McKay mines hard-fought gold

first_imgHEAVYWEIGHT Jason McKay and US Open Night of Champions winner, Ackeem Lawrence, won gold and bronze, respectively, at Saturday’s Colorado Taekwondo Championships in Denver, United States.The Jamaicans had expected two medals from the lightweight division, envisioning a final between Lawrence and compatriot Delano Francis.However, Francis first bowed out as multiple rounds at high altitude in the Colorado mountains proved too tough for the youngster from sea-level Portmore, Jamaica.Lawrence used his superior conditioning and experience to reach the semis but fell out of favour with the judges due to excessive contact, ending his run with a bronze medal.This left McKay as Jamaica’s sole hope of winning what had become an unlikely gold medal after the masters division was cut and all heavyweights herded into one division.”It was hell out there. The altitude really had me suffering. I lost my legs midway the division and had to turn the rounds into boxing bouts. However, I think I was really lucky with the draw and that pulled me through,” he said.”It was a good tournament. I think the rounds and altitude took a toll on Delano. Ackeem was just unlucky with the contact rules,” McKay added.last_img read more

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Formula One’s new owners plan US street race

first_imgLONDON (AP): Formula One’s new owners plan to add a street race in the United States in an attempt to improve a sport which they feel stagnated under Bernie Ecclestone’s control. Chase Carey, who ended Ecclestone’s four-decade reign as F1’s chief executive, told The Associated Press yesterday that the sport will no longer be run as a “one-man show.” Carey, though, will be as dogged as the 86-year-old Ecclestone in negotiations with circuits, insisting that less-lucrative races in heartlands like Britain will have to prove they can become more profitable , rather than being allowed to renegotiate hosting fees. International sports and entertainment firm Liberty Media, which is controlled by 75-year-old tycoon John Malone, completed its takeover of F1 on Monday from investment fund CVC Capital Partners. Driving growth in the United States is seen as a priority for Liberty, which also owns baseball’s Atlanta Braves and has investments in cable TV companies. F1 currently only makes one stop during the season in the United Sates – to Austin, Texas but adding a street race is high on Liberty’s agenda. “We would like to add a destination race in the US in a location like New York, LA, Miami, Las Vegas,” Carey said in a telephone interview. “We think we can create something that will be a really special event. Obviously, the US is all upsides for us. We haven’t invested in the way we need to build the US market.” The sport has remained stuck in the past, making “events feel a little tired,” while the modern media landscape was not grasped by Ecclestone, according to Carey. “Bernie really ran a one-man show,” Carey said. “I don’t plan to run a one-man show.” Although Ecclestone remains on board as an honorary chairman and will be an F1 adviser, power clearly now rests with Carey, who is a veteran Fox executive.last_img read more

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Rockets escape Warriors to even Western Conference Finals at 2-2

