NEW DELHI: Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Monday inaugurated Van Mahotsav and Rose Garden developed by the Delhi Development Authority at Dwarka.”DDA is poised to cover more area of Delhi as Green Carpet by planting 4 lakh indigenous species this year keeping in view its sustainable environment. As a new initiative, the DDA has associated the children of various Delhi schools of Class VI and above to plant and adopt a tree and to place name plaque on the adopted tree to inculcate the sense of belongingness,” said the LG. He also said that the DDA has developed 11.5 acres of green area in Sector-16C, Dwarka for Rose Garden, Fruit Garden and Herbal Garden. The Rose Garden spreads over an area of 6.5 acres with 90 different varieties of roses.
Food Bank For New York City’s Can Do Awards Dinner will take place on April 17.This star-studded Awards gala is instrumental in helping to provide support for the 1.5 million New Yorkers who rely on Food Bank’s programs and services. Since its inception, the Can Do Awards have raised more than $18 million dollars, helping to provide 90 million free meals for New Yorkers in need. Every dollar donated to Food Bank helps provide five meals.Among those expected to attend are honoree Lee Brian Schrager; Event Chair Scott R. Feldman and Jodisue Rosen; Honorary Chairs Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick. The evening will feature a performance by Salt-N-Pepa and music by DJ Kid Capri. Additional guests to include: Ted Allen, Kelsey Asbille, David Burtka, Asia Kate Dillon, Elvis Duran, Caitlin FitzGerald, Savannah Guthrie, Kristine Froseth, Lauren Bush Lauren, Katie Lee, Sandra Lee, Chris Lowell, Debi Mazar & Gabriele Corcos, Marc Murphy, Rachael Ray, Alysia Reiner, Theodora Richards, Josh Safdie, Rosanna Scotto, and others.WHEN: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 Media Check-In: 5:15 PM Arrivals: 6:00 – 7:30 PMWHERE: Cipriani Wall Street**MEDIA CHECK IN will be located at 57 Wall StreetMORE INFO: Food Bank For New York City Benefit office212- 867-1117CanDo@foodbanknyc.orgwww.foodbanknyc.org/CanDo
It’s no secret that Vancouver is a hot location for film and tv shoots, which is why it has earned the nickname ‘Hollywood North’ (even though it doesn’t always play itself). What you might know is that many of the filming locations are actually at UBC.UBC’s campus can be spotted in everything from the classic sci-fi series ‘X-Files’ to the 2006 Amanda Bynes comedy ‘She’s The Man’. It was even featured most recently in the new Netflix series, Altered Carbon.Here are 14 movies and TV you never knew were shot at UBC.1. Battlestar Galactica The 2004 TV series Battlestar Galactica was a hit among sci-fi fans, and given that the show is largely set in space, you’d never know it partly filmed at Vancouver’s very own UBC campus.Rose Garden (Battlestar Galactica/Universal Television)UBC Rose Garden. (UBC Media Relations).2. Altered CarbonNetflix’s new hit show Altered Carbon is one of the most recent sci-fi shows to be partly filmed at UBC, here’s the Rose Garden as the garden of Bancroft’s Palace.Scene from Altered Carbon. (Netflix)3. The Man In The High CastleThe area around Koerner Library and the Rose Garden were used as filming locations for dystopian alternate-history show ‘The Man In The High Castle’.The Man In The High Castle Filmed at UBC (Xicotencatl/Wikimedia)4. The Butterfly EffectAshton Kutcher’s 2001 mind-bending time travel movie ‘The Butterfly Effect’ was partly filmed at UBC, here’s Kutcher’s character Evan Treborn cycling down Main Mall.Ashton Kutcher in The Butterfly Effect (The Butterfly Effect/Film Engine, BenderSpink, Katalyst Films)5. SmallvilleAnyone who was a teenager in the early 2000’s will remember the television adaptation of Superman, Smallville. Considering the show is set in Kansas, you wouldn’t guess it was filmed at UBC. The new Netflix show ‘Altered Carbon’ is one of the most recent television shows to be filmed at UBC (Altered Carbon/Netflix) Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitter
VICTORIA – British Columbia’s fight against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is heading to court with the New Democrat government seeking affirmation that it has the right to protect its environment from the threat of a heavy oil spill.The reference case to B.C.’s Court of Appeal throws further uncertainty on the project as cabinet ministers said Thursday it is unlikely a decision will be reached before Kinder Morgan Canada’s May 31 deadline for getting some assurance it can proceed without the threat of more delays.Premier John Horgan said the reference case is aimed at protecting the province’s coastline and economy from the harms of an oil spill.“By issuing this reference today we’re confirming we have the jurisdiction to ensure that if there was a catastrophic diluted bitumen spill we have the ability to take steps to protect our economy and our environment,” Horgan said.It’s the latest move in the escalating dispute over the $7.4-billion project that would double an existing pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C., in an effort to sell more fuel to Asian markets.Kinder Morgan said it wants clarity on its ability to build in B.C. and the protection of its shareholders.