first_imgBhopal: The BJP’s Bhopal Lok Sabha candidate Pragya Singh Thakur has replied to an Election Commission notice denying charges that she campaigned despite a 72-hour ban that ended Sunday morning.Thakur was earlier issued notices for claiming that former Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare died in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack because of her “curse” and also for stating that she had participated in the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya. The latest notice was served to her on Friday night after the Congress complained that pamphlets in her favour were distributed while she visited temples during the time she was banned from electioneering. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghDistrict returning officer Sudam Khade Sunday told PTI that he had received Thakur’s reply which has been forwarded to MP chief electoral officer VL Kantha Rao for a decision. In her reply on Saturday evening, Thakur has denied the charges of the Congress that she campaigned during the 3- day ban period, Khade said. She later told reporters that visiting temples is an intrinsic part of her life. “Those who are trying to stop me from going to temples should think about their lives, Thakur told reporters.last_img read more

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With 2007 declared the “Year of the Dolphin,” the United Nations EnvironmentProgramme (UNEP) has teamed up with TUI, Europe’s leading travel group, to launch a major public awareness campaign on various threats to the marine mammal’s survival such as entanglement in fishing nets and the degradation of their habitats. “The United Nations often lacks sufficient resources to undertake global public awareness projects; thus the need to join forces with others,” said RobertHepworth, Executive Secretary of the Bonn Convention on Migratory Species, an intergovernmental treaty concluded under UNEP’s aegis that seeks to conserve wildlife and habitats on a global scale. “We are very pleased to welcome TUI as our corporate partner of this campaign and rely on their established communication network to spread our message,” he added. Activities promoted though this partnership include the publication of information on dolphins in brochures and travel catalogues, in-flight magazines, a dedicated website (www.YoD2007.org) and the development of a ‘dolphin diploma’ for children. Multilingual dolphin manuals will also be developed and distributed to young travellers and their families in TUI destinations and passed onto local schools. “We believe that our tourists and managers could contribute to an important cause while enjoying their holidays or doing their work,” TUI Director of Corporate Environmental Management W. Michael Iwand said, adding that the alliance with the Convention “is a smart way to conjugate business needs with outreach and communications on important environmental and social issues.” TUI will also assist with the organization of an important meeting in the Canary Islands in late 2007 to develop an international agreement for the conservation of small cetaceans in West Africa, by providing logistics and assistance to developing country participants. read more

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Toronto stock market looks to put tumultuous year in rear-view mirror by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 31, 2015 6:39 am MDT Last Updated Dec 31, 2015 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn TORONTO – The Toronto stock market ended with a thud on Thursday as it closed out what has been one of its more tumultuous years in recent memory.As it dragged to the finish line, the S&P/TSX composite index ended the session 132.34 points lower at 13,009.95 — the third consecutive day that Canada’s main index has weakened since trading resumed after the Christmas holidays.For the year, the TSX has lost just over 11 per cent of its value, primarily as a result of a decline in key commodities prices.Much of the blame can be placed on the drop in oil prices, which have fallen 30 per cent since the end of 2014.The February contract squeezed a small gain of 44 cents in the final session of the year, closing at US$37.04 a barrel, while February natural gas rose 12 cents to US$2.34 per mmBtu.“From an investment standpoint, it was a year of avoiding Canada,” said Cavan Yie, an analyst at Manulife Asset Management.“It will probably mirror what the coming year might bring,” he added.The loonie showed some measure of life, closing up 0.23 of a U.S. cent at 72.25 cents US. Still, that’s well below where the dollar finished 2014, when it was worth 86.2 cents US.Markets also turned lower south of the border on the final trading day of 2015 year, although U.S indexes ended mixed year over year.The Dow Jones average closed down 178.84 points at 17,425.03 on Thursday, down some 2.2 per cent on the year.The S&P 500 finished 19.42 points lower at 2,043.94 on the day, enough to put it about three-quarters of a per cent in the red for the year. It was the worst return for the index since 2011.The Nasdaq lost 58.44 points to 5,007.41, but stood out as the only major Wall Street market to strengthen in 2015 — rising 5.7 per cent.Elsewhere in commodities, the February gold contract was up 40 cents at US$1,060.20 an ounce, but still ended the year weaker.Gold has now fallen for three consecutive years, ending 2015 down 10.5 per cent.March copper dropped by a penny to US$2.14 a pound.North American stock markets will be closed on Friday for New Year’s Day before resuming on Monday morning as traders look to begin the year on better footing.“I wouldn’t be surprised if we do see the markets rebalance quicker than expected,” Yie said, noting that traders tend to look to future events to fuel their decisions.“I wouldn’t say I’m optimistic, but more constructive versus the (previous) 12 months.”Follow @dj_friend on Twitter. read more

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by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 4, 2017 1:43 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 4, 2017 at 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Company charged in English Bay fuel spill must challenge summons in B.C. court VANCOUVER – A Federal Court judge has rejected an application for judicial review filed by a Greece-based company facing charges in a 2015 fuel spill in Vancouver’s English Bay, saying it must make its case in British Columbia Supreme Court.The MV Marathassa and Alassia NewShips Management Inc. each face 10 charges, including discharge of a pollutant and failure to implement an oil pollution emergency plan and are scheduled to appear in B.C. Provincial Court on Wednesday.Alassia had asked the Federal Court to set aside summonses and declare that attempts to serve the documents by the Public Prosecution Service of Canada and the Attorney General were invalid.Alassia Lawyer Peter Swanson said Tuesday a summons for the Marathassa has been accepted, but orders to appear addressed to his client were wrongfully served to a Canadian insurance adjuster and a ship captain who didn’t work for the company.Lisa Laird, lawyer for Canada’s Attorney General, argued the question of whether the service was valid should be decided by a B.C. court and Federal Court Justice Glennys McVeigh agreed.Swanson also clarified that Alassia does not own the Marathassa — the company is described on its website as a ship management company that offers services to owners of vessels. read more

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The process includes participations from 60 UN agencies, funds and programmes, and involves almost 100 national consultations in Member States, thematic discussions, surveys and online survey ‘My World’ where people are asked, “What kind of World do you Want?” Thousands of people have logged into the related website, WorldWeWant2015.org, which currently has more than 5,700 suggested priorities ranging from ‘financial inclusion’ to ‘an honest and responsive government’ and youth empowerment. “We are reinventing the way decisions will be made at the global level,” said Olav Kjørven, Director of the Bureau for Development Policy at the UN Development Programme (UNDP). He is also a co-chair of a UN Task Team working on a future development agenda, referred to as “the post-2015 agenda.”“People want to have a say in determining what kind of world they are going to live in and we are providing that opportunity by using digital media as well as door-to-door interviewers,” Mr. Kjørven added in a statement. More than 200,000 people from 189 countries – including groups such as women, indigenous communities, youth and people with disabilities – participated through a mix of digital media, mobile phone applications, conferences and paper surveys.Among the trends identified in the initial report ‘The Global Conversation Begins’, people prioritized accelerating progress to meet the goals to be achieved by 2015 and to adapt the MDGs to contemporary challenges, such as the impact of globalization.Participants also expressed an interest in being involved in both setting the future development agenda, and in monitoring its implementation. “There is huge energy and appetite to engage in these global consultations,” said John Hendra, co-chair of the UN Development Group MDG Taskforce and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, which co-led the discussions on how to address inequalities with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). “Of course this report is only preliminary, but it’s already clear that inequality is a universal concern, and in that context, people are calling for gender equality and women’s rights to be at the centre of the post-2015 agenda,” added Mr. Hendra.The initial report has been presented to more than 100 representatives of Member States. Later this month, the report will also be presented to the High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda – chaired by United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron and Presidents Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia and Susilo Yudhoyono of Indonesia – at the panel’s meeting in Bali.The final document will be shared with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and heads of State and government attending the 2013 UN General Assembly, and the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals. read more