first_imgHouston Rockets guard Chris Paul (3) celebrates next to Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the second half of Game 4 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, May 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)OAKLAND, Calif. — James Harden scored 30 points, Chris Paul had 27 and the Houston Rockets sustained the latest second-half flurry by Stephen Curry, evening the Western Conference finals at two games apiece with a 95-92 victory Tuesday night.Curry scored 28 points and Kevin Durant added 27 points and 12 rebounds but the defending champions missed their final six shots from the floor and their NBA-record postseason winning streak at home ended at 16 games.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film The Rockets shook off a 12-0 deficit to start the game and another big run by the Warriors in the third, then won it with defense down the stretch.Paul rebounded Klay Thompson’s miss just before the final buzzer sounded for the first time and pounded the ball down in delight. A replay review ensued and it was determined Shaun Livingston fouled Paul before the game ended, so Paul made a free throw with 0.5 seconds left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownCurry couldn’t get off a final attempt before the buzzer.“I thought this is the highest level we’ve ever played defensively, without a doubt,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said, “because we’re talking about the best offensive team ever.” TIP-INSRockets: The Rockets were outrebounded 49-41. … Houston scored just 19 first-quarter points, its fifth straight period failing to score more than 24 before scoring 34 in the second. … After saying the pressure was on the Warriors, D’Antoni cracked pregame, “That really worked out well, didn’t it?”Warriors: Curry picked up his third foul at the 5:06 mark of the second quarter and took a seat and Golden State was limited to 18 points in the period. He pumped his right arm so hard after a basket in the first he nearly hit official Mike Callahan. … Curry made his signature pregame tunnel shot on the fourth try. … Golden State dropped to 32-7 in the postseason since 2015 when holding opponents to fewer than 100 points. … Looney started for just the ninth time in his three-year NBA career.IGUODALA OUTWithout 2015 NBA Finals MVP Iguodala, the Warriors were down one of their top defenders and playmakers.Iguodala’s status for Game 5 was still unclear. Since 2014-15, Golden State is 14-4 in postseason games started by Iguodala.“If it was close, he would play,” coach Steve Kerr said. “He’s injured so he’s not playing. So we’ll see what happens in the next couple of days.”D’Antoni knew the Warriors would respond.“They only have four All-Stars instead of five. It really puts a crimp in their style,” he said.TECHNICAL STANDS Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The Warriors spoke to the NBA about Green’s double-technical in Game 3 with Trevor Ariza issued at the 6:49 mark of the fourth quarter when Ariza shoved Green as they traded words.“They’re not rescinding it,” Kerr said. “Those conversations are always private, so we respect their decision and move on.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Green wound up with 11 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists while going at it with Paul all night in Game 4 — the first nail-biter so far in a series that had featured only lopsided results.Curry knocked down three straight 3-pointers during a key third-quarter sequence in which he scored 11 consecutive points before Thompson’s 3.Down 53-46 at halftime two days after a franchise playoff-record, 41-point victory in Sunday’s 126-85 win, Curry shined in the second half once more. He scored 17 in all during the third-quarter flurry.Curry came out and hit a 3 from the top and seemed on his way to another spectacular finish until the late misses on a night both Western Conference powers shot just 39 percent.His 3-pointer from 29 feet out at the 5:43 mark of the third got Golden State back within 62-60 then he knocked down another moments later on the Warriors’ next possession for the lead. Then, another from the baseline before a driving layup to the left.Harden scored 15 points in the second quarter as Houston used a 25-7 run to take command.Much-improved Warriors big man Kevon Looney, who shed 30 pounds last offseason, earned his first career postseason start in place of injured Andre Iguodala and had four points and six rebounds.Iguodala, who banged his left knee during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s win, was upgraded from doubtful to questionable after an MRI exam earlier Tuesday on the knee revealed no structural damage.The Warriors got another scare when Thompson briefly went to the locker room in the second quarter with a left knee strain then returned and hit baseline 3-pointers from both sides and wound up with 10 points on 4-for-13 shooting.The Rockets missed their first eight field-goal tries and committed two turnovers before Harden’s layup with 6:42 left in the first. D’Antoni called timeout at the 7:06 mark of the first with his team trailing 12-0. Game 5 is Thursday night at Houston. Golden State will play its longest playoff round after closing out its first two series in five games.Golden State got the ball with 1:27 to play down 94-91 and Thompson and Curry each missed contested 3-pointers.The Warriors got another chance with 42.5 seconds left following Houston’s shot-clock violation. Curry missed a driving layup and Draymond Green pulled down the offensive rebound and was fouled by Paul, but Green converted only one free throw.The Rockets went ahead 85-84 with 6:03 remaining on Trevor Ariza’s 3-pointer from the baseline after a beautiful bounce pass from the opposite corner by Paul.Golden State trailed 91-86 with 3:30 left following a pair of free throws by Eric Gordon, then Curry converted a three-point play moments later.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil PBA All-Star show on LATEST STORIES China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedinglast_img read more

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Asian Games: Philippines sweeps Hong Kong for first volleyball win

first_imgGov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal FILE – Alyssa Valdez and Jaja Santiago of PH women’s volleyball team celebrate during their first game in the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta. PHOTO/PSCThe Philippines snapped its three-game losing skid and dumped Hong Kong, 25-18, 25-21, 25-22, in the women’s volleyball event of the 2018 Asian Games Thursday at GOR Bulungan in Jakarta.The win gave the Filipinos another glimmer of hope to reach the quarterfinals as they sit at the fourth spot of Pool A with a 1-3 card.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Forget Messi, China’s ‘Nine-Goal Diva’ Wang Shanshan is world’s hottest striker Jaja Santiago’s ace gave the Philippines the 24-21 match point but her service error awarded Hong Kong another point.Kianna Dy, though, finished things off for the Filipinos who sit behind host Indonesia, 2-1, in the pool.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Alyssa Valdez led the Philippines with 14 points while Santiago and Mika Reyes added a combined 20 points.Yeung Sau Mei had 15 points to lead Hong Kong that has yet to win a game after two outings. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Peza offers relief to ecozone firmscenter_img Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Father of 4 remanded on robbery charge

