Rate Scandal Set to Spread [WSJ]
A day after abruptly resigning amid a mushrooming scandal over interest-rate manipulation, former Barclays PLC chief Robert Diamond on Wednesday was assailed by British lawmakers for the bank's actions, in a preview of the scrutiny likely to lie ahead for other big lenders that are under investigation. Barclays last week agreed to pay $453 million to settle U.S. and British authorities' allegations that the British bank tried to manipulate the London interbank offered rate, or Libor, which is the benchmark for interest rates on trillions of dollars of loans to individuals and businesses around the world.
San Diego Accidentally Set Off All Its Fourth Of July Fireworks at Once [AW]
Folks in San Diego witnessed what was either the worst Fourth of July fireworks celebration — or the absolute best — when a technical malfunction caused all of their pyrotechnics to go off at the same time. The annual Big Bay Boom extravaganza began and ended in spectacular fashion when an inadvertent signal set off the explosions about five minutes early and caused the entire 18 minute show to take place in about 15 seconds. Confused spectators waited around for what they thought was going to be the rest of the show, but were sent home and told the show (that was supposed to be choreographed to music) was canceled.
Olympus ordered to pay back £40m in taxes [Accountancy Age]
Tokyo's regional taxation bureau has ordered Olympus to pay back about ¥5bn (£40m) that it owes in back taxes and penalties from its 2008 purchase of British medical equipment maker Gyrus Group. The bureau told Olympus to pay the liability, which is linked to a ¥15bn advisory fee the company claimed it received in relation to the acquisition of Gyrus.
Even the most ardent IFRS supporter will recognize that the timing of Mr. Kroeker's resignation leaves little doubt as to the reason: that he should be spared the final indignity of the SEC's inevitable retreat from IFRS adoption. It was the idée fixe of his three-year tenure, but it quickly devolved into an exercise in damage control with as little as could be said about IFRS from the SEC, the better. Sad to say, but failed IFRS convergence is Mr. Kroeker's only legacy.
Joey Chestnut Downs 68 Hot Dogs To Win Sixth Straight Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest [Deadspin]
And you think your meat sweats are bad.