first_imgPSG to compete with Juventus for Man Utd outcast Paul Pogbaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG are expected to compete for Manchester United outcast Paul Pogba in January.The Daily Star says United’s £89million Frenchman has become such a divisive figure in the dressing room that club chiefs are ready to flog him less than three years after making him the most expensive player in the world.Jose Mourinho has run out of patience with the midfielder, 25, and it is understood United are planning to cash in on him next month regardless of whether Mourinho continues as boss.The feeling is it is best to part ways now – to help Mourinho turn the season around and ensure any prospective new boss does not inherit the problem.Juventus are in contact, though Paris St-Germain are also sure to join the bidding. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgA closeup of Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury.LUBBOCK, TX – OCTOBER 18: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders during game action against the Kansas Jayhawks on October 18, 2014 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. Texas Tech won the game 34-21.(Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)USC’s new offensive coordinator, Kliff Kingsbury, revealed this morning that he was “close” to taking another major job before joining the Trojans.The former Texas Tech head coach said on The Dan Patrick Show that he nearly accepted an offer from Sean McVay and the Los Angeles Rams.“I really have a ton of respect for Coach McVay and what he’s done. Great dude who treats people the right way, innovative on offense, high energy. I would’ve loved to see, on a daily basis, how he does things and would’ve tried to contribute anyway I can. But just felt like this was the right spot for me at the right time,” he said.Kingsbury has been linked to other NFL jobs, too.FOX NFL insider Jay Glazer reported on Sunday that NFL teams might try to pluck Kingsbury from USC before he coaches in a game.Kingsbury, though, says the USC opportunity was too good to pass on.“I played in [the NFL.] I’ve been fascinated by that League… But this opportunity was too great to pass up with the talent we have [at USC.] It’s a great city to work and live in,” he said.”I played in [the NFL.] I’ve been fascinated by that League… But this opportunity was too great to pass up with the talent we have [at USC.] It’s a great city to work and live in.” – @KliffKingsbury on @dpshow— Andrew Perloff (@andrewperloff) December 17, 2018We’ll see if that ends up being the case.If NFL teams are actually really interested in Kingsbury, it’ll be tough for him to stay put.last_img read more

first_imgAlmost 100 Nova Scotia paramedics were presented with long service awards by Health Minister Maureen MacDonald, today, May 20, at a ceremony in Halifax. The Paramedic Long Service Award is based on years of service to Nova Scotia by paramedics and others who provide emergency health services. The award is based on five-year increments of service of 20 years and more. “EHS paramedics are highly qualified people with life-saving skills,” said Ms. MacDonald. “They play a critical role in providing better health care to families in every region. It is important we take the time to recognize and thank these men and women for their hard work and dedication, and for the contribution they make to our health and public safety.” Paramedics with 20 years of service receive a medal for their dress uniform. For each additional five-year increment, paramedics receive a service bar pinned on the medal. Over the past 20 years, the paramedic profession has gone through a significant evolution, from simply transporting patients, to providing basic and advanced life support using state-of-the-art equipment. Paramedics can now diagnose heart attacks, administer clot-busting drugs for faster treatment, and use e-PCR systems for patient record management. Paramedics are increasingly providing primary care in many communities, in partnership with health-care professionals such as family physicians and nurse practitioners. This care includes immunizations, assessment and care of patients after discharge and wellness checks. Emergency Health Services is a division of the Department of Health. It is responsible for the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of pre-hospital emergency health services in the province. In November 2004, the province’s ground ambulance system became the first Canadian ambulance service accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services. It recognizes Nova Scotia’s ground ambulance system as one of the best in North America.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s transport minister says travellers aboard domestic flights will be allowed to carry a small quantity of cannabis with them after Oct. 17.But Marc Garneau warns against packing it into luggage that’s destined outside the country. And the country’s airport screening authority says it has yet to finalize procedures for dealing with passengers taking pot through security lines.Garneau says as long as they are on domestic flights, Canadians can bring up to 30 grams of marijuana with them once possession for personal use becomes legal.The minister warns, however, that international passengers should not carry cannabis.Transport Canada says taking cannabis, or products that contain pot, across the U.S. border remains illegal.While several American states have legalized marijuana, possession of the drug is still illegal under U.S. federal law.In addition, export and import of cannabis remains illegal no matter which country you travel to. For example, if a traveller leaves from the Montreal airport for Amsterdam, they will not be allowed to bring cannabis with them on the plane or in checked luggage.