“The comments and proposed legislation put forward by the province of B.C. today signal the province’s continued intention to frustrate the project,” the company said in a statement on Thursday.The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers calls the move discriminatory and redundant and “just another stall tactic to tie the project up with more red tape after Ottawa gave in the green light 18 months ago.”The group said in a news release that the government of Canada now needs to exercise its Constitutional authority and move the project forward.Business groups said B.C.’s anti-pipeline tactics tell investors around the world that Canada, despite a robust environmental approval process, is a difficult place to build major projects.“The process counts, the rules count,” said Chris Gardner, president of B.C.’s Independent Contractors and Businesses Association. “Premier Horgan is saying it doesn’t count. That’s wrong and that’s not how we do business in Canada.”B.C. Attorney General David Eby said he could not put a timeline on any decision for the reference case, which could be appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada.Kinder Morgan has curtailed spending on the project, blaming B.C. for the decision as it set the May 31 date for getting some guarantees it can proceed without disruptions.Horgan said the province isn’t working to Kinder Morgan’s deadline.“I don’t work for Kinder Morgan,” he said. “I work for the people of B.C.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has repeatedly vowed that the project will go ahead.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said her government will seek intervener status at the court hearing.“The powers that they (B.C.) are seeking through this court reference are a recipe for economic gridlock,” she said.Notley said she has difficulty understanding why B.C. wants the courts to rule on new shipments of diluted bitumen that would be sent through the expanded pipeline but has no concerns about a piece of infrastructure that has been in place for 60 years.“It makes no sense,” Notley told reporters on a conference call from Slave Lake, Alta.Alberta has retaliated to B.C.’s position, even banning wine imports from its neighbour at one point. It has also threatened to slow the flow of oil and natural gas to B.C.Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said his province has yet to determine if it will seek intervener status in the case, but he called on the federal government to assert its jurisdiction over the project that Ottawa approved in 2016.“We’ll see where all this goes,” he said.Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said she is willing to address some of B.C.’s environmental concerns, but added that Ottawa has already taken steps to mitigate damage in the event of a spill, including increased capacity to tow ships and creating five new emergency response stations.McKenna released a letter that said the federal government will consider forming a joint scientific advisory panel with B.C. to take stock of the research available on oil spills, including current models of how to respond in the event of an incident involving a number of different petroleum products.B.C.’s Environment Minister George Heyman said B.C. has been meeting for months with federal officials on spill prevention issues and the province has already invited Ottawa to participate in a science panel on bitumen in the environment.In addition to asking the court to review proposed amendments to the Environmental Management Act that would give the province the authority to regulate the impacts of heavy oils, the province will also ask if federal legislation would override its changes to the law, he said.Eby said the reference case does not apply to oil tanker traffic, which the provincial government has said will increase seven-fold if the pipeline expansion is completed.“Ships were excluded for a couple of reasons, one was practicality, the other is simply it appears to be an area of federal jurisdiction,” he said.Many environmental groups fear an increase in tanker traffic out of Burnaby along marine routes that are at times extremely narrow, compounds the risk of a major spill.— With files from Dean Bennett in Edmonton and Ryan McKenna in Regina.Companies in this story: (TSX:KML)
NEW YORK, N.Y. – The price of oil slid again Friday on the prospect of a tighter supply of cash and slower growth in China.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude fell $1.71 to US$93.69 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The decline extended a sharp plunge that saw U.S. oil fall from nearly US$100 a barrel in morning trading Thursday.Brent crude, which is used to price oil used by many U.S. refineries to make gasoline, fell $1.24 to US$100.91.Crude had reached its highest level of the year by Thursday, with the war in Syria threatening wider violence across the Middle East, as well as expectations that the rebounding global economy would increase energy demand.Economic policies that have increased the supply of cash in the market have also made commodities such as oil attractive.But Thursday, the U.S. Federal Reserve said it could start tapering its bond purchases this year, which would reduce the amount of cash pushed into the market. That would make it more expensive for traders to invest in oil.New reports of a lending crunch in China, the world’s second-largest economy, and weak manufacturing data there may also ease energy demand.The sudden drop in the price of oil revealed how susceptible the oil market is to external influences outside of supply and demand. “There has, after all, been no change in the fundamentals since the beginning of the month,” Commerzbank in Frankfurt noted in a published report.Analysts do not expect oil prices to decline much further, however. Geopolitical risks remain, and OPEC has signalled it will lower oil production in the coming months, which would reduce global supplies and prevent a further drop in prices.