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“Climate change is the defining issue of our time. If we do not take urgent action, all our plans for increased global prosperity and security will be undone,” said the UN chief in opening remarks to the “Abu Dhabi Ascent”, which he is co-hosting with the United Arab Emirates Government to prepare for and build commitment ahead of his Climate Summit, set for 23 September in New York. More than 1,000 participants, including 100 Government ministers, have gathered in Abu Dhabi for the two-day event to chart new routes for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and strengthening climate resilience. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State and Special Envoy for Energy and Climate Change, United Arab Emirates is expected to deliver remarks to the opening session, as is John Ashe, President of the UN General Assembly. The “Ascent” is the first international meeting to draw on the conclusions of the recently issued reports from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which found the consequences of climate change are already being felt, and that while present action is insufficient, there are still pathways towards a low carbon future that could minimize the phenomenon’s impacts. Action now, said the report, is necessary in order to avoid much higher costs in the future. Thanking the UAE Government for being pioneers on the journey to a low-carbon future, Mr. Ban said: “It is the future we need and we have to lay the foundations today. We have little time to lose.” “That is why it is important that Governments complete a meaningful new climate agreement by 2015 that will rapidly reduce emissions and support resilience,” He continued, explaining that the upcoming New York summit is designed to shape a collective ambitious vision rooted in concrete action. “I am inviting Heads of State and Government, along with mayors and senior representatives from business, finance and civil society, to join a ‘race to the top,’” said the Secretary-General, adding that he was also asking the participants to announce bold commitments and actions that will catalyze transformative change. The UN chief said that his summit will focus on solutions. It will provide a high visibility platform for those who are ready to lead so they can invite others to follow. “Our meeting here in Abu Dhabi is a major milestone on the ascent to the Summit. It gives you a chance to experience the wealth of opportunity that exists so you can leave here ready to join others in acting.” Mr. Ban went on to set out the nine key areas he has identified with the greatest potential for fast, meaningful results. They include energy, cities and transport, finance, resilience, agriculture and short-lived climate pollutants. He said that many of the solutions we need already exist. Many others are being rapidly developed. “But we need to deploy them at a scale that matches the challenge. And we need to do it now, because we may not get a second chance,” he warned, adding that “we are rapidly approaching dangerous thresholds. The longer we delay, the more we will pay.” He said that Governments have promised new climate agreement next year in Paris. But the Abu Dhabi Ascent could help by proving that climate action now means opening a world of opportunity. The benefits of addressing climate change include reduced pollution, improved public health, fewer disasters, less poverty, cleaner, more efficient and affordable energy, better managed forests, liveable cities and increased food security, said the Secretary-General. “This meeting is about that future. Over the next two days, you will share what you are doing and planning. You will forge new and broader partnerships. And you will return home with an important message for your political leaders, business and finance networks, consumers and voters,” said Mr. Ban. “That message is clear and simple – climate action is feasible, affordable and beneficial. Change is in the air. Solutions exist. The race is on. It’s time to lead,” he declared. In his remarks, Assembly President Ashe warned: “We have done too little for too long – we have ignored the growing scientific evidence and mounting risks at our own peril – we need to live with the knowledge that we may very well have completely altered the course of history for future generations by our years of collective inaction on climate change.” “Humanity is both witness and victim of the adverse effects of climate change, but also the prime suspect in generating this global threat,” he said, adding that anthropogenic climate change is unequivocal and only decisive human intervention can and must make a difference by keeping temperature rise well below two degrees. “It is my firm belief that sustainable development will not be possible without sound, effective climate policy and action.” he continued, urging concrete steps to ensure the inextricable linkages between the development and the climate change agendas are addressed heading towards their respective 2015 deadlines. “The year 2015 presents us with an historic opportunity for a paradigm shift. Now is the time to show an increasingly disbelieving world that we finally mean business when we say that we will ensure a sustainable future for our planet and its children,” added Mr. Ashe. Later at a press conference, the UN chief hailed the “Ascent” as an opportunity to demonstrate that people are ready to work together for a low carbon future. “I am asking all participants – including you, the media – to leave here inspired to urge leaders to act,” he told reporters. He again called for “bold vision” and announcements of action that can make a difference, saying that is how political will would be mobilized for a meaningful global climate agreement in 2015. “Our motto must be adopt and adapt. Adopt what works and adapt it for your nation, your business, your community,” the Secretary-General said, warning that “time is against us. Nature will not wait. The planet is sending us a message. We must listen.” read more

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Christopher Snowdon, the director of lifestyle economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs, told The Telegraph: “I would say that Scots will be hopping across the border to buy alcohol that is, in some cases, less than half price. Some retailers, however, have welcomed the new legislation.Norman Loughery, Off-trade Sales Director at C&C, which owns Scottish lager brand Tennent’s, said: “Today is a landmark day for Scotland.“We’ve been supporters of Minimum Unit Pricing since it was first proposed in 2011 and have worked closely with the Scottish Government and our customers around its successful implementation. “We’ve been brewing in Scotland since 1556 and producing cider in Ireland since 1935, and have always held responsible consumption of alcohol as a key priority of our business.”We strongly believe that the industry must play its part in tackling alcohol abuse and will therefore continue to work with relevant bodies in the territories in which we operate, including Ireland and Northern Ireland, to seek the introduction of MUP legislation.” “As with booze cruises to France, some will be doing it legally for their own consumption and others will be doing it to sell illegally in Scotland.”A large and legal online business is likely to emerge to satisfy demand and there is nothing the SNP can do about it.”This is their folly and they will have to live with the consequences. For those who live a long way from the English border, we may see a growth in home brewing and home distilling. A rise in drug use is also on the cards as people use substances such as Spice as a substitute for cheap alcohol.”Scottish people determined to get their hands on cheap alcohol can also purchase it online. Businesses with Scottish premises – this includes Amazon – have to enforce minimum pricing, but those without do not.A business impact report commissioned by the Scottish government explains: “Where alcohol is purchased through the internet or mail order and despatched from outside Scotland, these sales are not subject to the 2005 Act and so minimum pricing will not apply.  “However, we are heavily expanding our lower-end line, and hoping that those who live in the borders will come and buy from us, and we are running promotions for those who live in Scotland and are coming to visit our store.”The Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) said the price increases will cause consumers to hop across the border.Mike Beale, Chief Executive of the WSTA, told The Telegraph: “The Scottish Government’s policy will increase the price of around half of the alcohol on supermarket shelves and will impact most drinkers, particularly those on lowest incomes. “The WSTA’s long held view is that MUP is likely to be ineffective in changing the behavior of problem drinkers. There are also serious questions about the potential impact on cross border trade and illicit alcohol.“It is vital therefore that the impact of on businesses and on consumers of the MUP experiment in Scotland is rigorously and objectively monitored and evaluated over time.” He said he hopes the minimum pricing rule will boost his business, explaining: “I hope so – a lot of the products we have are top end so the alcohol minimum prices won’t affect those.  Show more “Like the potential for cross-border shopping, the incentive to buy from outwith Scotland via the internet will be greater the bigger the price differential between the price of alcohol in Scotland and elsewhere, combined with the volume of goods being purchased.” Whisky shops in Berwick and Carlisle are preparing for Scottish drinkers on booze cruises after the introduction of minimum pricing.Industry experts have warned the new rules will mean drinkers may cross the border in search of cheaper alcohol. At midnight tonight, new pricing rules to discourage problem drinking will increase the prices of alcohol in Scotland.Shops in England are already preparing for the surge in Scottish customers by increasing stock of whisky, other spirits and beer.The law will affect lower-end whisky, as it is the less expensive brands which will be hit by the minimum alcohol pricing, with price per unit set at 50p. This means that 70cl bottle of whisky (28 units of alcohol) could not be sold for less than £14.The House of Malt in Carlisle is hoping to cash in on the minimum alcohol pricing ruling. The shop specialises in high-end whiskys but is expanding its lower-end range for Scots hoping to buy cheap booze.Store manager Mike Little told The Telegraph they have bought in more for their blended range, and are putting on deals for those hopping across the border from tomorrow. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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first_imgEVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.1 #LEICESTER: Police have confirmed that a body found in Leicester Square, London has been identified as that of missing Irish student Patrick Halpin. The death of the 18-year-old from Galway is not being treated as suspicious.2.#ATM: The Gardaí are searching for three men after shots were fired during an attempted ATM raid in Enniscorthy, Wexford.3.#HOSPITALISED: Fifteen young people were taken to hospital after a gig in Belfast last night and 20 fell ill. It’s believed drugs and drink  were the main causes. Police say no one was seriously injured. DJ Hardwell who was playing at the gig last night plans to go ahead with his Dublin gig tonight. 4. #ASYLUM: An ESRI report shows that over half of asylum seekers in the ‘reception system’ in Ireland have been there  for over three years.5. #WEATHER: Forecasters warn that bad weather will continue “as far ahead as we can see”. Sorry.6 #ANGLO: All eyes on the Criminal Courts of Justice today as Sean Quinn is likely to make an appearance as a witness at the Anglo trial.7 #ARREST: A 23-year-old man has been charged after a baby was left in a critical condition after an attack in Belfast.8. #INSPECTION: A new HSA inspection carried out last month’s tragic lift incident in Galway, where 3-year-old Solomon Soremekum died has been published. The agency wants employers and building owners to ensure their lifts are thoroughly inspected.9 #CROKER: Residents living near Croke Park are less than happy about Garth Brooks’ record-breaking Dublin appearances. They may seek an injunction against the summer concerts. That would be quite the disappointment for at least 400,000 people across the island.last_img read more

