Suspected lung cancer forces Bruce Carson trial date postponement

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsA former aide to Prime Minister Stephen Harper facing an influence peddling charge linked to a plan to sell water filtration systems to First Nation reserves is facing surgery for a suspected cancer growth in his lung, forcing the postponement of his July 22 trial date.Bruce Carson, who was once acting chief of staff in the Prime Minister’s Office, is scheduled to go in for surgery on July 15 and is expected to remain in hospital for eight days. Doctors found a growth in his lung that is suspected to be cancer.News of Carson’s ailment surfaced Friday during a court hearing in Ottawa to set a new trial date. The new date will be set during a Sept. 9 court hearing.The RCMP began the process of serving subpenas about two weeks ago.Carson is facing an influence peddling charge stemming from a now shuttered Ottawa water company’s plan to sell filtration system to First Nations reserves grappling with clean water woes.Carson’s fiancee, a former Ottawa escort, had a deal with the company, H2O Global, giving her a large percentage of revenues from the sale of filtration systems. Carson, who lobbied on behalf of the company, initialed the contract.Carson was once a confidant of Harper’s and the Conservative government invested $15 million to create a think tank in Calgary, the Canada School of Energy and Environment, that the former PMO aide ended up heading. Carson was heavily involved in designing a strategy to promote the tar sands.Carson left the think tank after Harper’s office asked the RCMP, the lobbying and ethics commissioners to investigate his activities on behalf of the water company.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

On heels of nuclear security summit UN atomic watchdog seeks more funding

14 April 2010The United Nations agency that plays a leading role in trying to stop terrorists getting their hands on nuclear materials is seeking greater funding to carry out its task following this week’s Washington summit on nuclear security. From protecting nuclear sites against theft and sabotage to enabling secure repatriation of used but still dangerous atomic fuels to helping countries guard against radioactive attacks on major events such as the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games or June’s soccer World Cup in South Africa, the Vienna-based UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is front and centre.“The IAEA needs stronger and more predictable funding to do its job better,” Director General Yukiya Amano, who attended the two-day summit convened by United States President Barack Obama, said of the agency, which has 151 Member States.“I am grateful to all those who have matched their words of support with much needed pledges to ensure that the IAEA has the resources it needs to make all of us more secure.” In a communiqué issued following the Washington nuclear security summit, which ended yesterday, the 47 participating States reaffirmed “the essential role of the IAEA in the international nuclear security framework” and pledged to “work to ensure that it continues to have the appropriate structure, resources and expertise needed to carry out its mandated nuclear security activities.”Mr. Amano thanked the attending leaders for their moral and political support. “I am pleased that the IAEA’s efforts to make nuclear facilities and borders more secure to reduce the threat of nuclear terrorism are recognized at the highest levels of government,” he said.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who also attended the summit, has proposed a series of high-level meetings to flesh out efforts to prevent nuclear terrorism, including a conference to speed up universal adoption of the five-year-old International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism, which has so far been ratified by only 65 countries – barely a third of UN Member States.Ahead of the summit, IAEA Office of Nuclear Security Director Anita Nilsson warned of the “real threat” that terrorists could construct a nuclear explosive or radiological dispersal device, a so-called dirty bomb, and use it. Agency experts help countries protect their nuclear facilities and transport against sabotage or theft, offering specialized training and backing the installation of radiological monitoring equipment at border crossings. In the past six years the agency has helped Member States repatriate 45 consignments of radioactive materials from developing countries where they were used in medicine, industry or research. In less than a decade, it has trained 9,000 experts in 120 countries on all aspects of nuclear security, improved facility security in 30 states, and supplied 3,000 detection instruments to more than 50 States. IAEA support in securing major public events against nuclear terrorism involves months and even years of planning. The Beijing Olympics involved one and a half years of work in training people to detect radioactive material that might be brought into the venues and to know what to do if that happened.The upcoming soccer World Cup in South Africa is another example where the IAEA is supplying training and radiation detection equipment as were the 2004 Olympics in Greece, the 2006 World Cup in Germany and the 2007 Pan American Games in Brazil.Should a nuclear security incident occur or a nuclear or radiation emergency arise, the IAEA Incident and Emergency Centre coordinates 24/7 specialized support and assistance for Member States. read more