“The geopolitical premium must not be forgotten, and may not remain muted for long,” said analysts at Credit Agricole CIB in Hong Kong.In other energy futures trading on the Nymex, wholesale gasoline fell three cents to US$2.75 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil fell three cents to US$2.84 a gallon and natural gas fell 11 cents to US$3.77 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) Oil slips for third day: below US$94, on Fed decision, slower growth in China AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press Posted Jun 21, 2013 4:53 pm MDT
The following is a list of thesis defences taking place at Brock from Nov. 13 to 17.All are open for the University community to attend.Master of Science thesis defenceJenalyn Yumol, a candidate in the Department of Kinesiology, will defend her Master of Science thesis by videoconference on Wednesday, Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in STH 361 (Academic South). Her thesis is titled “Determining if Lowering the Level of Dietary Calcium and Vitamin D in AIN-93G Diet Supports Normal Bone Development and Intestinal Integrity in Female CD-1 Mice.”Her examination committee members are Dr. Wendy Ward, Supervisor; Drs. Philip Sullivan and Elena Comelli, Advisory Committee; Dr. Krista Power, External Examiner (University of Ottawa); and Dr. Michael Holmes, Chair.
Gowest Gold has engaged Stantec Consulting, out of its North Bay (Canada) offices to conduct a prefeasibility study and complete a NI 43-101-compliant report for the development of the corporation’s Bradshaw gold project near Timmins, Ontario. Plans are currently in place whereby the mined material would be shipped off-site for third-party processing (see Gowest release dated July 8, 2014). The report is expected to be completed in Q1 of CY 2015. Stantec is an internationally recognised engineering firm (lead sponsor of the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame) that has been responsible for significant infrastructure projects around the world. It is a world leader in underground mine design and related infrastructure requirements.Stantec teams have worked in over 30 countries over the past 20 years on some of the most technologically advanced and challenging mines in the world, including mines such as PT Freeport Indonesia’s Grasburg Block Cave, one of the largest such mines ever to be constructed. Closer to home, it provided the detailed engineering, conceptual scoping, prefeasibility and feasibility studies of the underground infrastructure for Glencore’s Nickel Rim South project in Sudbury, Ontario.Gowest has also added Veikko Koskela, a mining engineer with more than 33 years of mining experience, as Technical Advisor, Mine Development to its technical team. Koskela has been involved in the design and construction of numerous projects around the world. Most recently he was Technical Manager, Consulting Engineer in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where he oversaw the international surface construction and mining teams building Al Masane Cu-Zn project. He was also responsible for the resource and reserve estimates and implementation of mechanised underground mine development and production using contract miners.His primary responsibilities with Gowest will be to work as part of the technical team as Gowest advances the Bradshaw gold project through the design, engineering and construction phases leading up to production.“We are very pleased to have Stantec, one of the world’s most experienced engineering groups, supporting our team as we move forward in our goal to design, build and operate the Bradshaw project. We expect Bradshaw will be the next new gold mine in the Timmins Camp,” said Greg Romain, Chief Executive Officer of Gowest. “We are also pleased to welcome Veikko as a key advisor and leader helping to ensure the mine is designed and built as efficiently as possible.”Gowest is a Canadian gold exploration and development company focused on the delineation and development of its 100% owned Bradshaw, on the Frankfield property, part of the corporation’s North Timmins Gold Project (NTGP). Gowest is exploring additional gold targets on its 109-km2 NTGP land package and continues to evaluate the area, which is part of the prolific Timmins, Ontario gold camp. The latest updated resource estimate for Bradshaw included approximately 945,600 oz of gold in the Indicated category (6.0 Mt at a grade of 4.9 g/t Au) and 536,800 oz of gold in the Inferred category (3.7 Mt at a grade of 4.2 g/t Au). As was used in the Preliminary Economic Assessment, the current estimate is based on a 3.0 g/t Au cutoff and a gold price of $1,200/oz.
