NYPD(NEW YORK) — The grieving mother of a 26-year-old woman found dismembered in a Brooklyn park this week is speaking out, telling the unknown killer, “You will be dealt with for your sins.”Brandy Odom’s torso was found in Canarsie Park Monday night, a police source said, while her arms and legs were later found Tuesday in the area.Authorities are working to determine the motive, the source said.“Everybody loved her,” the 26-year-old’s mother, Nicole Odom, told ABC station WABC in New York. “I can’t even see how one person would want to do this to her.”She continued, “I can just imagine what kind of pain she probably could have been going through with such a vicious act.”Nicole Odom said she last saw Brandy — who was living with a roommate in Queens — about a month ago when the 26-year-old scored an interview to become a school safety officer.The distraught mother said she learned of the gruesome discovery while watching the news.“Whoever did this to my daughter — I might not know who did it, the police might not know who did it, but the great God up above knows who did it,” Nicole Odom said. “And you will be dealt with for your sins that you caused.”A reward up to $2,500 is being offered for information leading to an arrest and indictment of anyone responsible for her death, the NYPD said. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-577-8477.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Europe’s market watchdog the European Securities and Markets Authority has revealed it expects the International Accounting Standards Board’s (IASB) new financial instruments accounting standard to have a major impact on financial institutions.The new standard takes effect for the reporting period beginning on or after 1 January 2018.In a report on enforcement and regulatory activities during 2015, ESMA said it would put out “two statements to inform the market and encourage listed companies to provide timely and relevant information on the expected impact of the new financial reporting standards once the endorsement timeline is clarified”.The second statement will relate to the IASB’s new revenue-recognition standard IFRS 15, Revenue from Contracts with Customers. The IASB launched its bid to develop International Financial Reporting Standard 9, Financial Instruments (IFRS 9), in 2009 in the wake of the financial crisis.Alongside a simplified classification and measurement model for financial assets, the new standard also features what its supporters describe as a more forward-looking impairment model for financial assets held at amortised cost.ESMA said: “IFRS 9 is expected to have a major impact on the financial statements of financial institutions, mainly because it will determine a material increase in the impairment losses, with effects on the performance, and require major changes in IT systems.”It remains unclear when the European Union will endorse IFRS 9.Although the European Commission and the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group support the standard, it has met with stiff opposition from many investors.ESMA’s main role is to promote the consistent application of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and foster convergence of enforcement practices across Europe.To this end, ESMA has a number of enforcement tools at its disposal to improve the quality of financial information and ensure the consistent application of financial reporting standards.Its 2014 ESMA Guidelines are intended to make sure issuers in the EU comply with the requirements of the Transparency Directive.Similarly, its 2015 ESMA Guidelines on Alternative Performance Measures are intended to promote the “usefulness and transparency of Alternative Performance Measures included in prospectuses or regulated information”.Since 2012, ESMA has also identified each European Common Enforcement Priorities in a bid to promote the consistent application of European securities and markets legislation and IFRS among issuers and their auditors.The 2015 look-back also reveals that, during 2015, ESMA and national enforcers examined 189 listed issuers’ compliance with IFRS in 26 countries, focusing on areas identified in the 2014 European Common Enforcement Priorities.These steps led regulators to take enforcement action against 40 issuers.
Oil giant Shell has informed it has started to supply natural gas from the Ineos and Spirit Energy-owned Clipper South field, into the UK gas network via Shell’s Clipper hub in the southern North Sea. The Clipper field is located in the southern part of the UK sector of the North Sea in the Sole Pit area.Clipper South platform / Image Source: IneosAccording to Shell, under a new commercial agreement with Ineos and Spirit Energy, Shell is remotely operating the Clipper South field and transporting the gas through the Clipper hub for processing at Shell’s Bacton terminal in Norfolk. The gas is then fed into the UK National Grid.The unmanned Clipper South platform had relied upon the Lincolnshire Offshore Gas Gathering System (LOGGS) and Theddlethorpe gas terminal to transport its gas to shore. The new Clipper hub to Bacton route will help ensure its continued operation after the planned decommissioning of those assets, Shell said.“Our Clipper hub and upgraded terminal at Bacton are helping to maximize the recovery of gas from the UK North Sea,” said ONEGas Asset Manager, Anne O’Halloran. “We are keen to partner with other companies on similar agreements to help supply gas to homes and businesses across the country.”Shell and ExxonMobil completed a £300 million rejuvenation project at the Bacton gas terminal in 2017, enabling it to handle more gas from offshore fields, Shell said.The Clipper hub is located approximately 41 miles (66 kilometers) from the Norfolk coast and can transport up to 400 million standard cubic feet of gas a day. It produces and processes gas from its own wells, and imports and processes gas from the Barque, Galleon, Skiff, Cutter, and Carrack fields. It is a normally attended installation that comprises five fixed-bridge linked platforms.
MICKEY Arthur believes Pakistan have made “significant strides” in one-day international cricket since his appointment as head coach, but admits there is work to do in the Test arena.The experienced South African took charge in May 2016 with his new employers languishing down in ninth place in the ICC ODI rankings.While there were growing pains at the start of his reign – Pakistan were beaten 4-1 by both England and Australia – they rose to the challenge at the ICC Champions Trophy in June, stunning rivals India in a one-sided final on English soil.While Arthur sees a bright future in the shorter formats, he accepts his younger players need to step up in Test cricket as they begin life without batsmen Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq, who both retired after the 2-1 series victory over West Indies in May.“We’ve almost come full circle. When I took over a year-and-a-bit ago, the emphasis was on one-day cricket, because that’s where we were lagging,” he told ESPNcricinfo.“We’ve made significant strides in that area with our brand of cricket. Players certainly are playing with a lot more sense of freedom, with us looking to strike with the ball, particularly in those middle overs, and our fielding.“The Test team was very settled [when I took over]. It was just a continuation, and we had that fantastic series against England [in 2016].“Now, though, the wheel has turned. Our one-day team seems pretty settled and is going in the right direction in terms of our brand, but we sit with a Test team that we need to develop, primarily in the batting.“But I’m very excited to see how the likes of Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam and Azhar Ali become our premier players. How they adjust to that responsibility is going to be fantastic.”Arthur pinpointed a specific moment during the tour of Australia that made him realise how desperately Pakistan needed to improve in limited-overs cricket.“The tipping point for us was when we needed some fresh legs for the one-day series in Australia,” he explained.“I’ll never forget taking the one-day players who just arrived out onto the outfield to do some work at lunchtime in front of a packed house at the MCG. The standards that those players arrived in was embarrassing. I was embarrassed to see those players run on the outfield.“Ultimately, that was a reflection of the culture, a reflection on our dressing room. The reflection I wanted on our dressing room was one that was thoroughly professional, one where we push the standards all the time and look to improve ourselves.”(Omnisport)