Eight candidates named to become UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Eight nominees have been short-listed to become the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), replacing Ruud Lubbers, who resigned a month ago as chief of the refugee agency amid a media furore over allegations against him of sexual harassment, which he denied.At the beginning of the latest search, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said he wanted someone with a thorough knowledge of refugee issues and of unimpeachable personal and professional integrity. The person would also have to have proven skills in managing a complex organization, be able to mobilize resources and be an unflinching champion of the refugee cause.Today Mr. Annan’s spokesman, Fred Eckhard, issued a list of people chosen to be interviewed by a panel of senior management officials in the next few weeks. The panel will refer the finalists to Mr. Annan and his Deputy, Louise Fréchette, for final interviews. Mr. Annan will then forward the name of his nominee to the UN General Assembly.The eight include Emma Bonino of Italy, Member of the European Parliament, Committee on Foreign Affairs, Committee on Budget, Sub-Committee on Human Rights; Hans Dahlgren of Sweden, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs; Gareth Evans of Australia, President and Chief Executive of the Brussels-based International Crisis Group; and former Prime Minister António Guterres of Portugal.Also listed are Søren Jessen-Petersen of Denmark, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Kosovo and head of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission there (UNMIK); Bernard Kouchner of France, Former Minister of Health and Mr. Annan’s former Special Representative for Kosovo; Kamel Morjane of Tunisia, currently the Assistant High Commissioner for Refugees; and Mark Verwilghen of Belgium, Minister of Economy, Energy, Foreign Trade and Scientific Politics. read more

Ohio State field hockey drops regular season finale against Michigan

OSU redshirt sophomore midfield/back Carolina Vergroessen (28) runs with the ball while being trailed by California players during a field hockey game on Oct. 25, 2015, at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU won 6-3. Credit: Robert Scarpinito / Copy Chief Three goals were enough for Michigan to take down the Ohio State field hockey team on Saturday afternoon in Ann Arbor, Michigan, during the regular season finale.The victory is the No. 11 Wolverines’ (15-3, 7-1) ninth straight win and third straight shutout this season.  The loss drops the Buckeyes to .500 for the season and conference play.OSU (9-9, 4-4) was unable to break through Michigan’s stout defense, but even with the loss, the Buckeyes finish their season in a tie for fourth place in the Big Ten.Sophomore goalie Liz Tamburro had a busy day as the Wolverines outshot the Scarlet and Gray 19-1. The Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, native was faced with an array of shot attempts all game long. She tallied eight total saves on the night.A little more than 11 minutes into the game, Michigan freshman forward Emma Way struck first with a rebound off a penalty corner shot. For the remainder of the half, the Buckeyes’ defense stood tall and stunted Michigan’s attempts.Nearing halftime, OSU had a window of opportunity to level the match after Michigan senior back Lauren Thomas was called for a 10-minute yellow card, meaning the Buckeyes had a one-player advantage. Four minutes later when senior midfielder Jaime Dean committed a foul, OSU had a two-player advantage but even with it, the Buckeyes could not tie the game.The Scarlet and Gray kept its deficit to just one goal for much of the second half, but with 12 minutes left on the clock, the wheels began to fall off for OSU.Thomas — back from her yellow card — converted from the top of the circle. Then redshirt senior back Mackenzie Ellis scored the game-clinching goal on a rebound off a corner shot a mere three minutes later.With the regular season in the books, OSU will begin to prepare for its opening-round matchup against Northwestern in the Big Ten tournament. The Buckeyes fell to the Wildcats 2-0 on Oct. 23 in their only meeting this season. The rematch — which is the first of the tournament — is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday in Bloomington, Indiana. read more

LindenLethem Road improvement project to commence soon

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBad roads lead to fuel shortage in LethemAugust 12, 2017In “Business”UK funded bridging of Kurupukari crossing to commence soon- PattersonMay 2, 2018In “Business”Contracts for maintenance of Linden/Lethem road awarded – Min. FergusonJuly 20, 2018In “latest news” …as Guyana, UK work towards completion of phase 1Construction of the first phase of the Linden-Lethem Road Project is expected to commence soon as the Ministry of Public Infrastructure (MPI) and the United Kingdom Government work closely towards its success.A section of Linden-Lethem roadAccording to the MPI, the first phase of the project covers approximately 122.5km of road from Linden and the construction of a bridge across the Essequibo River at Kurupukari River. This phase is being funded by the UK Government through its UK Caribbean Infrastructure Partnership Fund (UKCIF) programme and is currently in the design stage.As part of the collaboration with the UK Government, the Government of Guyana is seeking to engage a multi-discipline and transport sector-experienced consulting firm to assist in the preparation of a two-component capital project. The components for this capital project include the upgrade of approximately 122.5 km of road between Linden and Mabura Hill (including drainage) and construction of a new single or dual lane fixed bridge across the Essequibo River at the Kurupukari ferry crossing( approximately 600m long).While the proposed road upgrade applies only to one section of the Linden-Lethem road, the capital works on the remaining 331.5km of the laterite road will be undertaken through funding from other sources.The MPI explained that the remaining capital works would fall under additional phases and the Ministry of Public Infrastructure has already engaged the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) on possible funding for the stretch of road between Mabura Hill and Lethem. Earlier last week, Minister within the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Annette Ferguson, met with officials from IsDB on the project and another team is slated to return to Guyana for further discussions.The final cost of phase 1 of the project is not yet known but will be determined by the detailed design study being funded by the UKCIF. read more