“Hold, hold, hold!” a launch controller urged over the radio loops, to everyone’s disappointment.“Standing down to take a closer look at positioning of the second stage engine nozzle,” SpaceX said later via Twitter. Feb 18th 2017, 5:19 PM This will be SpaceX’s first Florida launch since a rocket explosion last summer.The 1 September accident occurred during prelaunch testing at a neighboring pad. SpaceX turned to Launch Complex 39A — which it leases from NASA — to resume flights. The company hopes to launch astronauts from 39A next year.The unmanned spaceship is packed with more than 2,267 kilograms of food, gear and science experiments for the astronauts living in orbit.Russia, meanwhile, plans to launch a supply ship to the International Space Station on Wednesday. If the SpaceX mission doesn’t get going soon, it would likely have to get in line behind the Russian delivery.Read: Six people just completed a year in a Hawaii dome all in the name of scienceRead: Twins? Not quite. But Nasa has found the most Earth-like planet yet By Associated Press 15 Comments Share23 Tweet Email Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3247217 Saturday 18 Feb 2017, 5:19 PM Standing down to take a closer look at positioning of the second stage engine nozzle. 9:38am ET tomorrow is next earliest launch opportunity— SpaceX (@SpaceX) February 18, 2017 The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on the launch pad. LAST-MINUTE ROCKET trouble forced SpaceX to delay its inaugural launch from NASA’s historic moon pad today.SpaceX halted the countdown with just 13 seconds remaining.The problem with the second-stage thrust control actually cropped up several minutes earlier. With just a single second to get the Falcon rocket airborne, flight controllers could not resolve the issue in time.The next launch attempt — provided everything can be fixed quickly — would be Sunday morning.The unmanned Falcon rocket remains at Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A, waiting to soar on a space station delivery mission. It’s the same pad where Americans flew to the moon almost a half-century ago.Thousands of guests had jammed the space center to witness the comeback of 39A, last used in 2011 for the last space shuttle flight. About 18 miuntes from launch. Webcast of Falcon 9 launch now live → https://t.co/gtC39uBC7z pic.twitter.com/zQmNtQaeop— SpaceX (@SpaceX) February 18, 2017 Source: SpaceX/Twitter Last-minute glitch forces SpaceX rocket to cancel launch with 13 seconds left on countdown The earliest a relaunch can be attempted is tomorrow morning. Source: SpaceX/Twitter 12,065 Views Image: NASA via AP The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on the launch pad. Image: NASA via AP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Victorian Government has launched an online emergency volunteering register for Victorian’s who are willing and able to volunteer during an emergency can submit their details online to be called upon. The information provided will be supplied to local councils and emergency organisations in the event of an emergency or natural disaster. Peter Ryan, Acting Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development, said “the intention of the Emergency Volunteer Register is to harness that goodwill [provided by Victorians in time of need] and provide a mechanism to better manage and direct the offers of assistance during emergency or disaster events.” The register asks potential volunteers to list specific interests and skills that would help local councils coordinate the use of volunteers by matching skills, interests and capacity to local tasks at hand. “In addition to regular volunteers, during emergency or natural disaster events we often see a large spike in spontaneous volunteers offering support which has in the past inadvertently added pressure on local resources to manage,” Mr Ryan said. “The new register is designed to provide a system for local government to better manage volunteer resources and achieve better outcomes on the ground.”
Piratage sur Twitter : Hacker Croll sera jugé en juinFrance – Hacker Croll est désormais célèbre pour avoir piraté les comptes Twitter de Barack Obama et de Britney Spears. Le hacker français, qui sera jugé en juin, a profité de failles humaines.Hacker Croll a été arrêté cette semaine pour être entré dans le système de Twitter. Mais le pirate le plus célèbre de France n’a pas dû forcer son talent pour pénétrer les secrets du réseau social. L’année dernière déjà, il racontait sur un blog comment il avait pu pirater la messagerie électronique d’un administrateur du réseau social : “Yahoo! demande de vérifier l’identité avant de pouvoir accéder à la question secrète. Pour cela, il demande de renseigner la date de naissance, le code postal, le pays, tels qu’ils figurent sur le compte. L’employé possédait un blog qui datait de 2002 dans lequel il racontait sa vie”.À lire aussiAbeille, Mark Zuckerberg et cancer, les 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 13 avrilUne mine d’or pour le jeune homme du Puy-de-Dôme qui n’a pas profité de cette insertion pour faire de plus gros profits : “J’aurais pu le faire, mais ce n’est pas mon éthique. J’aime les défis, point barre”. Néanmoins, il a transféré des documents sur la stratégie de Twitter à d’autres sites. Le préjudice pourrait donc être important. Cette affaire doit inciter les internautes à réfléchir davantage à leurs mots de passe, afin de compliquer un peu la tâche des personnes mal intentionnées.Le 26 mars 2010 à 15:06 • Emmanuel Perrin
Jesse Lingard has described it as an incredible moment for him to have scored his first goal for England in their 1-0 win over the Netherlands on TuesdayIn his ninth appearance for the national side, Lingard scored the goal that sealed a 1-0 win over Holland at the Johan Cruijff Arena and impressed again in their 1-1 draw against Italy with his overall energy and work-rate having been a key factor during the friendly.“I have had to work hard to get in the starting XI for England. Now all I can do is carry on, work harder and see where it gets me.” said Lingard told BBC.“Playing for England is always a big honour anyway and to score my first goal was amazing. It is a massive moment in my career.”Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Now that the international break is over, Lingard will now be returning his focus in aiding Manchester United with both their Premier League and FA Cup campaigns.“We have a lot of games to go for Manchester United and that is the most important thing at the moment,” said the 25 year-old.“I have to do my job here and then see what happens.”