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first_img‘I remember thinking, I’m gonna die. And nobody helped.’ Two perspectives on an abusive relationship: from a survivor, and from a partner. Nov 29th 2016, 8:00 PM Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3108531 This is the second article in our Bearing Witness series exploring how abusive relationships can appear – from the outside, and from the inside. Some readers may find this article upsetting.“THE FIRST time I cooked her a meal, I had the table all laid out and Eileen smashed a glass. She got a bad fright and was very apologetic about it,” says John.“I said, ‘what are you apologising for? It’s only a glass.’ So I just smashed a glass myself,” he laughs.She told me then that her ex-partner would have punished her for doing that. I thought ‘What?! What kind of person does that?’ That was the first kind of inkling I had that there was something in her past.John asked Eileen about her ex-partner, father of her four children, and she told him he was out of her life. She confided that he “was a horrible person and he was violent towards her,” John says. But it “only came out gradually after that, that she was traumatised.”Eileen was physically and emotionally abused by her ex-partner for 20 years.‘It’s never that simple’It affected the start of their relationship, in that Eileen was reluctant to get involved with anyone out of fear and a lack of trust. John says she stood him up on one of their first dates.“We were supposed to meet in this pub and she didn’t turn up,” he recalls, laughing.I phoned her and she said that her son wasn’t well. I knew she was hesitant about meeting up and I didn’t want to push her or anything, so I just told her we could meet another time if she liked.John says initially he found it difficult to understand why Eileen had not walked away from with her violent ex-partner, but he eventually realised that it’s never that simple.“The only time I would speak about it when we first got together was to say, ‘why did you stay with him?’” he says, “I couldn’t get my head around why she could stay with somebody like that and have kids and everything.But I learned eventually that it was something else, it’s not something that I could come to terms with really. It’s something you probably have to go through, but it took me a while to realise that.On one occasion Eileen and John returned to his home after a night out together to discover that her abuser had been at the house and caused a scene. Eileen was upset, but John reassured her:“I said to Eileen, you know people who are bullies like that have some kind of inadequacy. He’s obviously jealous of you or something… I just kept saying to her he’s not with you anymore so you don’t have to worry about him.”‘He would sing to me’“I think I’m third generation domestic violence,” says Eileen.One of 14 children, she grew up in a household where her father dominated, withholding money from her mother, with aggression and violence the norm.I was born into it,” she says. “I was desensitised to it and it made me a target for [domestic abuse]. Made me vulnerable.Eileen met her ex-partner Simon when she was just 15 years old. She says he wooed her publicly and put on a show in front of people.“He would sing to me”, she recalls, “I was a real, blend-into-the crowd kind of person, but then he’d sing to me in front of everyone putting me at the centre of everything.”All the girls would be like, ‘oh Eileen!’ and all this. The stuff I’ve read up on since, sure that was all those red flags and more.By the age of 17 Eileen was expecting their first child, but eight months into her pregnancy she found out that Simon had cheated on her with her friend and she broke up with him.But it didn’t last.Eileen’s sister helped set her up with a house when her son was born and soon after Simon came knocking at her door. She took him back, “like an idiot,” she says.Eileen hadn’t finished school, but after the birth of her son she went back to get her Leaving Cert and did training courses. “I was really determined,” she says, but Simon did his best to scupper her efforts. She says:He’d get up at 5 o’clock in the day. I remember going into the bedroom and screaming at him to get up… and he’d just lie in bed or he’d swing the covers back and he’d just smack me. That was the beginnings of it.For twenty years, Simon subjected Eileen to a sustained campaign of violence and emotional abuse. She was granted barring and safety orders against him, but he ignored them, entering the house as he pleased.On one such occasion Eileen fled her own home as he slashed her new living room furniture with a knife and put a sweeping brush through her new television.Simon used Eileen’s children against her, criticising her and even encouraging their daughter to be violent towards her. She assaulted Eileen six years ago and they have not spoken since. Eileen is distraught about that:I realised then that he was gone, but he had done enough damage that the kids saw that I was a target for them. I thought I was hiding it from the kids, but actually he was breeding it in them.Not long after Eileen made a final break from Simon ten years ago, he beat her so badly that she was hospitalised.It happened on the street in front of other people, after he had followed her from a night at the cinema with a male companion.“I just remember thinking, ‘I’m gonna die’. And nobody helped. There were people who saw,” she says.Eileen says nobody should put themselves in danger by intervening in a violent assault like hers, but they can do something that nobody did for her:In that situation, if somebody has a phone on them, just call the police.If you think you may have witnessed or experienced domestic violence or abusive behaviour, you can access advice and support services for both women and men at whatwouldyoudo.ie.TheJournal.ie contacted Eileen and John through Women’s Aid. The Women’s Aid 24-hour National Freephone Helpline is 1800 341 900.It is important that bystanders and witnesses to domestic violence do not intervene in any potentially violent situation unless it is safe and legal for them to do so. Witnesses should be aware of the potential harmful effect that intervention may subsequently have on the victim. The victim is best placed to assess the danger to themselves.Names and some specific details have been changed in the interests of protecting identity and to preserve the confidential nature of this story.Amen provides a confidential helpline for male victims of domestic abuse. It is open Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm and can be reached on 046 9023718. 4 Comments Tuesday 29 Nov 2016, 8:00 PM Image: Rori.D 32,987 Views Image: Rori.D Share269 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Jennifer Ryanlast_img read more

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram It is likely to take up to two weeks for the Supreme Court to forward to Parliament a preliminary investigation into the handling of the so-called Lagarde List so that MPs can decide whether former finance ministers Giorgos Papaconstantinou and Evangelos Venizelos should face some form of inquiry over the failure to investigate the information relating to deposits in Swiss bank accounts. Kathimerini understands that the information gathered by financial prosecutor Grigoris Peponis has been forwarded to the Supreme Court and, as is customary, is being examined by deputy prosecutor Nikos Pantelis, who will then pass on the findings to Parliament. In his preliminary report, sources said, Peponis details how the information regarding some 2,000 Greeks with bank accounts at the Geneva branch of HSBC was passed by French authorities to the Greek government in 2010 so an investigation into any possible cases of tax evasion could take place. Papaconstantinou and Venizelos have both stated that they passed the data on to the Financial Crimes Squad (SDOE) but were told that the information could not be used to prosecute suspected tax evaders because it was obtained through illegal means. Sources also said that Peponis has sent to Parliament the memory stick containing the list of depositors in the absence of the original list. The USB stick was provided by Venizelos when authorities were unable to locate the information last month. Greece has asked for the original version from Paris as there is uncertainty about whether the data has been altered. Sources said the list published by Hot Doc magazine last week was slightly different to the one in the hands of prosecutors. Peponis is also set to decide in the next few days whether former SDOE chiefs Yiannis Kapeleris and Yiannis Diotis should face any charges. The prosecutor has already questioned the two men, as well as Papaconstantinou and Venizelos, as part of the investigation. Other SDOE officials and the former head of the National Intelligence Service, Constantinos Bikas, also testified during the preliminary investigation. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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first_imgKoina is a famous village in The Gambia which is now developing into a town. It is very common for Gambians to describe the length and breadth of the country by describing the distance between Kartong and Koina.However recent events in Koina appear to be revealing deep seated divisions on the basis of social status which needs to be revisited in order for harmony and peace to be consolidated. We have emphasised that clarity and sincerity are indispensable tools of representation and governance.Literate people from the area should take note of the realities of the new contract among Gambian citizens to produce a modern republican constitution that would restrain tyranny and finally uproot it while enlarging the freedom of all Gambian citizens and those who are resident in the country.Hence scholars of all types should galvanise and go around to discuss with the people in the area so that they would know that the new citizen of The Gambia should be born who could put the past behind us, draw lessons from it so that we could shape a more united future. This is the spirit for nurturing the New Gambian who would be capable of building the New Gambia.last_img read more