Man Spends 1 Million of Stolen Money on Game of War

first_imgThe ironic thing about free-to-play games is that players tend to spend a great deal of real-world money on them via microtransactions. While some folks can go overboard with how much money they put into a mobile game, most tend to keep themselves in check and not go wild. But what would happen if a player had near limitless funds? How much could a person actually spend on a free-to-play game? We now have an answer to this question.A forty-five-year-old man named Kevin Co from Sacramento, California recently plead guilty to fraudulently using company credit cards to steal $4.8 million from his employer, Holt California. He spent $1 million of the stolen funds on Game of War (a game made famous thanks to commercials featuring Kate Upton and Mariah Carey showing a healthy amount of cleavage). The game brings in an average of $1.6 million a day thanks to all of its users, but Co managed to spend that same amount of money all by himself.As for what Co spent the rest of the stolen money on, he used the company card to purchase expensive cars, plastic surgery, a golf course membership at the exclusive Whitney Oaks Gold Club in Rocklin, California, home furniture, and season tickets to San Francisco 49ers and Sacramento Kings games. All of this and more are detailed in his plea agreement (via Ars Technica). Co indulged himself on company funds over the course of seven years.Mr. Co has pleaded guilty to charges of wire fraud and money laundering. He will be sentenced in May of next year. The two charges against him each carry jail terms of up to 20 years. However, the US government’s attorney has recommended a lesser punishment as part of the plea deal.last_img read more

Edge and Christian set for the Stone Cold Podcast on 97

first_img Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Twitter WWE announced on Sunday night during SummerSlam that Edge and Christian will be featured on the next live “Stone Cold Podcast” on 9/7 following RAW on the WWE Network.The official preview reads:“The seven time WWE Tag Team Champions and lifelong friends had no shortage of memorable moments during their run atop the tag team ranks, including their involvement in some of WWE’s most absurd and hilarious moments. Don’t miss two of WWE’s most entertaining Superstars in a can’t-miss interview, live on WWE Network.”WWE.com: Watch Edge and Christian on the Stone Cold PodcastRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Rescheduling San Jose NXTVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:38/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:35 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Pinterest Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Google+ Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Facebookcenter_img Wrestleview Post-RAW #49: King of the Ring tournament discussion, RAW review Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Now Playing Up Next WWEs Becky Lynch Invited To RAW Videos Articles Live Podcast: Review of AEW’s second PPV Fyter Fest from Daytona Beach, Florida Triple H 9/7 NXT Live Results: Gainesville, Florida (Kushida vs. Roderick Strong, Matt Riddle in action) last_img read more

Four Homer Men Fined For Illegal Commercial Fishing

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Four Homer men were convicted of illegal commercial fishing in 2018. The Alaska State Troopers say the men in July fished illegally in closed waters of Dog Fish Bay or drove salmon from closed waters to open waters. The fish were caught by a set that occurred in open and closed waters. The operators of the F/V Little Star, F/V Relentless, F/V Northstar and F/V Wind were all cited for commercial fishing violations as a result.  A 5th vessel, the F/V Maranatha, was also present and used to illegally transport some of the fish illegally caught, according to Troopers. Thirty–six–year–old Paul Roth and 40–year–old Robert Roth were convicted of commercial fishing in closed waters and other misdemeanors. Paul Roth was fined $4,000 with $2,000 suspended and Robert Roth was fined $4,000 with $2,500 suspended.The fishermen forfeited 10,000 pounds (4536 kilograms) of salmon to the state. Last July, the four commercial fishing seine vessels were observed to be working together to drive salmon out of the closed water area towards the open water area, and illegally harvesting and transporting those fish. The vessels themselves as well as hand plungers were used by the fisherman in closed waters to drive the fish. She fined Roth $11,000 with $7,500 suspended and Winslow $11,200 with $7,500 suspended. District Court Judge Margaret Murphy on Wednesday found 66–year–old Mark Roth and 63–year–old Eric Winslow guilty of driving salmon from closed waters and failing to provide information to a fish transporter.last_img read more