“As long as the flight is domestic, then people are allowed to bring up to a certain quantity for their personal use,” Garneau told reporters in Ottawa on Tuesday.Under Bill C-45, Canadian adults will be allowed to carry up to 30 grams of dried cannabis in public.The Canadian Air Transport Safety Authority said Tuesday it is still working to ensure its rules conform with the law.“We have been working with Transport Canada since the government passed the cannabis legislation to ensure our protocols are consistent with government policy,” said CATSA spokeswoman Christine Langlois.“We expect to finalize our procedures in the coming days.”last_img read more

“There is no trade-off between feeding people and saving our Planet,” said Kanayo F. Nwanze, the President of the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), who is attending the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa.“It is clear that food security and climate change, humanity’s two greatest challenges in the 21st century, are inextricably linked.”According to IFAD, the world’s 500 million smallholder farms will have to significantly increase production over the next four decades to keep pace with a growing global population. They are required to do that in the face of more frequent extreme weather events and shifting weather conditions caused by climate change.Prior to his departure for Durban, Mr. Nwanze stressed that despite the slow pace of climate negotiations, IFAD is observing “significant, tangible changes” in developing countries towards sustainable agriculture.“Out in their fields, farmers are already adapting to the changing climate and realizing that they must respect and preserve the environment if they are to feed their families and produce a surplus for markets,” he said. “And policymakers at the country level are citing the impact of extreme weather on their crop production and asking for climate change to be addressed in rural development projects.”Mr. Nwanze noted that global investment in agriculture had dropped by half over the past 30 years, and called for greater efforts towards expanding public investment in research to build farmers’ resilience to climate change and to support their adoption of sustainable agricultural practices.IFAD-supported initiatives in Burkina Faso, China, Ethiopia, Peru and elsewhere are showing success in helping poor farmers increase their productivity and incomes. The farmers make maximum use of natural processes, thus reducing the need for environmentally harmful external inputs.“There is already a scaling up of sustainable agricultural practices in many parts of the world,” said Mr. Nwanze. “What we need now is a rapid acceleration of these changes so that smallholder farmers can successfully feed their families, connect to markets and contribute more to global food production,” he added.Meanwhile, IFAD, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and UN World Food Programme (WFP) have assisted over 22 million people hardest hit by the global food price crisis thanks to generous funding from the European Union’s Food Facility (EUFF), demonstrating that investing in agriculture and nutrition improves global food security.The combined effects of high food prices in 2007-2008 and the global financial and economic downturn pushed millions of people into poverty and hunger. By the end of 2008, when the number of undernourished people neared one billion, the EU launched the €1 billion facility.Set up in close collaboration with the UN High-Level Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis, EUFF channelled some €367 million through FAO, IFAD and WFP to bridge the gap between short-term emergency needs and longer-term development by boosting agricultural production and productivity in countries hardest hit by the crises, the three agencies said in a joint statement. 2 December 2011Ensuring global food security while striving to save the Planet from damage are the greatest challenges of this century, a senior United Nations official said today, stressing the need to enable smallholder farmers to become more resilient to climate change and to produce more food in ways that are environmentally sustainable. read more

TORONTO — A new report suggests that a growing number of older workers are taking on part-time jobs, which in turn is pushing up the unemployment rate among teenaged students.[np_storybar title=”‘Work until I die’: Why older Americans are refusing to retire and how it’s changing the face of labour” link=””%5D This 72-year-old mailman with the longest route in America shows just how seniors are disrupting the American labour system.Continue reading. [/np_storybar]The CIBC World Markets report says the unemployment rate for students aged 15 to 18 who are seeking part-time work has climbed to a record high of more than 20%.The report also notes that employment among those in the 15-18 age group has fallen by 22% since 2007 even though the overall population in that age group has declined by only four per cent.Although Canada’s unemployment rate has recovered from its peak during the recession, the report says the number of manufacturing and government jobs has been shrinking.This decline in the availability of quality jobs is forcing many older Canadians to take work in the retail and food service sectors — jobs that traditionally would have been reserved for students.The report notes that employment in kitchen help, retail sales and cashier positions has plummeted among those under 19, but soared for other age groups, including those 25 and over.CIBC’s chief economist Avery Shenfeld says this can pose a challenge for youth from lower income households, who may need the cash from part-time work to save for their post-secondary education.