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first_imgFormer Juventus manager Marcello Lippi believes that Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival could not have been better timedThe five-time Ballon d’Or winner stunned the football world by leaving Real Madrid for a €112m switch to Juventus in the summer.Ronaldo recently revealed that the Real president, Florentino Pérez, no longer valued him and so he decided to leave.While his old employers struggle in his absence, Ronaldo has made an impressive start to life in Italy.The Portugal captain has managed seven goals and five assists in 10 Serie A games.And Lippi thinks that Ronaldo’s timely arrival has given Juventus a brilliant boost as they chase an eighth straight league crown and a first Champions League title since 1996.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.The veteran Italian coach also suggests that a Ronaldo from three years ago wouldn’t have been as effective as he is now.“Juventus signed him at the right time,” Lippi told Courier Dello Sport, via Express.“His impact is unbelievable.“If the Bianconeri had signed him three years ago, he would’ve had a much less impact than now.”Ronaldo also recently spoke of his hopes of winning a record sixth Ballon d’Or this year.Juventus will host Cagliari on Saturday at Turin with kick-off to start at 20:30 (CEST).last_img read more

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first_imgBahamas, May 30th 2017: On the heels of the national budget on Wednesday, Deputy Political Leader of the DNA, Chris Mortimer says the Speech from the Throne left many wanting to find out more on government’s details for turning around the economy. In a statement issued on the speech, Mortimer cited the years of negative and zero real GDP growth endured by the Bahamian people, saying the people needed to know government’s plans on how its intends to curb expenditure, and diversify the economy. He adds while he welcomes government’s plan to adopt aspects of “Good Governance platform”, Mortimer says his party awaits to see government’s implementation of the Whistle Blower’s legislation, its plan on Campaign Finance reform, and other promised changes involving the electoral process.The DNA is also questioning details on establishing Grand Bahama’s financial centre and how it intends to see it function alongside the New Providence Financial Centre.Meanwhile, the party praised government’s proposed one-stop shop in improving the ease of doing business. Mortimer vowed the DNA’s continued contribution to national discourse in the days after the budget, as part of its interest in the nation. The party has extended an olive branch in working with the government in providing viable solutions to issues in the nation. #MagneticMediaNews#DNAPartyToHoldGovernmentAccountable#ChrisMortimerQuestionsDetailsOnTheEconomy Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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first_img Tags See it Preview • Pixel and Pixel XL unveiled: Google’s post-Nexus phones come out swinging (hands-on) Now playing: Watch this: 1:22 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. News • Google Pixel 3A: Where is AT&T? Gadgets TVs 9 The Cheapskate Mentioned Above Google Pixel (32GB, Quite Black) Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR.center_img TrackR finds lost stuff inside your own home How To • How to transfer your data from an iPhone to Android phone CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Share your voice Comments Google Pixel $219 One measly buck is all you’ll pay for Trackr’s little Pixel tracker gizmo. Trackr Always misplacing your keys? Your phone? TV remote? Wallet? Purse? Technology can help. And today, it can help for cheap. Like, insanely cheap.Today only, Meh has the Trackr Pixel Bluetooth tracking device for just $1 — by far the lowest price I’ve seen. (These things originally sold for $25 apiece.) Shipping adds $5, but that’s for your total order — and you can buy up to four, meaning you can get out the door with a quartet for $9. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. See it at MehYou’re probably familiar with Tile trackers, which I’ve written about often. The Pixel works very similarly, tethering to your phone via Bluetooth and then clipping or sticking to something like a keychain or remote. Can’t find your keys? Use the Trackr app to make the Pixel ring (and flash its LEDs). Can’t find your phone? Press the Pixel’s tiny button to make your phone ring (even if it’s set to mute).How does the Pixel compare with the Tile (apart from the very obvious price advantage)? The former’s LEDs can definitely help if you’re searching in the dark, and they have a replaceable button-cell battery, something Tile added only recently. There’s also an Alexa skill (“Alexa, find my phone”) that’s pretty great, though you don’t actually need a Pixel; you can get it free and start using it right now.However, the Pixel doesn’t beep anywhere near as loudly as the latest Tiles, and many reviewers have suggested that Bluetooth range isn’t great. I did a quick, informal test: I stuck my phone under a couch cushion, went to the opposite end of the house and pushed the Pixel’s button. Immediately I heard the phone. Your mileage may vary, of course. Read CNET’s Trackr Pixel preview to learn more.And, folks: $1. Even if this helps you find misplaced items only some of the time, isn’t that worth it? I’m thinking grab four of these now, keep one or two for yourself, then put the others away for your Secret Santa, stocking and/or 4th-night-of-Chanukah needs. Because great gift item!(By the way, the Meh folks told me that if you happen to receive a unit with a dud battery, which has been known to happen on occasion, they’ll replace it for you.)Bonus deal: Get LG’s massive 86-inch TV for $2,197, plus a $200 gift card The best bet for any home theater is a projector, right? Otherwise how can you get that huge screen you’ve always wanted? Well, here’s a deal that may make you think twice: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Dell has the LG 86UM8070PUA 86-inch Smart TV with AI ThinQ for $2,197 — a price that includes a $200 Dell eGift card. This model has typically sold for around $2,500, though it was originally $3,000. And while several other stores have it for about the same price, Dell’s gift card (which you could use for something like a sound bar) puts their deal ahead.See it at DellHowever, speaking of other stores, I’ll note that GameLiquidations (via Rakuten) has the same model for $1,849 with coupon code GL250R. Just one catch: Unlike Dell, GameLiquidations is not an authorized LG seller, meaning you may have trouble getting warranty service should you need it. That would definitely be a buy-at-your-own-risk option.CNET hasn’t reviewed this particular LG, but the user reviews at Best Buy and elsewhere are generally very positive. And you’d spend about the same for a really good, high-quality 4K projector — then have to deal with mounting, audio challenges and the like. Few projectors have built-in apps, either. And even the brightest models need a dark-ish room for the best results.I’m just saying: 86 inches! For a price that’s not $10,000. Or even $5,000. Progress!  Review • Our Google Pixel review: Pure Android at its absolute best Best Buy Dell LGlast_img read more

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first_imgKamareddy: After receiving complaints from the people against a ration dealer, the Enforcement officials of Civil Supplies Department had seized a ration shop in Lingampally village in Jukkal constituency, Pedda Kodapgal mandal on Friday. During the surprise raid, the officials had found out that 163 litres of kerosene is missing and there is no record for that.Enforcement wing Deputy Tahsildar Ajay Kumar, VRO Shankar and other officials participated in the raid. Shivapur ration shop dealer has been made as the temporary in-charge of Lingampally shop.last_img read more