Hearst Looking to Boost Social Interaction OnSite

first_imgHearst is beginning to look to its own brands as destinations for more social activity. Through a partnership with Merkle subsidiary Social Amp, Cosmo, Elle and Marie Claire are experimenting with functionality and personalization features designed to enhance social interaction on-site, in addition to what’s been going on inside the boundaries of Facebook or Twitter.”In 2012 we concentrated on, and are finally doing a good job of, engaging our audience on the social platforms,” says Ross Geisel, director of audience development and social media for Hearst Digital Media. “In 2013, it’s about how to make our sites more social and have readers share out to their social networks. We’re still going to rely on editors to have that conversation within the networks, but we want to bring some of that energy back on the site as well.”The three brands will have three new core features that visitors will see if they log in via their Facebook accounts. “Reactions” leverage the Like function and let readers “want”, “love” and “try” stories and images. The Reactions, says the company, are designed to be brand-specific. “Trends with Friends” features a scrolling banner that reveals reactions from other readers.And “MagShare” collects all of the reactions into a pinboard-style layout, revealing trending content across the three brands—also cleverly connecting the three with a network-like effect.  “We hope the experience over time merges into a network experience. Imagine being on Elle.com and seeing something that’s trending on MarieClaire.com,” adds Geisel.The data behind all this will be the “million-dollar question,” says Geisel, but it’s a key reason for the partnership with Social Amp. For now, data will help dial in the authentication process and going forward will assist in adding to the user experience through the social features.last_img read more

How Young Musicians Are Using Instagram As A Music Platform

first_img Email How Young Musicians Are Using Instagram As A Music Platform Twitter How Musicians Use Instagram As A Music Platform how-young-musicians-are-using-instagram-music-platform Indie music distributor AWAL, or as they call themselves, a “unique alternative to the traditional music label,” recently wrote blogged about this new phenomena of the new generation of musicians releasing music on Instagram. They point to 23-year-old Whack who released her entire debut album Whack World on her Instagram earlier this year. She made a video for each song, all of which were just one-minute-long, and uploaded all of them to the social platform the day the album dropped.She also released the album on music streaming services, including Spotify and SoundCloud, and while views and listens of her music on her social don’t provide a direct revenue stream as they would on Spotify and Apple Music, social media (and SoundCloud) allows artists like her to take distribution into their own hands. Her approach makes a lot of sense when you take into consideration the fact that Spotify’s algorithms tend to favor male artists and its popular hip-hop centric playlists primarily feature male rappers.It is vital for younger and emerging artists to find exposure in creative ways to reach new fans. As AWAL points out; “The opportunity cost of a ‘free’ project, sans ad revenue, on Instagram is somewhat marginal, because if a would-be fan enjoys the sample they spent 15 to 60 seconds with enough, they’ll likely generate the bulk of their repeat spins somewhere else.” News A new generation of artists is taking to social media to show the world their art and perhaps changing the confines of the platform as a picture-focused serviceAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Nov 8, 2018 – 6:29 pm The way music fans consume music has radically changed over the past decade or so, and as younger artists enter the music world, they continue to shift the playing field, finding new and innovative ways to spread their sound and reach new fans. Recently we’ve seen a new generation of musicians, like young hip-hop artists Jaden Smith and Tierra Whack, turn to Instagram as a new way to expose more people to their music. Facebook Smith also used his Instagram to release music this year, a remix version of 2017’s Syre. Unlike Whack’s Whack World, his Syre: The Electric Album, is not available on Spotify, but can be streamed on SoundCloud, although only with a premium listener account. Visiting either artists’ Instagram page and seeing the video thumbnails form the album cover is intriguing enough to click to listen—in this day and age, with more content from more sources and quicker scrolling from consumers, it feels important to find new ways to catch the attention of peoples’ eyes and ears.As AWAL quotes MusicAlly; “The existing subscription streaming giants are primarily platforms for distribution, after all, not interaction – and from an artist’s perspective, distribution by third-party corporations is not neatly aligned with the control afforded by social media.”You can catch both Smith and Whack performing at Camp Flog Gnaw in Los Angeles this weekend, which will be livestreamed.How Music Streaming Algorithms Hinder Female ArtistsRead morelast_img read more