Ramon Monchi has outlined plans to bring in new players to strengthen their squad for the rest of the campaign.Roma are yet to sign any player two weeks into the January transfer window, despite lagging behind in the top four race and Monchi confirmed they are looking for the best to improve the team.“I won’t talk about players who don’t belong to Roma, but I want to make a little comment,” the sporting director told Rai Sport before his club’s Coppa Italia tie with Virtus Entella via Football Italia.“Yesterday I talked to the Coach. I talk to him every day and in fact, he said the same things that I said.“We’re looking for some players to raise our level but if we don’t find them, we’ll stay as we are.“He didn’t make any requests because he knows the sporting management is working every day to strengthen the team but also that there are limits placed on us and we already spent big last summer.Chris Smalling open to a permanent AS Roma deal Andrew Smyth – September 6, 2019 Chris Smalling can “definitely see a longer-term future” for himself at AS Roma should things work out on his loan spell from Manchester United.“The team are already strong for me, so solutions must be found from within. Badelj? I already said that I won’t be talking about players from other teams.“if you put a Lazio player to me then you put me in even more trouble! Badelj’s a player I’ve always liked, even when I was at Sevilla, but right now we’re not thinking about him.“Our young and Italian midfield? We’re happy that Roma’s midfield is currently composed of good, young players.“We hope it’ll be an important spine in the future, not only for Roma but also the national team.“De Rossi? He’s a very important player who’s been out for some time, but he’s recovering and we’re sure that he’ll be ready for the second part of the season.”
Federal management responsibility map, from Office of Subsistence Management.The Federal Subsistence Board Thursday unanimously approved a special action request from the Napaskiak Traditional Council that would limit any available king salmon to federally qualified subsistence users of 32 specific Kuskokwim communities.In the discussion about limiting the pool of eligible fisherman, the board heard passionate testimony about the need for chinook harvest.“Through blood, sweat, and tears we feed our families,” said George Guy of Kwethuluk.They also heard calls for strong conservation measures. Lisa Feyereisen is from Chuathbaluk.“I want to be able to show my grandchildren what a Chinook salmon looks like,” said Feyereisen.The action passed by the board doesn’t specifically open up any harvest of kings nor does it shut down fisheries that could incidentally catch kings. All it does it say who will be at the table if the runs comes in stronger than expected.Between 71,000 and 117,000 kings are expected in the river this year. If the run is on the smaller side, there could be little to no surplus.Gene Peltola Junior is the Assistant Regional Director for the Office of Subsistence Management.“The forecast right now is for a very small harvestable surplus. If there is not an opportunity for a harvestable surplus, all of this is a moot point. But if the run progresses such that there is deemed to be a harvestable surplus available you have to have this in place in attempt to allocate or provide fish,” said Peltola Junior.In that scenario, the initial pool contains residents of 32 villages, running from Chefornak up to McGrath, including Bethel. The list excludes communities in South Kuskokwim Bay and Nelson Island including Quinhagak, Platinum, Goodnews Bay, Nightmute, Newtok, Tununuk and Tooksook Bay, plus Mekoryuk on Nunivak Island.The 14,000 people in the 32 communities still have incredible fishing power. David Jenkins is with the Office of Subsistence Management.“We still have the problem under that situation of a projected too few fish and lots of users who would access to those fish,” said Jenkins.Managers would need to further restrict among those users. The board indicated they wanted the federal in season manager to have a range of management tools at his disposal, but they did not specify an exact allocation strategy.There were several ideas presented by the Office of Subsistence Management for how a surplus might be handled. Managers could begin by allocating 25 chinook salmon per village. If there are more fish available, the surplus could be split among villages, excluding Bethel, proportionally based on their 20 year harvest average.The allocation among Bethel residents could be done through a second so-called section 804 analysis, in which individuals would see opportunity based on three criteria: customary and direct dependence on the resource as a mainstay of livelihood, local residency and the availability of other resources.But it is mid April already. The draft framework says if it were not possible to do that analysis in time, there could be a simple drawing permit for Bethel residents.The board did not endorse any of the presented allocation schemes, but expressed a wish for the in season manager to have alternatives available.