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first_img Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on SwitchPlay These Nintendo Switch Games Before ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield&… Stay on target If you have a Nintendo Switch, chances are you also have The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The new Zelda is a massive, phenomenal game that you can and should play for dozens of hours. But eventually, you’re going to want to play something new on your Nintendo console/handheld hybrid. Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda is a new column highlighting cool, smaller Switch games to check out once you’ve saved Hyrule.It’s no Tetris, but for an up and coming generation of tech-savvy kids, Minecraft might be the perfect video game to end all video games. I’m part of the generation that mostly remembers Minecraft as an unfinished PC curiosity from 2009. But much has changed since then.Minecraft has been taken from the clutches of famous orc Notch and now belongs to Microsoft. It’s seen numerous updates and is now available on every device under the sun, including the Nintendo Switch. Minecraft may never be for me, but this Switch Game That Isn’t Zelda has offered the most tempting reason to get back in.AdChoices广告Minecraft is no stranger to portable play. The Pocket Edition on iOS and Android constantly remains at the top of the charts for paid mobile games. However, that $7 dollar app is a limited version of the game, only offering some of the creation and survival features. This $30 version on Switch (currently digital only but eventually getting a retail release) is the full PC/console game on the handheld/console hybrid. You have access to all the game’s current tools and modes, from creating and joining worlds online to setting up convenient local multiplayer exploration wherever you take your Switch. It’s pretty great. You’ll need two full controllers for two players, though. The sideways Joy-Con aren’t supported.wow, I just started Minecraft on Switch and immediately saw this, hope it doesn’t get patched out #NintendoSwitch pic.twitter.com/VkLBY0TsgQ— Jordan Minor (@JordanWMinor) May 9, 2017The limitations that do exist are ones that affect every console version of Minecraft. If your PC is powerful enough, you can fly up and see a world stretching far into the distance. But on less powerful consoles, that rendering distance is reduced. On Switch the distance is 12 “chunks” while docked and 7 chunks while undocked, always at 720p.As a console experience, that’s above the Wii U/PS3/360 10-chunk limit but below the 18 chunks of PS4 and Xbox One. As a handheld, the Switch tops its only competitor: the PlayStation Vita and its 5-chunk limit. The pop-in can be severe, especially when switching from docked to undocked, but Minecraft’s whole aesthetic is blocky artifice. Seeing the world load and build itself around you almost adds to that. Almost.Beyond the classic textures, you can buy different skins and themes in the Minecraft store. However, along with built-in themes for a candy world and Greek and Chinese mythology, the Switch version includes a sprawling Super Mario-themed world. No, it’s not New Donk City, but players can still explore an impressive landscape that references a wide variety of fellow blocky Mario games. I dropped down pipes and used a Fire Flower to set a Mario statue ablaze. I flew past giant Boo sprites and jumped to the top of Yoshi. And you begin your pilgrimage at a recreation of Princess Peach’s castle from Super Mario 64.The Super Mario mash-up pack didn’t debut in this Switch edition. It was actually a part of Minecraft on the Wii U, a good fit for the platform that just came out after it was already dead. So in a sense, this is another Wii U game that’s been saved by the Switch, just like Zelda and Mario Kart. Good on Nintendo and Mojang for getting the game on the platform sooner rather than later.But yeah, this is Minecraft. You already know what that is. You craft things in blocky 3D space and survive and fight exploding zombies or whatever. If there wasn’t so much else to play this year, I would probably dive into it more, but I totally understand how kids with infinite free time just dedicate their lives to devouring this game. And on Switch, they never have to stop playing or accept any real compromises for playing on the go.Notch is still bad, Minecraft is still good, and the Nintendo Switch is still a machine with Games That Aren’t Zelda On It.Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.Buy it now!The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WindNintendo SwitchEssential Nintendo Switch Accessorieslast_img read more

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first_img Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — In what should be viewed as a contender for some sort of science prize for originality, researchers at Qatar University have come up with an idea whereby artificial clouds might be used to hover over stadiums for the 2022 world cup, which the nation will be hosting eleven years from now, to overcome nearly non-stop sunlight and extreme heat. Citation: Qatar figures out novel way to cool crowds for 2022 World Cup (2011, March 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-03-qatar-figures-cool-crowds-world.html Qatar, the tiny, oil rich, barely a bump on the Arabian peninsula, middle eastern country, was chosen over much larger possibilities, despite protests by several other countries, and now must figure out a way to host soccer matches in outdoor stadiums in the summer, in a place where temperatures average 115 degrees Fahrenheit for all of July.Saud Abdul Ghani, head of the mechanical and industrial engineering department at Qatar University, and his team have come up with plans for a helium filled dirigible of sorts, constructed of very lightweight carbon fiber and other super-light materials, that would be flat, as opposed to the more familiar spheroid blimps often seen hovering over sporting events at other venues. By making them flat, the artificial clouds could both take advantage of solar energy to power the four electrical motors, and create a much bigger sun block. The clouds/dirigibles would be large enough to cover both the field and stands, and would be steered and held in place via wireless remote control by someone on the ground.The artificial clouds would serve as an additional aid in cooling players and fans (and practice facilities) as engineers for the planned stadiums are expected to come up with a way to install some form of solar powered air-conditioning as well. Japan pitches mind-blowing high-tech 3D World Cup This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: via BBC When Qatar was selected to host the 2022 World Cup, many people expected the games would be moved to the winter, when temperatures would be more mild; FIFA’s president, Sepp Blatter, though has been adamant that the games would be played as scheduled, insisting that trying to host a World Cup during the middle of the regular soccer season for most teams would be untenable.Each cloud is expected to cost somewhere in the neighborhood of half a million dollars. © 2010 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

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first_imgStomach VacuumSit in your chair with your back straight. Hollow your stomach by pulling your belly button toward your spine as far as possible. Maintain this position for five to 10 seconds, breathing normally throughout the exercise. Repeat 10 to 15 times.Knee LiftsKnee lifts target the abdominal muscles as well as the hip flexors. Sit in your chair with your stomach muscles stabilized and back straight. Maintaining this position, lift your right knee 10cm. Concentrate on using your abdomen for the movement. Slowly lower your leg and repeat with your left knee. Continue to alternate legs moving in a slow controlled fashion until you have completed 10 to 20 lifts with each leg.Leg FlexionLeg flexion allows you to discretely work your hamstring muscles on the back of your thigh. Sit in your chair with your knees bent to 90 degrees and your feet flat on the floor. Press your right foot into the floor while contracting your hamstrings as if you were drawing your heel toward your butt, except your foot maintains its position on the floor. Hold the contraction for 30 seconds then repeat the exercise with your left leg.Arm PressThis exercise targets the triceps muscles on the back of the upper arm. Rest your forearms on your desk so that your arms are bent to 90 degrees. Sit tall and stabilize your abdomen. Maintain this position and press your forearms into the top of your desk as if you were straightening your elbows. Hold this position for 30 seconds then relax. Next, place your arms beneath your desk with your palms up. Press your arms into the desk to contract your biceps and hold for 30 seconds before relaxing.Source: Livestrong.com WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Adequate exercise is often difficult to achieve, particularly if you’re employed in a sedentary office job. While simple changes, such as taking the stairs or parking farther away from the office do help to some extent, you can improve your fitness at work by exercising at your desk.Ankle and calf stretchesHold one foot off the floor with your leg straight. Flex your ankle pointing your toes up. Extend your ankle pointing your toes down. Do ten times and repeat with other leg. Next, draw a circle with your toes, moving one foot clockwise and then counter-clockwise. Change feet.Seated Leg RaisesExtend your leg straight out in front of you. Squeeze thigh and lift leg up and down in a slow, controlled manner for 15-20 repetitions, then lift leg up and complete 15-20 quick pulses of very small movement and follow that with a 15-20 second hold at the top.Heel RaisesSit tall, lift your heels off of the floor as high as you can until you are on the balls of your feet. Do this movement slowly and complete one set of 20 to 30 repetitions with both legs.Glute ClenchesGlute clenches will help improve the tone and shape of your butt even while you sit at your desk. Simply squeeze your glutes as tight as you can. Hold the squeeze for two seconds, relax then repeat the squeeze. Complete these 20 short clenches – and then clench and hold for 30 seconds.last_img read more