OBITUARY Reverend Paul W Berube 84

first_imgLOWELL, MA — Reverend Paul W. Berube, 84, passed away on Sunday, August 25, 2019 at D’Youville Senior Care in Lowell following a brief illness.Born and raised in Salem, he was the son of the late Rene G. and Cecile A. (Levesque) Berube.Father Paul was a graduate of Joliet College and St. John Seminary Class of 1960 and was ordained priest on February 2, 1960. During his 55 years as a priest he served at the following Parishes: Parochial Vicar, St. Thomas of Villanova in Wilmington, Parochial Vicar, St. Matthew in Dorchester, Director of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine for Archdiocese of Boston, Parochial Vicar St. Mary in Chelmsford, Team Ministry Moderator, St. John Chrysostom in West Roxbury, Pastor, Sacred Heart in Amesbury, Administrator, St. Ann and Pastor, St. Zepherin both in Wayland, Parochial Vicar, St. Mary in Chelmsford. He retired in 2003 and was Senior Priest in residence at Immaculate Conception in Newburyport before moving to the SAAB Residence in Lowell.He is survived by his brother, Raymond Berube, his sister, Gloria Brabrook and her husband Robert , two nephews, Mark and Paul and a niece, Kristen.There will be a visitation on Thursday, September 5, 2019 in Ste. Anne Church, 290 Jefferson Ave., Salem, MA from 10 to 11:15 a.m, followed by his Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Salem. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to, St. Boniface Haiti Foundation, 3834 Elliott Street, Newton, MA 02458.For guestbook and additional information, please visit www.LevesqueFunerals.com.Reverend Paul W. Berube(NOTE: The above obituary is from Levesque Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Reverend Paul R. Franz, 80In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 25, 2019)In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Lucille C. (Enos) Gilson, 77In “Obituaries”last_img read more

What the Mueller probe found

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 11 July 2019 street art of former special council Robert Mueller is seen outside a construction site on 11 July 2019, in Washington, DC. Photo: AFPSpecial Counsel Robert Mueller’s 448-page report capped an investigation that began in July 2016 after the FBI took alarm at Russian meddling in the presidential election battle.It expanded to include obstruction of justice allegations against president Donald Trump after Trump fired FBI director James Comey, who had overseen the investigation. Mueller was then named to lead the effort in May 2017.Mueller’s investigation charged in total 34 people. Six were deeply involved in Trump’s presidential campaign, including his personal lawyer Michael Cohen, campaign chairman Paul Manafort and national security advisor Michael Flynn.But only Russians were charged for election meddling, the focus of the investigation; Americans were charged mostly with lying to investigators or wrongdoing unrelated to the election.The first volume of his report detailed the investigation into Russian meddling and explained why Russians were charged with criminal conspiracy but not Americans.The second volume examined the obstruction allegations.Russian election meddling The report says that as early as 2014, arms of the Kremlin and Russian intelligence, at the instigation of president Vladimir Putin, began actively interfering in US politics. One operation, by the Russian Internet Research Agency, involved manipulating social media to influence American voter views, aiming to damage Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton and boost Republican Trump.The second operation involved hacking by the GRU, Moscow’s military intelligence agency, into election systems and campaign computer networks. The hackers obtained large volumes of documents and communications from Clinton’s campaign that were leaked online, primarily through WikiLeaks, during the race to harm her campaign.The report lays out detailed evidence backing the decision to charge 12 GRU agents and 13 from the Internet Research Agency with conspiracy against the United States.Collusion/coordination with RussiansThe report details scores of willing contacts between the Trump campaign and Russians, including efforts to obtain dirt on Clinton, negotiations for a massive Trump Tower real estate deal in Moscow, liaising with WikiLeaks on the materials stolen by the GRU, secret calls with the Russian ambassador to Washington, sharing campaign data with a Kremlin-linked businessman, and talks on arranging a Trump-Putin meeting.The contacts added up to an extensive record of attempted collusion and coordination. The report said the campaign “expected” to benefit from Moscow’s meddling.But Mueller explained that “collusion” and “coordination” are not specific criminal offenses. Instead, the focus was on whether there was an active criminal conspiracy with the Russians, and no such deliberate conspiracy was found.”Although the investigation established that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome, and that the campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts, the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities,” the report concluded.Obstruction of justice Mueller laid out at least 10 instances in which Trump allegedly obstructed justice, including pressuring Comey to close an investigation of Flynn, Comey’s firing, efforts to curb and remove Mueller, and efforts to influence the testimony of campaign and White House associates, including what appeared to be offers of pardons.The evidence presented by the report is strong, legal experts say.But Mueller did not recommend charges, saying he was blocked by Justice Department policy holding that the president cannot be charged with a felony while in office, and that it was then Congress’ responsibility to determine if a president broke the law.Yet in an oblique, backhanded phrase that left the general public confused, Mueller said he absolutely was not exonerating Trump.”If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state. Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, we are unable to reach that judgment.”last_img read more