Share Jose Luis Magana/APPaul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, leaves the Federal District Court after a hearing, late last month, in Washington.Prosecutors are accusing former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort of witness tampering as he awaits trial on conspiracy and money laundering charges, and they asked a judge to end his house arrest and consider pretrial detention.Lawyers working for special counsel Robert Mueller filed a motion with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Monday saying they have probable cause to believe that Manafort attempted to tamper with potential witnesses while on pretrial release.The documents say that following an indictment against Manafort in February of this year, he and an associate — referred to in court documents as Person A — “repeatedly” contacted two witnesses, identified as Person D1 and Person D2 “in an effort to secure materially false testimony” concerning the nature of Manafort’s lobbying and public relations activities on behalf of Ukraine during the tenure of its pro-Moscow former president, Viktor Yanukovych.The motion says that after the indictment was made public, Manafort called Person D1 on a cellphone, but that the potential witness “sought to avoid Manafort” and “ended the call.”The documents say Manafort then used a text-message encryption application to contact the witness, writing “This is Paul” and “We should talk.” The witnesses preserved the texts and turned them over to the government.Further, the unnamed associate (Person A), also using a text-message encryption application, contacted the other witness (Person D2) to let them know that “My friend P is trying to reach [Person D1] to brief him on what’s going on.”“Basically P wants to give him a quick summary that he says to everybody (which is true) that our friends never lobbied in the US, and the purpose of the program was [European Union],” Person A said.In previous filings, Person A has been used to designate Konstantin Kilimnik, a Manafort associate who prosecutors believe has ties to Russian intelligence — something Kilimnik has denied.Although the witnesses are unnamed, prosecutors have said they “were principals in a public relations firm that worked with Manafort in organizing a group of former European officials, known as the Hapsburg group, who promoted Ukrainian interests in Europe as well as the U.S.,” according to The Associated Press.“Prosecutors say Manafort directed the group’s work and secretly funneled about $2 million to it to take positions favorable to Ukraine including by lobbying in the U.S.,” the news agency says.In the latest filing, Mueller’s team says Manafort obstructed justice and attempted to “suborn perjury” by contacting the witnesses. It asked a judge to immediately determine whether there was probable cause that Manafort committed a crime while on bail and, if so, to place him in detention.This is the second time that prosecutors have accused Manafort of violating the terms of his pretrial release. We reported last year that Manafort was accused of trying to sway public opinion by getting a Russian compatriot to ghostwrite a newspaper opinion piece. Prosecutors say that violated a gag order on Manafort.Manafort joined the Trump campaign in March 2016 and served as its campaign manager from June to August of that year. The FBI reportedly opened a criminal investigation of Manafort in 2014. In July, FBI agents raided his home and seized documents. He surrendered to agents in October after being indicted by a federal grand jury.Manafort has denied any wrongdoing and pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
Share North America will host the 2026 World Cup after FIFA voters overwhelmingly opted for the financial and logistical certainty of a United States-led bid over a risky Moroccan proposal for the first 48-team tournament.The world’s biggest sporting event is returning to our shores! #United2026 will host the @FIFAWorldCup!🇨🇦🇲🇽🇺🇸 | https://t.co/EKcwgDdX2u pic.twitter.com/ywvkssBJbw— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) June 13, 2018The soccer showpiece will return to the U.S. for the first time since 1994 after gaining 134 votes, while Morocco got 65 at the FIFA Congress in Moscow on Wednesday.The vote by football federations was public, in contrast to secrecy surrounding the ballot by FIFA’s elected board members for the 2018 and 2022 hosts, Russia and Qatar, in 2010.The U.S. proposed staging 60 out of the 80 games in 2026, when 16 teams will be added to the finals, leaving Canada and Mexico with ten fixtures each. North America will host the 2026 World Cup after FIFA voters overwhelmingly opted for the financial and logistical certainty of a United States-led bid over risky Moroccan proposals for the first 48-team tournament.From Edmonton to Mexico City and everywhere in between, we are united.🇨🇦🇲🇽🇺🇸 | #United2026 pic.twitter.com/1aJu4VknSU— United 2026 (@united2026) June 12, 2018An optimistic promise of delivering $14 billion in revenue helped sway voters, along with the lack of major construction work required on the 16 planned stadiums, all of which already exist.By contrast, Morocco appeared too hazardous as a potential host when all 14 venues had to be built or renovated as part of a $16 billion investment in new infrastructure. The vote leaves Morocco reeling from a fifth failure in a World Cup hosting vote, with the continent’s sole tournament coming in 2010 in South Africa.While Morocco’s combined tickets and hospitality revenue would be $1.07 billion, according to FIFA analysis, North America would generate $2 billion additional income.Canada will host men’s World Cup matches for the first time, while Mexico gets its first taste of the event since staging the entire event in 1986.The 87,000-capacity MetLife Stadium outside New York is proposed for the final. It’s just miles from where federal prosecutors spearheaded an ongoing investigation into FIFA corruption. More than 40 soccer officials and businesses indicted, convicted or pleaded guilty.The bribery scandal put the governing body on the brink, FIFA President Gianni Infantino told the congress ahead of Wednesday’s vote.