“Some might dismiss the absence of student jobs as no big deal,” said Shenfeld.“True, there’s less foregone income than in the loss of full-time adult positions. But student jobs are not just about being able to splurge for designer jeans. For lower income, single-parent households, those extra dollars can be material.” read more

The meeting is set to approve the governing arrangements as well as the programme framework for the Fund, a body which was welcomed by Member States during last September’s 2005 World Summit and which has already received pledges for more than $41 million from 17 countries from various regions of the world.“The Secretary-General sees UNDEF as an innovative and flexible mechanism for advancing the UN democracy agenda. UNDEF will support projects aimed at consolidating and strengthening democratic institutions and processes such as the drafting of constitutions and the development of pluralistic media,” Mr. Annan’s spokesman said today.“It will also fund projects designed to empower civil society, strengthen the rule of law, increase popular participation and ensure that people are able to exercise their democratic rights. Its comparative advantage is expected to be its capacity to help build the enabling environment necessary for democratic institutions to function more effectively.”At today’s first meeting of the Advisory Board, General Assembly President Jan Eliasson expressed appreciation for the Secretary-General’s initiative in setting up the Fund and wished the Board success in its work.“He remarked that democracy has an important place in the UN reform process, and that one clear example of the use of the Fund will be in the work of the Peacebuilding Commission,” Mr. Eliasson’s spokesperson said today. The Fund’s Advisory Board is made up of 17 members, including representatives from the largest Member State contributors to the Fund, those from Member States selected by Mr. Annan to reflect diverse geographical representation, and also representatives from civil society and personal representatives of the Secretary-General. read more

A student in Brock University’s Oenology and Viticulture program has been recognized as a Rising Star in the wine industry.Jessica Oppenlaender, a third-year student, was the recipient of the newly established RBC Niagara Wine Rising Star Award, receiving a $1,000 bursary at the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival to continue her education.Presented at the festival’s RBC reception Sept. 21, the award recognizes top individuals currently pursuing an education in the wine industry. “I am very honoured,” said Oppenlaender. “I have loved science since I was a little girl, and I grew up on a vineyard.”The Niagara native comes from a grape growing family and has excelled academically in the highly demanding program. She is a top performer in the classroom, achieving the highest marks amongst her peers in her third year.“Jessica certainly is a rising star in the grape and wine industry,” said Debbie Inglis, Director of the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI). “I am thrilled to see her technical expertise, her passion and her ability to lead the next generation recognized with this inaugural award.”Oppenlaender attributes her experience at Brock to her successes, especially being able to participate at various events to get hands-on experience. She is a regular volunteer at grape and wine events, and said she enjoys those where the public is invited to learn more about the industry.“I have the chance to talk to people about the industry and get them excited about it,” said Oppenlaender.This year, she is volunteering with CCOVI at the Educate Your Senses seminars held during the Grape and Wine Festival. She also gives back by mentoring new students in the Oenology and Viticulture program.Oppenlaender is working hard to be a part of the next generation of professionals who will help the grape and wine industry grow and prosper. She spent this past summer working in CCOVI labs to help develop diagnostic tests, evaluate new equipment, write operating procedures for others in the laboratory and translate those procedures to the grape and wine industry.“Not only does she have the technical expertise at the bench, but she is also a great science communicator,” said Inglis. “She’s able to get users excited about new technology and explain it in a way that is easy to understand and apply.”Oppenlaender plans to pursue her master’s degree once she completes her Honours Bachelor of Science. She wants to have her own lab one day.CCOVI has been partnering with the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival in St. Catharines’ Montebello Park for the past 20 years, offering interactive and educational seminars as part of its outreach initiatives. The Educate Your Senses seminars continue this weekend with sessions on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 2, 3 and 4 p.m. read more