VIDEO Extreme bros viral stunt attempt upstaged by 94yearold man effortlessly draining

first_imgEveryone wants to go viral on the internet. One shredded, bearded bro cooked up an extreme stunt to get some clicks and the video is paying off, but not because of him.The video shows the jacked dude attempting some weird type of handstand with a bunch of barbells stacked on top of each other. Yeah, really cool man. Who cares?While the shredded hipster is busy doing whatever he’s doing, your eyes can’t help but be drawn to the old man in the background effortlessly sinking free throw after free throw. He doesn’t miss once during the video.The hipster stuntman was beaming with self-satisfaction after doing his stupid trick, not realizing he was destined to be the supporting actor in this viral video. So perfect.The grandpa draining shots in the background is really all I could focus on pic.twitter.com/c6SpOmFGJJ— Jasmine (@JasmineLWatkins) March 26, 2017 Sadly, one social media user pointed out that the man shooting the free throws in the background is Dr. Tom Amberry, a Long Beach podiatrist who died on March 18 at the age of 94. Amberry wasn’t just a physician, he also set the Guinness World Record by sinking 2,750 consecutive free throws in 1993.Amberry was actually offered a contract by the Minneapolis Lakers in 1951, but declined it to pursue his career in medicine. So, he’s basically the real life Moonlight Graham.The video is of one of his last free throw sessions before his death. He was still money until the end. RIP, doc.last_img read more

The FTC issues orders to 7 broadband companies to analyze ISP privacy

first_imgThe Federal Trade Commission announced yesterday that they have issued orders to seven U.S. Internet broadband providers to analyze how these broadband companies carry out the data collection and distribution process. Seven broadband companies including AT&T Inc., AT&T Mobility LLC, Comcast Cable Communications doing business as Xfinity, Google Fiber Inc., T-Mobile US Inc., Verizon Communications Inc., and Cellco Partnership doing business as Verizon Wireless, received orders from the FTC for monitoring the companies’ privacy policies, procedures, and practices. According to the FTC press release, “This study is to better understand Internet service providers’ privacy practices in light of the evolution of telecommunications companies into vertically integrated platforms that also provide advertising-supported content. Under current law, the FTC has the ability to enforce against unfair and deceptive practices involving Internet service providers.” What information does the FTC plan to retrieve? The FTC is authorized to issue the “Orders to File a Special Report by Section 6(b) of the FTC Act”, the press release reads. The Commission seeks to obtain information on the categories of personal information collected about consumers or their devices, including the purpose for which the information is collected or used. Also, the techniques for collecting such information: whether the information collected is shared with third parties; internal policies for access to such data; and how long the information is retained; They will also analyze whether the information is aggregated, anonymized or de-identified. The other factors they’ll analyze include: Copies of the companies’ notices and disclosures to consumers about their data collection practices; Whether the companies offer consumers choices about the collection, retention, use, and disclosure of personal information, and whether the companies have denied or degraded service to consumers who decline to opt-in to data collection; and Procedures and processes for allowing consumers to access, correct, or delete their personal information. “The FTC has given the companies up to 45 days to hand over the requested information”, The Verge reports. A user wrote on HackerNews, “It’s good to check on this of course but…as far as ISPs go, this is actually about #3 on the list of problems I want the FTC or someone to fix” “How about the fact that there’s usually only one choice. Or that Internet that everyone wants can be force-bundled with ridiculous things no one wants (like a home phone line and minimum TV bundle), that we tolerate because there is no option. Or prices that go up forever with no improvements, except when they all magically found a way the day after Google Fiber was announced. These companies abuse their positions and need to be checked for that in addition to privacy”, the user added. To know more about this news in detail, visit the official press release. Read Next Facebook under criminal investigations for data sharing deals: NYT report Advocacy groups push FTC to fine Facebook and break it up for repeatedly violating the consent order and unfair business practices US Senators introduce a bill to avoid misuse of facial recognition technologylast_img read more

