their package in the mall or arrange for delivery.Purchasing items at the Toms’ storefront screen Obviously, these digital storefronts weren’t just about generating sales. They also served as shiny billboards that helped direct traffic to the physical counterpart stores. Commerce With Zero EffortSteve Yankovich, eBay’s VP of innovation and new ventures, sees the future of mobile commerce as various shopping interfaces that will be woven effortlessly throughout daily life—shoppable screens at the airport, at a bar table, at a mall. He heads up the company’s Zero Effort Commerce initiative, a strategy designed to make that happen.Perhaps you’re out of laundry detergent—Zero Effort Commerce envisions an app that would learn your historical preferences and order a new box of detergent before you even run out. Going to a conference next week? The app, integrated with your calendar, could recommend a tweed jacket.eBay doesn’t plan to expand on its digital-storefront experiment following its trial at Westfield—which itself followed a similar experiment in New York earlier in 2013. But it does have another retail-innovation project using the same “connected glass” technology planned for later this year.The App That Sells Your Stuff For YoueBay Valet app eBay also recently announced the launch of eBay Valet app pilot, an app that calculates the value of items you want to sell on the auction site and then sells those products for you. It’s the Antiques Roadshow of apps.With Valet, users snap pictures of items they are thinking to sell. eBay representatives will then take a look at the photos and give you an estimate of how much your item may cost. If the user is still interested in selling, the company will send along a box and shipping label. Once the product is in eBay’s hands, the company will take professional photos of the item and give it a listing, taking 30% of the cut once it’s sold. This app relies heavily on the work of eBay itself, with less time and energy spent by the user. Why Not Hangout While You Shop?Google’s Shop The Hangout Another tech heavy hitter, Google, also sees interactive shopping as the future of commerce. Google runs a shoppable video experience called “Shop The Hangout,” where viewers can tune into a Google Hangout video chat with their favorite designer while shopping from the designer’s collection.Shoppable Hangouts has partnered with known techie and Google Glass enthusiast Diane von Furstenberg, as well as designers Rebecca Minkoff, Marcus Wainwright, David Neville and Rachel Zoe. This pilot program featured live interviews with designers. Google Shopping Shortlists (a shopping list-like browsing feature) was adapted into Google Hangouts so that viewers could shop the designer’s line while interacting with them through video. The collaboration between these designers and Google has garnered some good reports, according to the company. Shoppable Hangouts produced over 150 million mentions on social media and a 5% increase in traffic on the designers’ sites the day of the hangout. Like eBay, Google is looking to eliminate friction in shopping and commerce. Shoppable Hangouts marks the beginning of Google’s effort to integrate the experience of shopping into a variety of different activities. “As long as they’re useful to shoppers and are integrated in a way that feels natural and authentic,” says Laura Jones, a Google shopping-product marketing manager.Seeing a shopping screen at your local bus stop or restaurant may seem a little too invasive, even for the most tech savvy. But with big companies piloting programs that encourage more interactivity and seamless shopping, we can expect our lives to integrate with e-commerce in the very near future. And with promises of easier, more hands-off shopping, it may just be a welcome change. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… stephanie ellen chanlast_img read more

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Verona v Brescia Verona: Silvestri; Rrahmani, Kumbulla, Empereur; Faraoni, Veloso, Amrabat, Lazovic; Verre, Zaccagni; Salcedo Brescia: Joronen; Cistana, Martella, Mangraviti; Sabelli, Bisoli, Tonali, Romulo, Mateju; A Donnarumma, Balotelli Lecce v Sassuolo Lecce: Gabriel; Meccariello, Lucioni, Rossettini, Calderoni; Majer, Petriccione, Tabanelli; Mancosu; Babacar, Lapadula Sassuolo: Consigli; Toljan, Marlon, Romagna, Kyriakopoulos; H Traore, Obiang, Locatelli; Berardi, Defrel, Bogacenter_img Check the official line-ups from the afternoon Serie A games, Genoa-Udinese, Lecce-Sassuolo and Verona-Brescia. These fixtures kick off at 14.00 GMT. You can follow all the build-up and action as it happens from today’s SIX Serie A matches on the LIVEBLOG. Genoa v Udinese Genoa: Radu; Ghiglione, Romero, C Zapata, Ankersen; Schone, Agudelo; Pandev, Saponara, Kouame; Pinamonti Udinese: Musso; Opoku, De Maio, Nuytinck, Troost-Ekong; Mandragora, Walace, De Paul, Sema; Okaka, Nestorovskilast_img read more