2014Oakland3-132 2013Tampa Bay4-12— Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 8Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 8 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game 2001Detroit2-1410 SEA73SEA65HOU 38, SEA 41-8.2– Arizona3-43119.9 Miami4-32419.1 Cleveland0-81119.0 SEASONTEAMFINAL RECORDYRS. TO PLAYOFFS NO79NO75CHI 12, NO 20-4.0– WINS 2007St. Louis3-13— NE84NE81LAC 13, NE 21-3.6– Oakland3-52220.6 TB55%CAR52%CAR 17, TB 3+5.1– We’re at the unofficial halfway point of the season, and with the possible exception of the Philadelphia Eagles, no team’s season has been without turbulence. The defense of the reigning Super Bowl champion New England Patriots has been dreadful at times. Eli Manning and the New York Giants had a decent chance of making the playoffs in preseason, but they have proven to be terrible. Even teams that are currently cruising, like the Steelers and Saints, have had to survive rough patches. But one thing has been consistent in this strange season: The San Francisco 49ers and the Cleveland Browns have been utterly hopeless.This is nothing new. The Browns and 49ers rank No. 1 and No. 2 for fewest wins since Week 1 of 2015. And while the 49ers received some positive news Tuesday when they acquired quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo from the Patriots for a second-round draft pick, the Browns reportedly failed to notify the NFL about a trade for Bengals backup QB A.J. McCarron before the trade deadline. (So at least the Niners are better than the Browns when it comes to filing logistical paperwork.) Regardless, both teams are on course to finish last in their respective divisions for the third straight year.If they keep up their incompetence, the Browns and Niners will be rewarded with the opportunity to select the best college players in next year’s draft. The NFL’s draft system is designed to prevent teams from being too bad for too long, but this duo has defied that system in recent years — and may continue to do so. Source: ESPN The future is bleak for the Browns and 49ersFewest wins projected in the NFL over the next three seasons PIT52PIT57PIT 20, DET 15+2.1– Of the 10 teams that have started a season 0-8 from 2001 to 2014, half of them made the playoffs within the next three seasons. Some of these turnarounds shouldn’t be surprising, especially in the case of the 2011 Indianapolis Colts, who lost Peyton Manning to a neck injury prior to the start of the season. They selected Andrew Luck with the No. 1 pick in the 2012 draft and made the playoffs for the next three years. Likewise, the infamous 0-16 Detroit Lions parlayed their ineptitude in 2008 into Matthew Stafford and made the playoffs within three seasons.But then when you look at the other five teams that started 0-8 — which each averaged 4.7 wins a season for the three years after their 0-8 start — the future suddenly becomes gloomier.To test what the future holds for these two, we ran a regression to try to predict the total number of wins of all 30 teams over the next three seasons, based on statistics from the current season. We used some standard metrics: offensive and defensive expected points added and a concoction of each player’s age and number of snaps played. What our model spat out was interesting but not shocking: Cleveland and San Fran are projected to be two of the worst teams for the next three years. Perhaps the addition of Garoppolo will help the Niners outpace our projections slightly, and perhaps the Browns will finally develop that franchise quarterback, be it possible draft picks like Josh Rosen or Sam Darnold or Mason Rudolph or even current rookie starter DeShone Kizer. (Just kidding, it’s not DeShone Kizer.) But for both teams, our projections see no clear light at the end of the tunnel. 2011Indianapolis2-141 OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION FiveThirtyEight vs. The ReadersHalloween weekend gave some real frights to the readers in our NFL prediction game, in which we invite you to outsmart our Elo algorithm. The biggest came in the Buffalo Bills’ 34-14 win over the Oakland Raiders, where the readers were more hopeful that Derek Carr and company had turned a corner. Buffalo held serve at home and registered a net 12.8-point loss for our readers. The Miami Dolphins had their biggest nightmare of the season on Thursday, when their league-worst offense was shut out for the second time this season, this time against the Baltimore Ravens. That loss wasn’t pretty for the readers, either — they netted a 4.4-point loss.Week 8 wasn’t all gloom and doom for the readers, though. They enjoyed a 5.1-point net win in the Carolina Panthers’ 17-3 victory on the road over the struggling Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And Dallas also came to the readers’ rescue, handing them 3.4 net points with its 33-19 win over Washington. Thanks for playing this week — be sure you make your Week 9 picks nice and early. 2010Buffalo4-12— The playoffs may never come after a bad startYears until teams made it to playoffs after starting season with 0-8 record, 2001-14 Indianapolis2-62716.0 TEAM2017 RECORDPAST THREE SEASONSNEXT THREE SEASONS N.Y. Giants1-62320.4 2007Miami1-151 N.Y. Jets3-51920.1 2013Jacksonville4-12— 2008Cincinnati4-11-11 PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.RESULTREADERS’ NET PTS BAL53BAL51MIA 0, BAL 40-4.4– WSH52DAL54DAL 33, WSH 19+3.4– 2008Detroit0-163 ATL60ATL64ATL 25, NYJ 20+0.7– CIN70CIN71IND 23, CIN 24-1.2– MIN84MIN86MIN 33, CLE 16-1.2– Chicago3-51421.8 BUF66BUF53OAK 14, BUF 34-12.8– San Francisco0-81516.1 Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group KC78KC76DEN 19, KC 29-3.6– Detroit3-42721.9 PHI90PHI90SF 10, PHI 33-1.4– The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. read more