Community managed forests protect against climate change study finds

first_imgRespecting community and indigenous rights to collective land tenure and forest management could help avert climate change — and save us billions of dollars, according to a new report from the Washington-based World Resources Institute (WRI).The report is based on case studies of community territories in Asia, Africa and Latin America — including indigenous territories in the Brazilian Amazon and community forest concessions in Guatemala’s Mayan Biosphere Reserve. Researchers found that forests under the groups’ control and management are better preserved, emitting less carbon and storing more than forests where local communities have weak control.In the Brazilian Amazon’s indigenous territories, which cover 13 percent of the country, the benefits from carbon capture and averted emissions amount to $161.7 billion over 20 years, according to the report. And in the Mayan Biosphere, the benefits amount to $605 million over 20 years.These findings will bolster the demands voiced by 300 indigenous women from different countries across the region who meet Tuesday in Guatemala City in the run up to the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21), which will be held in Paris from November 30 to December 11. The women want recognition of their role as key agents in the fight against global warming. They also want greater access to technology and financial resources to further that role.Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous People, praised the WRI report. “[It] is very significant in terms of establishing the links between human rights and forest protection and sustainable use. It’s sending a message to governments to link respect for the rights of indigenous people to their land and resources to the climate change mitigation activities that [governments] are supposed to commit to,” she told The Tico Times.Tauli-Corpuz added that the region’s governments need to do more to ensure that community land titles are respected and that indigenous lands are not taken over by special economic interests, like mining and monoculture plantations, or even drug traffickers.“In Honduras, for example, indigenous people have collective land titles but [outside] land owners are invading their land for African palm plantations and there is invasion from other interests such as hydroelectric dams and mining,” she said.An interactive map released in conjunction with the report allows users to explore indigenous and community-owned land around the world: Community and indigenous lands in Central America and part of South America. (landmarkmap.org)Benefits of community forest tenure outweigh costsThe World Resources Institute study also found that the estimated annual cost per hectare of securing community forest tenure is low compared to the benefits from reducing carbon emissions and preventing deforestation. In Brazil, a $19 per hectare investment today would yield the equivalent of $1,473 per hectare in benefits in 20 years, WRI found. In Guatemala, a $63 per hectare investment today, would yield $1,899 per hectare in benefits, including economic benefits to communities through sustainable harvesting and the sale of forest products.Peter Viet, director of the WRI’s Land and Resources Rights Initiative, said compared to the indigenous communities in Brazil’s Amazon, communities in Guatemala’s Mayan Biosphere Reserve found it harder to comply with the government’s long list of requirements for managing the land, which includes annual audits and forest management plans. “These communities are not indigenous; they were more recent groupings of individuals so they didn’t have the social cohesion and there were conflicts internally. Also, compared to Brazil, Guatemala is more bureaucratic and as a result, there’s more costs,” he said.Overall, the figures presented in the report make a compelling case for the environmental, social and economic benefits of community forestry.“In these two case studies we found that community forestry adds the highest value; it’s not agriculture or cattle raising or the exploitation of minerals, it’s sustainable forestry,” Juan Carlos Altamirano, an economist for the WRI, told The Tico Times.Plus, community forestry can help reduce costs associated with resource conflicts that often accompany extractive industries, like mining, and others that are non-community based.A recent study by Guatemala’s Human Rights Ombudsman’s Office highlighted mining and hydroelectric dams as the main source of conflict in Guatemala.Community managed forests in TotonicapánIn the department of Totonicapán, located in Guatemala’s western highlands, forest land is divided into 48 cantons that have been communally owned by Maya Kiché communities since colonial times.Logging within a three-mile radius of water resources is strictly forbidden and if a family needs to fell a tree for firewood, it must seek prior consent from indigenous community leaders and only the oldest trees can be felled. The penalties for breaking these rules depends on the size of the tree that was felled and range from planting five trees to paying fines equivalent to $64 to $102.In order to ensure forest regeneration, every year in May leaders distribute tree seedlings from a community greenhouse so that every member of the community can plant five trees in an area of their choice.The communities also observe strict rules regarding the use of water from six sources in the forest. If a family wishes to build a house it must seek permission from the local water committee. Using water for activities considered superfluous, such as washing cars and motorbikes, is forbidden.According to Guatemala’s Ministry for the Environment and Natural Resources, Totonicapán has the lowest deforestation rate in the country.“The crucial factor in Totonicapán is communal land ownership and the establishment of strategic alliances with the government,” said Andrea Ixchiú, former president of the board of natural resources for Totonicapán’s 48 cantons. “Governance and the use of resources improves when communities coordinate actions with the state.”If the benefits of community forestry outweigh those of environmentally hazardous industries such as oil extraction, why have the region’s governments been reluctant to phase out bureaucratic hurdles, implement agrarian reforms and invest in communal land ownership programs? According to the WRI, in 2013 indigenous peoples and communities held legal rights to only about 15.5 percent of the world’s forests.Viet from WRI indicated that many governments are reluctant to cede control over natural resources to local groups because they don’t trust their ability to manage them well.“There’s a real nervousness on the part of governments to decentralize forests to communities due to a concern over capacity,” Viet from WRI said. “Over time, when governments gain more confidence and the community shows it has the capacity, it could lift some of those conditions.” Facebook Comments Related posts:US concerns grow over possible Nicaragua Canal land expropriation, ambassador says A Paris climate change talks primer for Costa Rica With COP21 underway, development banks urged to boost ‘green finance’ in Latin America US inflames debate on climate finance with plan for UN talkslast_img read more