first_imgSpain great Iker Casillas: Wrong to award Ballon d’Or to Cristiano Ronaldo Zinedine Zidane has offered a way back for Gareth Bale, Isco and Marcelo at Real Madrid as he prepares for his first game against Celta Vigo on Saturday since being re-appointed as coach. Bale, Isco and Marcelo have all endured difficult seasons under Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari, with Bale heavily criticised for his form while Isco and Marcelo have been dropped. Zidane’s return puts Bale’s future in further doubt, given the pair’s relationship became strained last season, before the Welshman said he was considering his future at the club. “I am not going to talk about Bale’s season, I only talk about the 11 games we have left,” Zidane said on Friday. “We all know the player that Gareth is. I am counting on him like everyone else, we are ready and Gareth is ready.” Whether Zidane’s words come with a place for Bale in his first starting line-up at the Santiago Bernabeu remains to be seen, as Madrid look to rebuild following a turbulent few months. Isco never started a single La Liga match under Solari while Marcelo increasingly found his place at left-back taken by the 22-year-old Sergio Reguilon. “Isco wants to play and nothing else,” said Zidane, who added on Marcelo: “He has also not played much but he is a professional. We have to respect everything the previous coaches did, it is not easy, but I am happy to see Marcelo again.” Madrid are 12 points adrift of leaders Barcelona and Zidane now has three months to assess his squad ahead of potential changes in the summer.Related News Barca leave it late to sneak past Leganes Zinedine Zidane urges fans to back Gareth Bale “I am not thinking about that, we have to think about finishing the season well,” Zidane said. “You do not have to be thinking about who stays or goes, everyone has a contract here, then we will see what happens.” Zidane replaced Solari on Monday, returning to the club that he left only nine months ago after winning his third consecutive Champions League trophy. “It’s like the first day again,” Zidane said. “Even if it’s not new, it will be something different, it does not have to be the same thing. I am excited to have a new adventure.” Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe and Neymar have been among those linked with a move to Madrid, with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez joking on Monday, “I would like them both”. “You are always delighted to coach the best players,” Zidane said. “We know the quality those two players have but what interests me is tomorrow’s game, nothing more.” Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updateslast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Leicester defender Maguire: Atmosphere can help us beat Man Cityby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City defender Harry Maguire believes that his side must take advantage of being at home in the Carabao Cup.They are facing off against Manchester City in the quarter finals of the competition, with the game in Leicester on Tuesday.While they have lost the last two league games, Maguire is still confident Leicester can turn up for a one off cup game.”Whenever you lose a game you are always looking for the next one and thankfully it is only in a couple of days,” he said to Leicestershire Live.”We’ll prepare for Tuesday, another big game in the quarter final of the cup.”Hopefully it will be packed out at the King Power Stadium and the atmosphere is buzzing. Hopefully we can put on a performance and produce a result that warrants it.” last_img read more

first_imgJim Harbaugh at a press conference.Jim Harbaugh Michael Jordan StoryEarlier this month, Michigan announced that it would become the first Nike school to sport the Jordan brand logo on its uniforms, instead of the company’s traditional Swoosh. Apparently, Michael Jordan himself even called Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh to talk about the deal. It turns out Harbaugh initially didn’t believe he was talking to the former NBA superstar.Thursday, Harbaugh, during his press conference ahead of the team’s opener against Utah, made it clear that at first, he couldn’t believe it was actually Jordan on the other line. Check out his reaction:Michael Jordan called @CoachJim4UM. His reaction to learning it was the Greatest of All Time? That’s right here! http://t.co/VVSlwn0Oe5— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) August 27, 2015Michigan will remain with adidas until the 2016 season, but it’s clear that the Wolverines and their fans are pumped for a new era in 2016.last_img read more

first_imgRevlon, The Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) and Lilly Tartikoff are proud to announce the 20th Anniversary of the EIF Revlon Run/Walk For Women.Revlon Brand Ambassadors Emma Stone and Olivia Wilde will host the 2013 event in New York on Saturday, May 4th and Halle Berry will host in Los Angeles on Saturday, May 11th with co-hosts Entertainment Tonight’s Brooke Anderson and Dancing with the Stars’ Carrie Ann Inaba. Laura Linda Bradley has been asked to be one of this year’s celebrity supporters and runners for the LA race.Stone and Wilde are returning to co-host the New York Run/Walk, while Berry, celebrating her seventh year with the EIF Revlon Run/Walk, will host the Los Angeles event. To date, nearly one million people have participated in the EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women and the Run/Walks have distributed more than $68 million to support women’s cancer research, counseling and outreach programs. The Run/Walk was launched in 1994 through the combined efforts of Lilly Tartikoff, Ronald O. Perelman , Chairman of Revlon, Inc., and EIF. The event originated in Los Angeles and a second event in New York City was added shortly after.“I am truly honored to host the 2013 EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women,” says Wilde. “Before joining the Revlon family, I actually participated in the Los Angeles event and still remember it as one of the most moving experiences I’ve ever had. At that time, I never imagined that I would become a Run/Walk host, let alone a two-time host! I urge everyone to come out and join me in New York on May 4th. If you can’t be there, you can still get involved by making a donation online to fight women’s cancer.”