first_imgThirty-six-year-old Seon Lewis of D’Urban Park, Georgetown was late last week remanded to prison on allegations that he had stolen a 13-pennyweight gold chain, valued at $160,000.The virtual complainant, Nadine Reddy, is alleging that Lewis stole the item from her on January 13, 2018 at the Stabroek Market.However, when the father of four appeared before Senior Magistrate Fabayo Azore, he entered a not-guilty plea; and his defence counsel, in asking the court for reasonable bail for her client, said Lewis was recently released from hospital after a stabbing incident, and that he works at a wharf.The Police Prosecutor, however, objected to Lewis being placed on bail on ground of the seriousness of the offence. The magistrate upheld the prosecution’s application and bail was refused.The case will continue on February 7 at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.last_img read more

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Injunction looms against Govt as GTU mobilises teachers

first_imgPossible salary reductions…Union has never been confrontational – LyteAs the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) mobilises teachers ahead of the countrywide strike slated for August 27, the Government could face a High Court injunction should it proceed with deductions to the salaries of teachers. This position was indicated by GTU President Mark Lyte who told Guyana Times on Wednesday that the union gave “certain instructions” on the way forward. His meeting with the lawyer comes against the backdrop of concerns teachers raised earlier this week when they expressed fear of victimisation and salary reduction should they support their union’s industrial action.“We got certain advice and we’re going to work with that,” Lyte noted, respondingGTU President Mark Lytein the affirmative when asked if court action was on the cards.Commenting on President David Granger’s attributed statements that his Government does not want a confrontation with the Union, Lyte observed that on the contrary, GTU has always attempted to solve the situation amicably throughout the rule of the current Administration.“The Union has never been confrontational. The fact that we sat with them for almost three years to come to an agreement is an indication that the Union doesn’t advocate for confrontation. We are trying to negotiate peacefully,” Lyte told this newspaper.Over the last two days, GTU held engagements with a meeting in Linden on Tuesday and another in Bartica on Wednesday. Speaking on Wednesday’s meeting, the Union President highlighted that 80 out 150 teachers turned out in support of the Union’s strike action in spite of the day being a holiday.“They are overwhelming supportive of the strike action,” he noted.Linden meetingTeachers from Linden and other parts of Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) were on Tuesday updated on the strike at the Linden Concert Hall and School (Lichas) where Lyte assured commitment in ensuring that demands are met. Lyte, in alluding to the ‘good life’ promised by Government, noted that unfortunately so far, there has not been any significant progress as it relates to teachers salary increases.As such, he pointed out that the Union is currently mobilising its members inThe High Court of Guyanaregions across the country.“We did engage this present Administration prior to entering into power, while they were in Opposition. And we were given certain promises, those were relating to our members and as such, the good life that was promised, the teachers would have gone out there and supported the present Administration… We would have expected that we would have had a smooth process in our negotiation,” Lyte said.  “Unfortunately, we would have been at the table with the present Administration for the last two, almost three years and we are not making any significant movement as it relates to salary increases,” he continued.Lyte said while there were some agreements on non-salary issues, which he thought Government did well with agreeing on, the bigger picture is teachers having a livable wage, which has not been forthcoming so far. He further stated that the recent offer for ballpark figures for debunching increase on salaries was rejected because the Union believes that after all these years it could have been told earlier that this was the situation.“Unfortunately, the Government took us through all the corners and creases and then bring this to us. So, the Union’s position right now is that we are mobilising our members to take strike action, commencing on the [August] 27th until further notice. We also hope that during this time that the Government will make a better offer and address the 40 per cent increase that we are demanding.We believe our teachers are deserving of this increase because they give their lives unto the classroom for the nation’s children,” he said. The GTU President reiterated that teachers are proceeding with the strike action, which can materialise into other forms of industrial action, as he noted that it is within the hands of the Government to decide what will be done about the situation.“Our presence here today was basically to inform our members on the ground what is happening, so that they can have a clearer understanding. This is what we’re doing in the various regions,” he said.Lyte added that teachers are in full support of the strike action since they believe that they have waited long enough. He noted that the GTU is committed to ensuring that it receives whatever it demands. Bearing in mind the interest of its members, Lyte said the necessary action will be taken, as he stressed grave dissatisfaction with the present situation. The GTU has rejected Government’s request for teachers to agree to a debunching pay-off of $200 million for 2018/19. Lyte said the Union similarly rejected the $700 million cap that was placed on salary increases which was for 2018 only. Government also wants the clothing allowance to remain at $8000, a figure which Lyte said was given in 2011. He said too that for Whitley Council Leave, teachers still have to wait four years before getting their one month off even though the GTU appealed for three years. The union is seeking increases of 40 per cent for its 7000 members.last_img read more