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first_imgRas Al Khaimah has signed an agreement with Cox & Kings Ltd to strengthen its relationship and expand its presence in the Indian market, which is one of the fastest outbound markets in the region. This agreement will focus on promoting the various aspects of Ras Al Khaimah and popularise it in the Indian market.The agreement, which was signed at Arabian Travel Market (ATM) at Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority’s stand, is aimed at increasing tourism arrivals to Ras Al Khaimah from India. The partnership, which took effect from May 1, 2016, will also introduce Ras Al Khaimah to the Indian market through specially created itineraries, creation of standalone tourism products for the emirate and market the destination via a series of campaigns and training programmes for Cox & Kings staff.India has already cemented its position as one of the emirate’s leading source markets with an 80% increase in visitors, year-on-year (2014-2015).Haitham Mattar, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority said, “Following our revised strategies and vision to reach one million visitors by the end of 2018, we will be announcing a number of partnerships such as this. Air India Express has already launched new routes to the emirate and our agreement with Cox & Kings will ensure we’re making the destination as accessible as ever. We are proud to begin a long relationship with such an established travel company within one of our top source markets. India offers an important contribution towards our overall visitor figures and we are keen to progress this opportunity to target Indian travellers even further.”Ashutosh Mehere, Senior Vice President, Alliances & Special Projects, Cox & Kings Ltd., said, “Ras Al Khaimah offers the Indian traveller an opportunity to explore a new destination. We will focus on promoting the destination aggressively in the Indian market and create packages that are affordable and capture the essence of the destination.’’last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Hotel Clasico launches in the Palermo Hollywood neighborhood of Buenos Aires, as the latest hospitality instalment from Adolfo Suaya.As a hotelier and restaurateur, Adolfo boasts an impressive collection of brands that have included Dolce, Geisha House, Surley Goat, Bar Delux, Goa, Osaka, Phoenix, The Lodge, Casa Suaya, Boho and Gaucho Grill, to name a select few.Adolfo’s  taste for the cuisine of his native country Argentina, is uniquely played out via his partnership with Jessica Lederman’s Möoi restaurant. Jessica, is a celebrated chef and designer of cuisine that is both flavourful and artful in its presentation.Architecture & DesignThe decor and style of the building was designed by Estudio Zatloukal, who’s lead architects include Jorge Zatlouka and Ciara McGonigal. The influence incorporates Argentina’s rich history,  juxtaposing antiquity with modernity. The hotel’s main design theme is classic French, taking inspiration from Belle Epoque or “Beautiful Era”.The hotel currently has 32 rooms and four floors. Each floor boasts a bold and unique color palate and features art installations that are indicative of South American history and pop culture.The hotel’s art photo collection includes exclusive works by FotoRuta and mixes nostalgia with pop culture and Argentinian cinema. The elevators are covered in a quilted leather, and each floor pays homage to different women of Argentine cinema, some of which include Amelia Bence,Tita Merello, and Coca Sarli.Restaurant- MooiDuring his travels, Adolfo worked extensively with chef Jessica Lekerman of Möoi restaurant, which first opened its doors in Belgrano in 2010, and recently opened its second location at Hotel Clasico. Jessica, known for her healthy cuisine style, uses fresh ingredients and produce that she collects from local markets.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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