first_imgHP et Oracle : la guerre aurait pu être évitéeAutrefois partenaires, Oracle et HP sont aujourd’hui adversaires devant les tribunaux. En procès suite à l’arrêt par le premier du support des processeurs Itanium, les deux groupes auraient pourtant songé à étendre leur alliance en acquérant de façon commune la firme Sun Microsystems.4 milliards de dollars : c’est la somme que HP entend réclamer à Oracle en guise de dédommagement suite à la décision de ce dernier, en mars 2011, de mettre fin au support des processeurs pour serveurs Intel Itanium. Quelques semaines après cette annonce, HP a décidé d’attaquer son ancien partenaire en justice, l’accusant de rupture abusive de contrat.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Oracle se défend en affirmant que ces puces étaient en fin de vie. La firme assure qu’Intel était sur le point d’abandonner cette architecture tandis que HP envisageait de ne plus utiliser ce type de serveurs dans ces produits, choses vivement démenties par les principaux intéressés. La guerre est donc clairement déclarée entre deux firmes qui, un peu plus tôt, étaient pourtant prêtes à s’allier autour d’un nouveau projet.L’ancien PDG d’HP et depuis septembre 2010 coprésident d’Oracle Corporation, Mark Hurd, a été appelé à témoigner devant la Cour Supérieure du Tribunal de Santa Clara à San Jose, en Californie, dans le cadre du procès qui vient de commencer. Et comme le rapporte le site Wired, il a évoqué l’idée d’une acquisition commune de la firme Sun Microsystems. Lary Ellison, le fondateur d’Oracle, aurait en effet soumis une proposition en ce sens à HP. Mais le comité de direction du constructeur se serait opposé à ce projet, et c’est finalement seul, le 27 janvier 2010, qu’Oracle a acquis Sun pour quelque 7,4 milliards. Aujourd’hui, en plus d’attaquer Oracle pour rupture abusive de contrat, HP poursuit la firme pour calomnie et diffamation. Le constructeur reproche en effet à son ancien partenaire d’avoir menti en évoquant la fin proche des processeurs Itanium. Pour lui, ces déclarations avaient pour seul but d’engendrer une confusion auprès des clients et les encourager à se tourner vers les serveurs SPARC nés de son rachat de Sun Microsystems.Le 14 juin 2012 à 11:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 16 Nov 2015 – Owners of the Tuscany and Venetian resort condos on Grace Bay filed a complaint about the proposed 12-storey development planned for next door to their properties, and today a judgment was handed down giving them victory in the case. Chief Justice Margaret Ramsay Hale agreed with the argument put forth by Tuscany and Venetian and ruled for their legal costs to be covered by respondents in the case and stated in the ruling that there was a breach. Those respondents are: The Governor, the Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Planning and the Director of Planning. From the judgment the case was won by the Venetian and the Tuscany owners because there was insufficient public consultation and the applicants challenged the authority of Cabinet or Planning Department to alter the planning ordinance in the way that they did. In her grounds for the ruling, the CJ says while the Director of Planning and the Minister, who is in this case Hon Amanda Misick are given certain authorities, those need to be thoroughly executed by ensuring among other things that people who will be impacted by the proposed zoning changes are informed and given opportunity to make representation before any plan is submitted and approved by the Governor. This proper process, according to Ramsay-Hale, did not happen. When it comes to the consultation on this zoning change to go with taller buildings in Provo, the Chief Justice outlines that the consultation must come at a point when there is an opportunity to influence the proposal and not when the decision has already been made. The town hall meeting held by the PNP Administration was described as a ‘sham’ by attendees as it appeared the plan was already approved before having public input. The case today determined that a notice by the Department of Planning to amend the Development Manual to make the 12 story or 150-ft height legal was rescinded and called ‘void’ and of ‘no effect’ by the Chief Justice in her ruling. Magnetic Media has sought to get reaction to the decision handed down just hours ago; there was no reply up to news production time. Recommended for you Oseta Jolly Primary gets huge donation from two leading resort developments Related Items:12 storey, margaret, shutdown, the venetian, tuscany Opposition says: Govt slow to restore construction industry; 12-storey debacle no surprise RitzCarlton sets up signs for 12-storey on Grace Bay Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 18, 2017 – Nassau – Police say they have a suspect for the Ida Street shooting of Monday night, explaining that the launch of an island wide man hunt was a success in this case and others are being sought for the Monday night crime.   The victim was standing in the front of his home when he was shot by two men, who drove up to him in a white Honda vehicle and sped off.Police also yesterday released wanted posters.   The shooting on Ida Street takes the country’s murder count to 113.   