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who is currently at his holiday resort in Florida for the weekend, 2018 .untruthful slime ball who was as time has proven a terrible Director of the FBI His handling of the Crooked Hillary Clinton case and the events surrounding it will go down as one of the worst “botch jobs” of history It was my great honor to fire James Comey — Donald J Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 13 2018 Trump reacted on Twitter early Friday the day after the emergence of details from Comey’s memoir which says Trump is "untethered to truth" and describes him as fixated in the early days of his presidency on having the FBI debunk salacious rumors he said were untrue but that could distress his wife Former FBI chief James Comey AP The book "A Higher Loyalty" is to be released next week The Associated Press purchased a copy this week In the book Comey compares Trump to a mafia don and calls his leadership of the country "ego driven and about personal loyalty" Comey also reveals new details about his interactions with Trump and his own decision-making in handling the Hillary Clinton email investigation before the 2016 election He casts Trump as a mobster-like figure who sought to blur the line between law enforcement and politics and tried to pressure him personally regarding his investigation into Russian election interference The book adheres closely to Comey’s public testimony and written statements about his contacts with Trump and his growing concern about Trump’s integrity It also includes strikingly personal jabs at Trump that appear sure to irritate the president The 6-foot-8 Comey describes Trump as shorter than he expected with a "too long" tie and "bright white half-moons" under his eyes that he suggests came from tanning goggles He also says he made a conscious effort to check the president’s hand size saying it was "smaller than mine but did not seem unusually so" "Donald Trump’s presidency threatens much of what is good in this nation" Comey writes calling the administration a "forest fire" that can’t be contained by ethical leaders within the government On a more-personal level Comey describes Trump repeatedly asking him to consider investigating an allegation involving Trump and Russian prostitutes urinating on a bed in a Moscow hotel in order to prove it was a lie Trump has strongly denied the allegation and Comey says that it appeared the president wanted it investigated to reassure his wife Melania Trump Trump fired Comey in May 2017 setting off a scramble at the Justice Department that led to the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel overseeing the Russia investigation Mueller’s probe has expanded to include whether Trump obstructed justice by firing Comey which the president denies Trump has assailed Comey as a "showboat" and a "liar" Top White House aides also criticized the fired FBI director on Friday White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders questioned Comey’s credibility in a tweet and White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Comey took "unnecessary immature pot shots" Comey’s account lands at a particularly sensitive moment for Trump and the White House Officials there describe the president as enraged over a recent FBI raid of his personal lawyer’s home and office raising the prospect that he could fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein who appointed Mueller or try to shut down the probe on his own The Republican National Committee is poised to lead the pushback effort against Comey by launching a website and supplying surrogates with talking points that question his credibility Trump has said he fired Comey because of his handling of the FBI’s investigation into Clinton’s email practices Trump used the investigation as a cudgel in the campaign and repeatedly said Clinton should be jailed for using a personal email system while serving as secretary of state Democrats on the other hand have accused Comey of politicizing the investigation and Clinton herself has said it hurt her election prospects Comey writes that he regrets his approach and some of the wording he used in his July 2016 press conference in which he announced the decision not to prosecute Clinton But he says he believes he did the right thing by going before the cameras and making his statement noting that the Justice Department had done so in other high profile cases Every person on the investigative team Comey writes found that there was no prosecutable case against Clinton and that the FBI didn’t find that she lied under its questioning He also reveals new details about how the government had unverified classified information that he believes could have been used to cast doubt on Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s independence in the Clinton probe While Comey does not outline the details of the information — and says he didn’t see indications of Lynch inappropriately influencing the investigation — he says it worried him that the material could be used to attack the integrity of the probe and the FBI’s independence Comey’s book will be heavily scrutinized by the president’s legal team looking for any inconsistencies between it and his public testimony under oath before Congress They will be looking to impeach Comey’s credibility as a key witness in Mueller’s obstruction investigation which the president has cast as a political motivated witch hunt The former FBI director provides new details of his firing He writes that then-Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly — now Trump’s chief of staff — offered to quit out of disgust at how Comey was dismissed Kelly has been increasingly marginalized in the White House and the president has mused to confidants about firing him Comey also writes extensively about his first meeting with Trump after the election a briefing in January 2017 at Trump Tower in New York City Others in the meeting included Vice President Mike Pence Trump’s first chief of staff Reince Priebus Michael Flynn who would become national security adviser and incoming press secretary Sean Spicer Comey was also joined by NSA Director Mike Rogers CIA Director John Brennan and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper After Clapper briefed the team on the intelligence community’s findings of Russian election interference Comey writes he was taken aback by what the Trump team didn’t ask "They were about to lead a country that had been attacked by a foreign adversary yet they had no questions about what the future Russian threat might be" Comey writes Instead he writes they launched into a strategy session about how to "spin what we’d just told them" for the public Comey says he had flashbacks to his time investigating the Italian Mafia as a federal prosecutor in Manhattan thinking that Trump "was trying to make us all part of the same family" "For my entire career intelligence was a thing of mine and political spin a thing of yours Team Trump wanted to change that" he writes Elaine DiMasi (left) talks with a luncheon crowd in the Long Island New York district she hoped to represent IAN FARBER/DIMASI FOR CONGRESS Physicist learns hard lessons about money and leadership in US politics By Jeffrey MervisJul 5 2018 12:15 PM Physicist Elaine DiMasi doesn’t actually believe she was lying to her campaign volunteers But letting them think that she expected to win the Democratic nomination for a seat in Congress—“We’re going to win I have the right message”—despite clear evidence she was falling far short of her targets for fundraising and identifying likely supporters never felt right either “As a scientist you wouldn’t say things that you don’t know to be true” says DiMasi who quit her job at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton New York to run in New York’s 1st congressional district “But for politics the reality is that’s what you do I was good enough at it to feel this dissonance but not good enough at it to get the money I needed And I’d known it all along” DiMasi is still processing her last-place finish in a five-person race to take on Representative Lee Zeldin the Republican incumbent in November In keeping with her scientific training she’s brutally honest about the mistakes she made during her year as a novice candidate “Sometimes I felt like a fake politician during this campaign” she says “I’ve spent the last few days [after the 26 June primary election] trying to do mostly nothing trying not to make any decisions about my next job and trying to get myself into a mindset where I think I do have some skills” Money money money Money is the bane of a candidate’s existence but also essential for getting out one’s message As a longtime project manager at Brookhaven located within the eastern Long Island district where she lives DiMasi understood how to show the US Department of Energy that its money was being well-spent But as a first-time candidate for Congress she struggled to learn the art of persuading would-be donors including scientists to invest in her campaign “When I started I thought it would be easy to put $100000 on the board” she says “But it wasn’t easy at all” The $100000 was to be seed money toward a $400000 war chest that would allow her to distinguish herself from her Democratic opponents and lay the groundwork for a fall campaign that would reach out to Republicans and Independents But DiMasi never hit her initial target—she started off with $22000 and reached $100000 by the end of the race—and she puts a lot of the blame on herself “I had been procrastinating in making my calls” she admits “As a scientist asking another scientist for $250 was a real challenge To start with you don’t have their phone numbers because scientists do everything by email And you can’t ask for money via email; it just wouldn’t work” She also wrestled with the problem of gauging how much a person is likely to give “There was one scientist for whom I made too big an ask” she recalls “He drives around in a Jag and he’s got two homes I asked him for $5000 and he turned me down And even though I thought about going back to him and asking for $100 I never did” The science vote Follow our rolling coverage of 2018’s science candidates Follow me Another hard reality for DiMasi was discovering that fundraising is more than simply a way to pay the bills and