“Like millions of others, I too have been touched by cancer, so the EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women is deeply important to me. My role as a Revlon Ambassador gives me a platform to speak out on the issue of women’s cancer and I hope that as host of this year’s New York event, we can continue to work together to build awareness and raise funds to find a cure for this disease,” said Stone.“It’s hard to find the words to describe exactly what it feels like to be among tens of thousands of cancer survivors, patients, loved ones and supporters at the EIF Revlon Run/Walk. All I can say is that I cannot imagine a more important and more inspirational way to spend a Saturday morning. I hope we can celebrate the Run/Walk’s 20th anniversary with record-breaking attendance and fundraising as we fight this disease together,” said Berry.The New York race will start in Times Square and finish in Central Park where there will be a health expo as well as a survivor ceremony. The Los Angeles race will take place at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum at Exposition Park. Early registration is encouraged and can be done by clicking here or by calling the event hotline at 855.434.3779. Registration is also available on site for both events.Participants are encouraged to fundraise individually or create teams. For those people who are not able to make it to the New York or Los Angeles events can register for the EIF Revlon Run/Walk in Your Dreams. Run/Walk In Your Dreams gives participants the opportunity to fundraise for the event from afar and receive the same rewards participants in New York and Los Angeles enjoy. Supporters of the Run/Walk can join the conversation by liking them on Facebook or by following them on Twitter.“Revlon has been involved with the EIF Revlon Run/Walk since its inception and every year, we are reminded of how important it is to keep up the fight against women’s cancers until we find a cure,” says Ronald Perelman , co-founder of the Run/Walk and co-founder of the Revlon/UCLA Women’s Cancer Research Program. “I would like to thank all of the volunteers and city officials who help make our event possible each year.”“It’s hard to believe that it’s already been 20 years!” says Lilly Tartikoff, co-founder of the EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women and co-founder of the Revlon/UCLA Women’s Cancer Research Program. “Women truly are our inspiration and the force behind our success. Their spirit and passion has made it possible to raise the much-needed funds that have helped to deliver a non-toxic treatment for breast cancer called Herceptin. In addition, there is another hopeful non-toxic treatment on the way. We are grateful to everyone for making this possible.”“EIF is grateful to everyone at Revlon, Lilly Tartikoff, the entertainment industry, survivors, supporters and participants for 20 years of commitment,” says Lisa Paulsen, President and CEO of the Entertainment Industry Foundation. “Their tireless effort and overwhelming support has made the EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women an incredible success.”New York beneficiaries include: Actors’ Fund of America, Albert Einstein Cancer Center, CancerCare, Gilda’s Club NYC, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, William F. Ryan Community Health Center, EIF’s Women’s Cancer Programs (NWCRA). Los Angeles event beneficiaries include: Gilda Radner Hereditary Cancer Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Providence Saint Joseph Foundation, Revlon/UCLA Women’s Cancer Research Program, USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, Cancer Support Community, and Women of Color Breast Cancer Survivors’ Support Project.National Sponsors for the 2013 EIF Revlon Run/Walk For Women include: title sponsor Revlon, double platinum sponsor Toyota, platinum sponsor Rite Aid, and sponsors Georgetown Cupcake and The Walking Company. Award sponsors include exhale mind body spa, LeSportsac, Newton Running and Marika.New York sponsors include platinum sponsor smartwater; gold sponsors Bloomberg, Dunkin’ Donuts and Lucille Roberts Womens Fitness; and media sponsors, Fresh 102.7, NBC 4 New York and Telemundo New York. Los Angeles sponsors include double platinum sponsor Macy’s; platinum sponsors ABC7 Los Angeles and Aquafina Water; gold sponsors Astellas USA Foundation, Cancer Treatment Centers of America; silver sponsor Wells Fargo Capital Finance and media sponsors 104.3MYFM & Talk Radio 790 KABC.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, Del. — The former president of the only financial institution criminally charged in connection with the federal bank bailout program has been sentenced to six years in prison for fraud and conspiracy.Former Wilmington Trust president Robert Harra Jr. was sentenced Monday. He and three other bank officials were convicted in May of concealing the bank’s troubled condition from regulators and shareholders following the 2008 financial crisis.Prosecutors were seeking a sentence of eight years, while Harra’s attorney asked for probation, citing his long history of community service.The defendants were convicted of misleading regulators and investors about Wilmington Trust’s massive amount of past-due commercial real estate loans before the bank was hastily sold in 2011. The century-old bank imploded despite receiving $330 million from the federal Troubled Asset Relief Program.Randall Chase, The Associated Presslast_img read more