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Franklin ready to make return

first_imgFranklin, a former high school math teacher, has a good understanding of his opponent. “I notice that Jason’s strength is in his ground game, and I know he has some great submissions and has put on a great show in the UFC,” he said. MacDonald’s 6-foot-3 frame and reach looks to pose a challenge for Franklin, who is 6-1 and likes to strike at the start of the matches, but Franklin sees MacDonald wanting to take the fight to where he has an advantage. But Franklin doesn’t think MacDonald (18-7) has an advantage on the ground or standing up. “I do believe I have a good ground game, and for safety purposes, it would be stupid of me to take the fight to ground, to his strong point,” he said. “… But I am looking to get the KO.” Franklin finds himself in the rare position of being a contender for the title. He defended successfully twice, but doesn’t feel rushed to get back into a title fight with Silva. Once again, Franklin is not returning to the Octagon to face an easy opponent as he will battle recent UFC addition Canadian Jason MacDonald Saturday in UFC 68 in Columbus, Ohio. MacDonald defeated both Ed Hermen and Chris Leben via submission in his two fights with the organization. “Physically I am where I need to be, and mentally I am ready to go. I can’t wait to get this fight out,” said the 32-year-old Franklin. “Every fight I go into the Octagon, I go to put on a show for the fans. I don’t think you’re going to see anything different from this performance to any performances as far as my effort. I don’t plan on walking in the ring and winning with a ‘safe’ victory or something like that to get back on track. I am just not that type of person mentally.” It seemed almost too easy for Rich Franklin to come into the Octagon and dominate opponent after opponent for nearly three years. He was 7-0 and defeated the likes of David Loiseau, Ken Shamrock and Evan Tanner during his tenure in the UFC. Overall, he sported a 20-1 record and looked to remain the middleweight champion for years until he met Anderson Silva at UFC 64 in October. In that title fight, Franklin (20-2) had a tough task in Silva because it was Franklin’s return to the Octagon after suffering a broken left hand in his win over Loiseau at UFC 58. But Franklin, being the gamer he is, did not want to take on an easier foe in his return and agreed to battle one of the best strikers in mixed martial arts. And nearly three minutes later, he was defeated via KO and in the process, lost his 185-pound crown and tasted defeat for the first time in the UFC. center_img “It doesn’t matter to me,” Franklin said. “If the UFC comes to me and says that my next fight is against Silva for the title that is fine, or if they tell me my next fight is a contender match because other fellas have earned a title shot, then I am fine with that. … I just want to get back into the ring and fight.” For more MMA coverage, visit presstelegram.com/mixedmartialarts. Miguel Lopez can be reached at miguel.lopez@presstelegram.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Liverpool fan injured after Naples attack

first_img0Shares0000A 26-year-old Liverpool supporter was injured after being attacked in the centre of Naples. © AFP / Oli SCARFFNAPLES, Italy, Oct 3 – A Liverpool fan was injured after being attacked in the centre of Naples ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League game, Italian police said.The 26-year-old was drinking with a group of friends outside a cafe on via Cesare Rosaroll in the city’s historic centre just after midnight when they were accosted by a group of local men. The young man was taken to hospital and treated for cuts and bruising notably to his face and knees, police said according to the AGI news agency.He was given medication and later discharged with a full recovery expected in two weeks.Police said video surveillance cameras in the city centre would be used to try and identify the assailants.Napoli take on Liverpool in the second round of Champions League group matches with kickoff at the Stadio San Paolo at 1900 GMT.The English club sit top of Group C after beating Paris Saint-Germain 3-2 in their opener while the Italians were held 0-0 at Red Star Belgrade.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Aston Villa goalkeeper signs new deal and extends Championship loan spell