broadcast your message “How much money you can raise is really a measure of your political skills” she says “Bill Foster [an Illinois Democrat who is the only PhD physicist now in Congress] says that making the calls is actually training in getting people to go with your agenda And if you can’t succeed in getting people to drop their agenda and decid[ing] to help you then you’re not a politician yet” One metric of leadership is how many volunteers a candidate can attract to her cause Liuba Shirley a friend of DiMasi’s who won the Democrat primary in a neighboring congressional district began her campaign with 2000 volunteers DiMasi says enviously “I attracted maybe 20 super volunteers” she says Of course having lots of volunteers is just a means to an end which is winning the election DiMasi received only 1207 votes or 6% of the Democrats who went to the polls on 26 June [Real estate developer Perry Gershon won with 35%] She blames that poor showing on a flawed approach to tracking would-be voters including having insufficient resources to do it properly “Well you need to identify your supporters and then keep their support by touching them several times during the campaign until Election Day” she says “So the big problem is ‘How do you keep them once you’ve found them’” “I met lots of people who said ‘I wish I had met you sooner But these other people have all run TV commercials and sent mailers and you haven’t So how can I take you seriously’ It didn’t matter that the commercials were awful” she laughs “And that’s a sobering lesson” A mass movement DiMasi thinks scientists are an untapped resource for candidates To unlock their potential she says they need to understand how campaigns operate And that means using their contribution as a carrot “Here’s how it works” DiMasi says “If you have $100 then you have to give the candidate $100 when they call And then you need to say ‘I’ll give you another $500 once you’ve raised $20000 And I’ll give you another $1000 once you’ve raised another $50000’” Most scientists are clueless about how to influence the political process she says A political action committee (PAC) can help like-minded voters channel their support of a preferred candidate she notes But she doesn’t think the PAC run by 314 Action a Pennsylvania-based nonprofit created 2 years ago to help scientists and engineers run for office serves that purpose “314 Action says it’s doing this but it’s not” she asserts “Because when you send them money you don’t really know where your money is going” At the same time she says a science PAC may be too dull a weapon to wield effectively on the political battlefield “No scientist wants to elect another scientist solely on that basis” she says “We’re all individuals And besides not everyone is ready to give money to a candidate You have to talk them into it by winning them over And that’s the way it should be” What’s next DiMasi plans to use the next several weeks to figure out whether she’s still interested in being politically active and if so what role she could play “I need paid work so that affects what I can do” she says about her current employment situation “If I work for [Brookhaven] again I can’t take a paid consultancy to work on a campaign And if I don’t get paid and offer my advice gratis people won’t listen because it’s not in anyone’s nature to take seriously something that’s free” At times she wonders if she was ever cut out to be a candidate Small talk doesn’t come easily she admits nor does she find it rewarding “When I knock on doors I don’t want to stand around and cajole a person into giving me something that they don’t want to give” she says “I want a straight-up transaction like in my professional world ‘Oh this engineer wants to work on this project so I want to talk to them’” Even so she says she has no regrets about running for Congress And anyone who thinks she should have aimed lower misses the point “There’s nothing else that would have motivated me to make the big asks that I did” she says “This is what I wanted to do” Netflix and Google in the rapidly evolving world of video entertainment The Forum and Herald are both owned by Forum Communications Co But the former Intelligence Bureau (IB) chief will be following an oft-used roadmap on Kashmir: listening to divergent political opinion that ranges from seeking autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir to ending the discrimination against the people of Hindu-majority regions of JammuWashington area veterinarian/entrepreneur Mark Olcott wants to do the same thing with the 160 million dogs and cats in the nationsaidThe Fire Department was assisted by Altru Ambulance Bloomberg: Keep your politics in New YorkNEW DELHI—In an embarrassing 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Miami-Dade Countys emergency response offices are on lockdown No one is allowed to go outside On the TV reporters struggle to keep their hoods on They yell into their microphones and blink rain out of their eyes Sunday morning after sunrise the wind hits with blunt force Even in the shadow of a building its getting harder to walk in a straight line The gales come from every direction pushing the rain sideways upwards It feels like entering a drive-through car wash The gunmetal clouds rotate above in great slow painted arcs across the sky At the Aloft hotel in Doral guests pad down from their rooms to the lobby which is encased in hurricane-proof glass A tourist from Argentina stranded after a Caribbean cruise takes iPhone videos of the violence outside Employees lay out pastries for breakfast "I said goodbye to everything" a man sitting in the corner tells a reporter He is from Boca Raton He had a boat named Xander "Its hard” he says his eyes filling with tears “It hurts" Mid-afternoon is when the air starts to growl The sound is gravelly and thick like a swarm of Harleys revving their engines Inside the back entrance at Miami-Dade Fire and Rescue the security guard yells hello over the cacophony of rain and wind Outside everything past a certain distance is a swirling furious gray There is no horizon There is no difference between water and sky and earth At some point someone notices that the roof is leaking but no one tells the reporters who spent the night there their sleeping bags strewn on the floor "The roof was delaminating" a firefighter says later He peels apart his palms to demonstrate Sunday evening Irma curves back from its westward course and somehow avoids dropping the full force of her fury on Tampa Or Naples It feels too good to be true like we cheated Everyone holds their breath We dont know enough yet No one has heard from anyone in the Florida Keys where the storm first made landfall and it has yet to rake through the north "Its not the ones hollering you have to worry about" the fire chief warns "Its the ones you dont hear from who are in real trouble" People in Miami start to go outside The roads are trashed Stop signs lie on their backs and shattered streetlights dangle bobbing just feet above the ground Cars weave between palm fronds and live power lines writhing in the wind Downed trees are everywhere Some are huge Their roots muddy and thick and six feet wide hang over sidewalks and in front of strip malls They crush roofs and windshields People hang out of their windows to take pictures marveling at the forest of denuded billboards Stripped of their canvas advertisements they are strange hulking pieces of scaffolding A homeless man who apparently weathered the worst of it emerges from a glass bus stop Someone tries to get him to a shelter He takes a Brown Sugar Pop-Tart instead In downtown Miami on Brickell Ave the streets are under water four feet in some places Its a combination of storm surge and rain and the tide coming in the meteorologists tell us They say not to walk in it but its too late for that Two young women both barefoot splash up to their knees They pose for selfies combing their hair with their fingers adjusting bra straps One climbs onto a fire hydrant a yellow nub of an island in the flood and arches her back Her friend snaps a picture with her iPhone Walnut-sized chunks of shattered glass litter the sidewalk in front of an apartment building A woman who lives there says a balcony on the 43rd story burst that afternoon It sounded like this she says and then she roars Moments later there’s a deafening snap overheadthe loudest firecracker youve ever heardand a 10-foot hunk of metal rips off a skyscraper It falls hundreds of feet and slices into the street The women go back inside By Monday night the roll call comes in Miami is okay Naples is okay Cape Coral is okay Sarasota is okay Tampa is okay Florida it appears is mostly okay Thats not to say there is not devastation Seventeen million people are without power tens of thousands are still in shelters and the death toll is already rising A family is killed in their home after running a generator inside First responders die in a road accident A man is killed trying to clear debris off his roof People start to make tallies: at least 25 people across the southeast have died as a result of Irma the roads and buildings and bridges will cost $20 billion to fix In the Florida Keys CNN’s Anderson Cooper stands in front of a ruined house interviewing neighbors their eyes glazed over By Wednesday it gets worse Eight elderly people from a Broward County nursing home that lost power and therefore air-conditioning after the storm are reported dead The story captures people’s attention makes them sick How could this happen The governor promises to get to the bottom of it But still people are saying it: this is bad but its nowhere near as bad as it could have been Despite everything we are lucky It could have been worse The phrase becomes a mantra an apology an excuse a prayer People point at the Caribbean islands where the death toll from Irma tops 65 where entire cities on Anguilla and the Virgin Islands and Turks and Caicos look from an airplane like boxes of spilled matches The hurricane experts tell us two things happened in Florida The state got lucky when Irmas path shimmied west and the hurricane lacked a back half The cities and towns that passed under the Irmas west side were spared its vicious right hook The great cavalry of 30000 state and federal emergency responders whod been called to Florida to aid in the recovery