It is a horrifying statistic which has the PM of The Bahamas, Dr. Hubert Minnis begging Bahamians to turn the criminals in to authorities.   In 2016, The Bahamas counted 111 people killed and saw the figure spike to an alarming 146 in 2015, according to the tabulation of the #NassauGuardian.#MagneticMediaNews#shootingonIdaStreet Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #NassauGuardian., #shootingonIdaStreetlast_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON — The top leaders in the Democratic party called on embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., to resign Saturday even as the scandal-tarred congressman announced he would seek a leave of absence from the House to seek treatment.Weiner spokeswoman Risa Heller said Saturday afternoon that the congressman “departed this morning to seek professional treatment to focus on becoming a better husband and healthier person.” She added that he would request “a short leave of absence from the House” after which he would make a decision on his political future. Heller did not return an email regarding what sort of treatment Weiner was seeking.Weiner’s decision came just as the Democratic party leadership issued a coordinated call for him to resign.“Congressman Weiner has the love of his family, the confidence of his constituents, and the recognition that he needs help,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.). “I urge Congressman Weiner to seek that help without the pressures of being a Member of Congress.”Of Weiner, Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida said “the behavior he has exhibited is indefensible and Representative Weiner’s continued service in Congress is untenable.”Assistant House Minority Leader Jim Clyburn of South Carolina offered a discordant note in the nearly-unanimous calls for Weiner’s resignation; “I stand by my comments from last week that the full Caucus should address this issue when we meet next week,” he said in a statement.last_img read more

first_imgHyderabad: South Central Railway (SCR) Additional General Manager John Thomas conducted a detailed review on safety, punctuality and freight loading on Monday at Rail Nilayam in Secunderabad, along with the principal heads of departments and Divisional Railway Managers (DRM) of all six divisions i.e., Secunderabad, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Guntakal, Guntur and Nanded, through video conference. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us The Additional General Manager stressed on the precautions to be taken for running of the trains during monsoon season. He advised all the DRMs to intensify the patrolling at bridges, tunnels and tanks and vulnerable areas to avoid any unusual occurrences. He also instructed to make action plans to ensure safety of the track during monsoon season. He advised all the officers and staff to strictly avoid short cut methods in day-to-day train operations. John Thomas reviewed the signal and engineering failures during the onset of monsoon season. Also Read – Vemulawada school seized after road accident Advertise With Us On the punctuality aspect, he advised all the DRMs to personally monitor and draw an action plan to attain optimal punctuality duly ensuring safe working. During the meeting, he also instructed all the DRMs to take special attention on the progress of elimination of manned-level crossings. He also reviewed the progress on the implementation of e-office and Unique Medical Identity Card (UMID) registrations by employees and pensioners. Chief Administrative Officer (Construction) Vijay Agarwal and other senior officials were present in the meeting.last_img read more

first_imgThis combination photo shows president Donald Trump and attorney Michael Cohen. The audio recording of Trump and his then-lawyer, Cohen, captures the two men discussing hush money payments to a former Playboy model alleging an affair. Photo : APThe sudden public airing of Donald Trump talking about paying for a Playboy model’s silence marks a turning point in the legal game of cat-and-mouse between the president and the lawyer who once promised to take a bullet for Trump but now seems out to save himself.The feud between Trump and his onetime legal “fixer,” Michael Cohen, escalated when an audio recording of their 2016 pre-election conversation was released Tuesday by Cohen, prompting Trump to tweet Wednesday: “What kind of a lawyer would tape a client? So sad!”As the two sides battled over the exact meaning of the sometimes-garbled words on the recording, it was clear that the tape could be just an opening volley. At least a dozen more recordings were seized from Cohen’s office as well as hundreds of thousands of documents.The tape, made just weeks before the 2016 election, appears to undermine Trump’s contention that he was not aware of a payment to former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal, who has alleged she had an affair with the married future president.That raises questions about possible campaign finance violations. It shows Cohen advising Trump on campaign matters, and that could be of interest to investigators looking into whether the lawyer violated election laws by orchestrating hush money payouts.Cohen says on the tape he’s already spoken with the Trump Organization’s finance chief, Allen Weisselberg, on “how to set the whole thing up.” Weisselberg’s involvement has led to speculation about whether Trump’s private business tried to protect his campaign.Trump’s lawyers say the payments were never made.The tape’s revelations also mark a new