first_imgAston Villa goalkeeper Jed Steer has signed a new contract with the club and extended his loan spell at Huddersfield.Steer, who joined Villa from Norwich in June 2013, has put pen to paper on a fresh deal with the Premier League side which will run to the summer of 2019.The 23-year-old moved to Huddersfield on an emergency loan in September and has featured five times for the Championship team. He will remain in West Yorkshire until November 11”I am delighted to commit my future here at Villa,” Steer told the club’s official website.“It’s a fantastic place to be – but I am also enjoying getting regular football at Huddersfield Town too.“It’s been good for my football education. Today’s been a good day and I’m focused on pushing forward now.” 1 Jed Steer last_img read more

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Accountant says Enron tried to skirt regulations

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HOUSTON – Enron Corp. tried to dodge accounting rules by dropping a plan to sell assets in a failed water business, a former Arthur Andersen LLP accountant said Monday. John R. Sult, who oversaw the books on Enron’s Azurix water venture for Andersen, told jurors the energy trading company could avoid a write-down of hundreds of millions of dollars by promoting, instead, a $1 billion growth strategy for the unit. “By merely standing up and making the assertion that the strategy exists somehow makes the problem go away,” he testified, explaining his view of Enron’s plan. Enron founder Kenneth Lay is accused of improperly avoiding write-downs and former Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Skilling is accused of misusing reserves. The two men are beginning the eighth week of their trial. Another former Andersen accountant, Thomas Bauer, corroborated earlier testimony from former senior Enron accountant Wesley Colwell that the energy company wrongly dipped into reserves to pad earnings. Bauer, who oversaw the books of Enron’s profitable trading operation, said companies can establish reserves for costs related to assets or liabilities – such as lawsuits – but cannot set aside income in good times to pad earnings in bad. “It is not discretionary to pick a number that helps with an earnings target,” Bauer said. Skilling is also accused of signing letters to outside auditors vouching for Enron’s financial statements, which were allegedly misleading. Lay is accused, too, of lying to outside auditors in October 2001 when he said Enron planned to invest in Wessex Water Ltd., Azurix’s cornerstone asset, allowing Enron to avoid a write-down of $700 million or more. Lay told analysts in a late October 2001 conference call – weeks before the company sought bankruptcy protection – that Andersen had examined the issue and determined that no write-down was necessary. Had Enron maintained its plan to sell Wessex and other Azurix assets, an accounting rule that took effect in January 2002 would have required the energy company to take that write-down and book it as a loss to reconcile the utility’s book value with its true fair market value. A growth strategy would let Enron avoid the write-down, Sult said. Sult said that until the fall of 2001, Enron’s financial statements consistently said the company planned no new growth for its water business. “Trying to avoid a (write-down) within the accounting rules is absolutely OK, isn’t it?” asked Lay lawyer Shawn Cleveland. “Provided it’s within the accounting rules,” Sult replied. Sult also said on cross-examination that he and Lay never discussed Azurix or Wessex. Nor was Lay involved in accounting analyses related to a possible write-down, he said. The government’s indictment alleges that such a write-down could have prompted credit rating agencies to cut Enron’s ranking, which could have jeopardized the company’s ability to borrow millions to support its trading operation. Enron bought Wessex for $2.2 billion in 1998. In 2002, a subsidiary of Malaysian energy group YTL Power International bought Wessex from Enron for $777 million and almost $1 billion in assumed debt. Bauer invoked his Fifth Amendment right not to testify during Andersen’s 2002 obstruction-of-justice trial. The firm’s conviction of obstruction for destroying Enron-related audit documents in late 2001 was overturned last year by the U.S. Supreme Court, which cited vague jury instructions that allowed jurors to convict without finding criminal intent. Skilling faces 31 counts of fraud, conspiracy, insider trading and lying to auditors, while Lay faces seven counts of fraud and conspiracy. Both men say there was no fraud at Enron and negative publicity coupled with diminished market confidence fueled the company’s swift descent into bankruptcy protection in December 2001. last_img read more

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