post-storm start to look for things to do Search and Rescue specialists are sent to the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico Miami-Dade County Fire and Rescue chief Dave Downey goes home to see his family People from Miami Beach line up in their cars waiting to be allowed back home When they finally get there the place is trashed Stores and restaurants and cars and living rooms and boats are smashed and inside-out Sodden and ruined But even here everyone is saying it It could have been worse Doors are propped open airing out Someones car radio is turned up loud Contact us at editors@timecomRyan Seacrest confessed some crippling childhood insecurities to Jimmy Kimmel Thursday night “I used to hate spring break…because you would have to go to the pool or the beach and I never wanted to take my shirt off” Seacrest said The American Idol host revealed that he was overweight as a child and worked hard to get to where he is now and overcome his body issues “I definitely think that remembering how I felt back then drives me to stay fit as an adult” he added “I treat my workouts as one of the most important meetings of the day” Contact us at editors@timecom"He is not worthy nor are his puppet masters of human dignity" reads the Jan 12 Facebook post of Amy Hewett-Olatunde "He is the s***hole and we should line up to take a dump on him"The comment was attached to a news article about remarks attributed to Trump earlier this year in which he questioned why the US would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "s***hole countries" in AfricaState Sen Paul Utke R-Park Rapids read the post on the Senate floor this past weekend as Hewett-Olatunde’s nomination for a spot on the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board was considered"That’s the kind of stuff that really bothered me" Utke said supporting a motion by colleague Sen Eric Pratt R-Prior Lake not to confirm Hewett-OlatundeHewett-Olatunde said Tuesday May 22 that Trump’s comments have a painful impact on the students she works with all of whom are immigrants or English learners She said she felt the need to publicly reject the president’s comments"I stand behind everything I have posted on Facebook" Hewett-Olatunde said in a phone interview "I’m not going to apologize for being passionate about something that is affecting my students every day"The scene played out on the legislative session’s final Sunday May 20 when lawmakers were working furiously to finishPartisan oppositionPratt who chairs the Senate education policy committee said the concerns about Hewett-Olatunde went beyond her social media posts Pratt said she also was critical of the new teacher licensing law the board is tasked with implementing"When you look at the body of some of the things she’s said and done I find it hard to believe that she in fact could execute the law as intended" Pratt saidHewett-Olatunde teaches at St Paul’s LEAP High School which serves refugees recent immigrants and other students learning English She’s Canadian by birth and her husband is from Nigeria according to her biography on the school’s websiteAfter Trump’s comments made national news Hewett-Olatunde said she felt a duty to stand up for her students because many of them come from the countries being criticized She said Minnesota lawmakers who were offended took her comments out of context "I am going to be extremely protective and territorial of what they need" Hewett-Olatunde said of her students "(Some lawmakers) don’t have a real concept of the children we serve"Democrats in the Senate criticized Republican opposition to Hewett-Olatunde’s appointment as purely political They said plenty of professionals can set their personal views aside and do their jobs"Do many teachers and professionals in education have partisan views Sure on both sides of the aisle" said Sen Susan Kent DFL-Woodbury "Yet they are able to do their jobs"Education Minnesota the state teachers union also condemned the opposition to Hewett-Olatunde’s appointment saying her 19 years working with students learning English uniquely qualified her"If this is the sort of person who can be denied an opportunity to volunteer her time because of an intemperate post on Facebook we should all worry about the future of our state and start campaigning against the lawmakers who led the petty charge against her" Denise Specht the teachers union president said in a statementPratt responded to claims of partisanship by saying that other nominees for the board also made social media posts critical of the president but those members still received support from the committee"What sets this candidate apart are the degrading attacks The dehumanization" Pratt saidTwo votes neededAt first Hewett-Olatunde was confirmed to the board with a narrow 34-33 vote with nearly all GOP senators in oppositionState Sen Carla Nelson R-Rochester who chairs the Senate education finance committee was the lone Republican to support Hewett-Olatunde’s nomination It wouldn’t last however Nelson later told her colleagues that her vote was a mistake because she was distractedNelson asked the Senate to reconsider the confirmation something senators on the winning side of a vote can do Hewett-Olatunde’s nomination then was defeated 33-34Latest stumble for licensing overhaulThe Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board was created by the Legislature last year as a fix to the state’s often criticized teacher licensing systemSince its creation the new board has had an administrative law judge rule it needed to start from scratch creating licensing rules even though its predecessor had done a lot of work on the new regulationsBoard members then had to plead with lawmakers for more time to write the new rules At first they were rejected but eventually they were given a few more months to get the new licensing process in placeThe board also was unable to agree on an executive director earlier this year and had to reopen their search They eventually settled on Alex Liuzzi who’s led the agency on an interim basis since last yearMinnesota overhauled its teacher licensing process because the past system was accused of having inconsistent standards and treating educators trained out-of-state and in alternative ways unfairly unfairlyThe state faces a shortage of teachers in key specialties and also needs to diversify its educator workforce as the demographics of the state changeBy Nwaorgu Faustinus The defection of erstwhile Deputy Governor of Rivers State Engr Tele Ikuru from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been described as good riddance to bad rubbish by Rivers APC In a statement he issued on Sunday in Port Harcourt shortly after Ikuru announced his defection Rivers APC Chairman Dr Davies Ibiamu Ikanya said: “Contrary to the thinking in some quarters the defection of Engr Tele Ikuru did not come to us as a surprise Rather than being shocked we feel relieved that he is no more part of us because Ikuru was a PDP mole in our midst Unknown to most people Ikuru initially refused to leave PDP for APC with Governor Rotimi Amaechi in November 2013 However after series of meetings with his uncle and political mentor Chief Uche Secondus the National Vice Chairman of PDP and some other PDP bigwigs he was prevailed upon to follow his principal into APC “Engr Ikuru was asked to stay behind to monitor the activities of APC and most importantly to act as a mole for his uncle and plot the fall of APC in the State – a mission which he failed to accomplish because APC is not just a party in Rivers State but indeed a revolutionary movement fully embraced and jealously guarded by the people of the State” Dr Ikanya disclosed that PDP and Engr Ikuru’s calculation was that Governor Amaechi would be impeached by hook or crook to clear the way for Ikuru’s assumption of office as governor According to him “In keeping with the plot of making Ikuru the substantive Governor of Rivers State PDP set in motion a machinery to use five misguided members of the State House of Assembly to impeach the Speaker but the move was foiled by the Majority Leader Hon Chidi Lloyd and other loyal members of the House The plan was that after impeaching the Speaker the five renegade lawmakers would go ahead to impeach Governor Amaechi and subsequently declare Engr Tele Ikuru as the substantive Governor “When this plot failed Engr Ikuru was asked to remain in APC in the hope that the Presidency would somehow find a way to force Gov Amaechi out of office As part of this plot the Presidency contrived a crisis with regard to the appointment of a Chief Judge for the State but failed to actualise the appointment of Justice Daisy Okocha who was expected to facilitate the impeachment of Gov Amaechi When this plot failed PDP resorted to the mobilisation of ex-militants from Bayelsa and Rivers states to protest in the State in the hope that this would result in a insecurity crisis to be used as an excuse by the Presidency to declare a state of emergency in Rivers and impose Engr Ikuru as Governor” Dr Ikanya said that when all this failed Engr Ikuru was asked to remain in APC in the hope that the party would give him its gubernatorial ticket or a senatorial ticket “When this failed his uncle Uche Secondus advised him to stay on but this time to destabalise APC in his Andoni Local Government Area Towards this end Engr Ikuru pocketed hundreds of millions of naira meant for the development of the party in Andoni and threw in the towel as he was about to be called to account for anti-party activities We are therefore expectedly relieved by his exit and wish to call on our teeming supporters not to shed a tear as it will have no effect whatsoever on the fortunes of APC and its candidates in the forthcoming general elections in the State” the statement concludedIts just after dawn on Saturday and Miami Beach is empty Peele He scratches his stubble and smiles who jailed him and refused to grant him bailLast December"When we talked to him One such American was Major Sullivan Ballou 26 France then I might turn to the Internet“I’m looking at this beautiful thing that’s crafted out of love 255 N Buenos Aires: while he takes a smaller desk in the Oval Office and plays with a toy President Donald Trump’s policy of "zero tolerance" for illegal immigration “As regards 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