chapter for Cohen, who, as he mulls cooperating with federal prosecutors and perhaps special counsel Robert Mueller, is viewed by many in Trump’s orbit as the greatest threat to the former businessman’s presidency.Cohen rose through the ranks of the Trump Organization by mimicking his boss’ style in handling his personal and political problems. Now he and his own attorney, former Clinton lawyer Lanny Davis, are taking another page from the Trump playbook – fighting a legal battle in the court of public opinion.With his apartment under construction after a pipe burst, Cohen has been holed up in a Midtown Manhattan hotel. From that luxurious bunker, Cohen has grown increasingly concerned that his relationship with the president has fractured beyond repair, according to two people familiar with his views but not authorized to discuss them publicly.Cohen, who would make bad stories disappear and travel the globe to make deals for the Trump Organization, now feels increasingly isolated and burned by the attacks against him by Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani and by the president’s efforts to play down his former fixer’s role.And when the president’s legal team waived attorney-client privilege, prompting Giuliani to declare that the tape was “exculpatory” for Trump, Cohen’s team moved to release it, believing it backed up his own version of events, the people said. The attorney told confidants that he was tired of being a punching bag and wanted to try to seize control of the story.The meaning of the tape is up for debate.Days before the recording, American Media Inc, which owns the National Enquirer, paid $150,000 to McDougal for the rights to her story about the alleged 2006 affair. She later sued, claiming that AMI paid for the story with the intention of burying it to protect Trump. AMI president David Pecker is a close friend of the president.Cohen is heard on the tape discussing AMI’s payment, and says of “David” that “I’ll have to pay him something.”The audio is muffled but Trump can be heard saying something about “cash,” and then something about paying by check. Giuliani insists Trump says, “Don’t pay with cash.”But Davis, Cohen’s attorney, maintains that Trump’s reference to “cash” is damaging. “The only people who use cash are drug dealers and mobsters,” he told CNN. In another twist in a tale full of them, Davis himself had previously worked with AMI and moved to squash unflattering stories about the company. He did not return calls for comment Wednesday.Whichever account is accurate, the tape appears to bring limited additional legal exposure to the president himself. But the revelation of the audio on prime-time television, complete with exaggerated appeals by Davis to Trump’s supporters to listen to the president’s comments, was designed to impeach the credibility of the president and his leading lawyer.The recorded conversation took place in early September 2016. But a campaign spokesperson told The Wall Street Journal in November of that year concerning the McDougal agreement, “We have no knowledge of any of this.”Trump, for his part, weighed in on Twitter on Wednesday, suggesting the sudden conclusion to the recording should be viewed suspiciously.”Why was the tape so abruptly terminated (cut) while I was presumably saying positive things?” he tweeted. “I hear there are other clients and many reporters that are taped – can this be so? Too bad!”Trump’s searing tweets marked a new low point in his relationship with Cohen, who worked for the president for a decade and grew close to his family. Though Cohen was Trump’s right-hand man at the business, he was not given a major role in the campaign. He did run the president’s outreach to faith groups and became a fierce defender on television, including a notable CNN clip in which he demands, “Says who?” after being shown poor poll numbers.Though he hoped for a key White House position, Cohen was left behind in New York, where he capitalized on his access to the president in business dealings with a number of corporate clients. Famously brusque with most reporters, he vehemently challenged the references to him in a dossier of uncorroborated information about Trump even as he was called in to testify before special counsel Mueller.After the raid by federal prosecutors, Cohen’s relationship with Trump shattered. The men have not spoken for months and Giuliani has routinely lobbed grenades at the attorney.Though Cohen’s move to record Trump was unorthodox, it likely was not illegal. In New York, only one party has to give consent to a conversation being recorded. Steven Lubet, a Northwestern University expert on legal ethics, said he was unaware of any rule in New York that explicitly bars a lawyer from recording a client without consent.But other rules, such as ones requiring lawyers and clients to have full and open communication, and barring them from engaging in fraud, dishonesty or misrepresentation, could possibly be construed as requiring an attorney to obtain consent. Rule or not, it’s certainly an unorthodox practice and could leave lawyers subject to a bar complaint. Trump has a “legitimate complaint” and it’s fair for him to ask what kind of lawyer would secretly record a client, Lubet said.”The nature of the attorney/client relationship itself would dictate that a client’s consent would be needed for taping,” Lubet said.last_img read more

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 22 February 2015 Renu Begum, eldest sister of missing British girl Shamima Begum, holds a picture of her sister while being interviewed by the media in central London. Photo: AFPShamima Begum, a British teenager of Bangladeshi descent who ran away in 2015 to become an Islamic State (IS) jihadi bride, has been moved from a Syrian refugee camp after threats were made against them, according to her family’s lawyer.The 19-year-old and her son were moved from the Al-Hol camp due to “safety concerns around her and her baby,” the Guardian reported on Friday citing lawyer Tasnime Akunjee.Last week Begum, who left the UK in 2015 with two school friends, said she wanted to return home for the health of her then-unborn child.Home secretary Sajid Javid has ordered stripping off of her UK citizenship, a move Begum called “unjust” and “hard to swallow”.On Friday, British tabloid Sun reported that Begum had received death threats since speaking out about her plight.British officials have ruled out any effort inside Syria to extract Begum and her child.Her family have pleaded for the mother and child to be allowed to come back to Britain. They say the teenager should face justice if she is found to have broken the law by travelling to Syria.Earlier this week, a shooting range in Wirral in north-west England defended its use of Begum’s image as a target, saying it had received a large number of requests from customers.last_img read more

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:00 Listen center_img X On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: Growth in the greater Houston area has driven more runoff and an inability for the land to absorb water at a rate that outpaces current detention, drainage, and development regulations. That’s according to two new reports from the Greater Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium explain. We learn their recommendations.Also this hour: In August of 2012, freelance journalist and Houston native Austin Tice disappeared while reporting from Syria. Houston Matters host Craig Cohen talks with Tice’s parents, Marc and Debra, about their Night Out For Austin fundraiser and their recent meetings with Trump administration officials.Then, we explore what you should know before starting a new business and discuss how Houston ranks among the top cities where small business owners are thriving.And a Rice University production of Lolly Willowes involves chamber musicians with the drama onstage.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharelast_img read more

first_img 1. Destiny teased in Halo 3: ODST1/50Destiny was originally teased in 2009 in Halo 3: ODST via a poster plastered on a wall. The Easter egg was later removed in the remastered version of the game. <><> Out of all the new IPs that have come out this generation, the biggest has to be Destiny. The game’s title is fitting as it was almost predestined to be a hit right out of the gate. With Bungie as its developer and Activision as publisher, Destiny became this generation’s go-to game. Even after nearly two years, this monster franchise continues to draw in hordes of gamers who are addicted to this MMO/FPS hybrid.With so much coverage of the game since launch, it feels as if Destiny has no more secrets left to uncover. However, there are still a few things that folks may not know about the game. From hidden messages buried in the game’s UI and clever pop culture references, to a strange working title, and even a few nods to the Dark Souls series, Destiny’s secrets run deep.Below, we’ve compiled a list of 50 Destiny facts you may or may not know about. Some are weirder than others, but they are all equally as interesting.last_img read more

first_img Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on Switch Stay on target After nearly a month of being on the market, the Nintendo Switch is still hard to obtain. Even when retailers get new stock (as happened yesterday with Best Buy), the console sells out quickly. What do you do in this situation? If you’re like one clever and imaginative kid, you make one yourself — out of cardboard.A Twitter user by the name of Ama-chan posted a video of her younger brother putting together a Switch made entirely out of cardboard. According to Ama-chan (as translated by Kotaku), her brother did this because their mother wouldn’t buy him a Nintendo Switch. She also says that her brother dreams of one-day making video games. Given what we see in the video, he is certainly getting a great head start on that.お母さんに買ってもらえなくて自分でニンテンドースイッチつくった弟(小5)(将来の夢はゲームクリエイター)#NintendoSwtich— あまちゃん(在宅) (@fraise_ama) March 28, 2017AdChoices广告Cardboard not withstanding, this is a decent replica of the Switch. Just like with the real system, Joy-con controllers can be slid in and out of the sides of the system. Not only did the boy make the system and controllers, but also the Joy-con grips, the Switch docking station, and even cute little memory cards. He didn’t go so far as to make the Joy-con straps, but given how much trouble they have caused people, we can forgive him that.You have to give it up for this boy and his boundless ingenuity. Hopefully, his mother will see the error of her ways and get the little tike a Nintendo Switch. If she can find one, that is. Even in Japan, where the Switch is selling faster than the PS4, it is still not easy for people to buy the console/handheld hybrid. Nintendo’s goal is to release 16 million Switch units by the end of 2017. If that happens, everyone who wants a Switch can have one. Perhaps even the boy who made a Switch out of cardboard.last_img read more