“FIFA was clinically dead as an organization,” Infantino said, reflecting on his election in 2016. “Two years later, FIFA is alive and well, full of joy and passion and with a vision for its future.”The North American victory suggests football officials are ready to gather for a World Cup in a country whose government has demonstrated its willingness to jail corrupt sports leaders through undercover investigations.The North America bid also had to overcome concerns about the impact of policies from the Trump administration, including attempts to implement a ban on travel by residents of six majority-Muslim countries.The main intervention by President Donald Trump was a warning in a White House news conference, discussing the FIFA vote, that he would be “watching very closely.” It was a veiled threat to withhold U.S. support from countries opposing the bid.FIFA now has the final say on which cities are selected to host games and whether all three countries are guaranteed a place at the tournament. Victor Montagliani, the Canadian who leads CONCACAF, wants them to take three of the six qualification slots reserved for the region.There is also a chance to send a seventh team via an inter-continental playoff. North America will host the six-team playoff tournament in November 2025 to decide the last two places in the 48-team lineup.
Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesUpdated at 11:34 a.m. ETFederal investigators are searching for whomever sent a wave of suspicious packages addressed to political nemeses of President Trump.Authorities discovered more packages Thursday morning addressed to former Vice President Joe Biden and the actor Robert DeNiro, taking the total number of envelopes found to 10 and expanding the federal investigation into a slew of potential pipe bombs.The FBI said two suspicious packages in Delaware were addressed to Biden, while the other was sent to DeNiro in Manhattan.The new items were “similar in appearance” to seven packages already discovered this week that had been sent to six other high profile critics of President Trump, including former President Barack Obama and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, the FBI said.The packages, which have contained potential explosive devices described by officials as potential pipe bombs, have sent jitters across the country and prompted calls from Republicans and Democrats for a cooling of political rhetoric.The Latest TargetsOfficials responded Thursday morning to a mail processing center in Delaware after one package addressed to Biden was recovered there.The scene outside TriBeCa grill owned by Robert DeNieo where police say a suspicious package & device like to the ones sent to top Dems was found. @WNYC pic.twitter.com/KyNYwHoC99— Rebeca Ibarra (@RebeIbarraC) October 25, 2018In New York, meanwhile, police said a suspicious package was discovered in the Tribeca area of Manhattan in the early hours of Thursday morning. Officials confirmed the discovery to NPR, saying the matter is under investigation. That package contained a device similar to one recovered from the offices of CNN on Wednesday.The package was found “at the business residence of Robert De Niro,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told NPR’s David Greene. The Tribeca Grill, one of De Niro’s restaurants, is at the corner of Greenwich and Franklin streets.The New York Police Department says the package was reported around 4 a.m. in the area of Greenwich and Franklin streets in Tribeca. The police bomb squad responded, and it was “removed from the location,” the NYPD says.De Niro has been an outspoken critic of Trump, including in an expletive-laced speech at this year’s Tony Awards. Trump shot back at him on Twitter.The TrailSuspicious packages also were sent to former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.Others were addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan in care of CNN in New York, former Attorney General Eric Holder and Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif. The first package was reported on Monday at a residence of billionaire investor George Soros, who is an active supporter of Democratic causes.The package addressed to Holder did not reach him at his lawfirm in Washington D.C.; instead it was rerouted to the return address affixed on the envelope — that of Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.Wasserman Schultz’s office was evacuated when the enveloped arrived on Wednesday. She said she was “deeply disturbed by the way my name was used.”Cuomo said the two suspicious devices found in New York City shouldn’t stop people from going about their business as normal.“Don’t let the terrorists win,” he said. “There’s no reason to be afraid.”Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Thursday that “across the administration, we condemn the actions that led to these activities in the strongest possible terms and are determined to make sure that we get to the bottom of it and justice is done.”The HuntInvestigators are now working in New York and other cities, within the postal system, and at the federal level, to determine who sent the packages — and why.The Secret Service has said suspicious packages were addressed to Clinton in Westchester County, N.Y., and to Obama’s residence in Washington, D.C.; those packages contained explosive devices that were similar to one that was found on Monday at the home of George Soros — a frequent contributor to Democratic and progressive causes.An explosive ordnance disposal team destroyed the package sent to Soros through a controlled detonation. Officials say investigators are analyzing the materials from that effort.Trump was briefed at the White House on Wednesday on the investigation. He said the inquiry into the packages will have whatever resources are needed and FBI Director Christopher Wray has pledged that the bureau will not rest until the culprits are caught.“This investigation is of the highest priority for the FBI,” Wray said. “We have committed the full strength of the FBI’s resources and, together with our partners on our Joint Terrorism Task Forces, we will continue to work to identify and arrest whoever is responsible for sending these packages.”But the FBI also has acknowledged that more suspicious packages may still be working their way through the mail and there is no way to know now how many there might ultimately be.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share
On North Charles St., a studio space is helping aspiring artists and entrepreneurs turn their ideas into actions. By working with community partners and employing alternative economic models, The Living Well is serving as an incubator of dreams, and quietly helping promote the economic and social development of Baltimore City.The Living Well, situated at the southeast corner of the N. Charles and 25th streets intersection, is owned and operated by Maurissa Stone, a former management consultant specializing in non-profits. Stone runs The Living Well as a for-profit business entity, but one oriented toward community development.By utilizing alternative economic models like bartering, Stone is able to assist individuals and groups who may not have the financial resources to fund their endeavors to start-up their enterprise.Stephanie Safiyatou had her first ever art exhibit at The Living Well. A hairdresser for 24 years, a bout with kidney disease cost Safiyatou her home and business about five years ago. While she had managed to overcome her illness and rebuild her business, she was not in a financial position to finance an art exhibit she had conceived and which details the strength, beauty, and struggle of Black women in the Baltimore area. The show, titled ‘Baltimore Girls,’ was part photographic exhibit and part performance piece. “I put up an indy-go-go to try to raise funds for it and I made like eight percent of my goal, and I was like, ‘uh-oh, what’s next?'” said Safiyatou.When Stone heard of Safiyatou’s project, Stone encouraged her to use The Living Well to put together her vision. The space would serve for rehearsals and an initial exhibit. In lieu of payment, Safiyatou would use her hairdressing talents, as well as the connections in the world of photography, fashion, and make-up to shoot promotional photos for Stone and The Living Well.Were it not for the ability to barter in exchange for Living Well’s space, Safiyatou’s vision would not have materialized. “I wouldn’t have been able to do this because having a space is so important,” said Safiyatou. “If your overhead is sky high, I’ll never be able to create what I need to create.”Any initiative with which The Living Well partners must fall under one of three rubrics: soulful expression, conscious expansion, or optimal wellness. The first, soulful expression, encompasses “Anything that has to do with expression,” said Stone, “whether it be photography, art exhibits, dance movement, yoga, drumming, and music, anything that falls under that line of business.”The second rubric, conscious expansion, encompasses anything educative, especially on a topic related to business, personal, or cultural development. The third, optimal wellness, emphasizes any aspect of personal wellness.By ensuring that any initiatives with whom The Living Well partners falls under one of these rubrics, and through the use of economic alternatives like bartering, Stone is better able to fulfill her vision for The Living Well as an incubator of social and economic development opportunities.”Because of structural racism,” said Stone, “people who look like me don’t always have access and opportunity to facilitate their dreams, passions, and goals economically, because they’re not a part of the club membership. So when you change the rules you provide people with access and opportunity.”
Scrolling through images of mouth- watering smoothies on Instagram? The photo-sharing social media site could put you at an increased risk of an eating disorder that causes unhealthy obsession of ‘fitness’ food, a new study warns.The findings from the University College London (UCL) in the UK highlight the implications social media can have on psychological wellbeing, and the influence social media ‘celebrities’ may have over hundreds of thousands of individuals. Social media use is ever increasing among young adults and has previously been shown to have negative effects on body image, depression, social comparison, and disordered eating. One eating disorder of interest in this context is orthorexia nervosa, an obsession with eating healthy. High orthorexia nervosa is prevalent in populations who take an active interest in their health and frequently occurs with anorexia nervosa, an eating disorder characterised by a low weight, fear of gaining weight and a strong desire to be thin. Researchers conducted an online survey of 680 social media users who were following health food accounts to investigate links between Instagram use and orthorexia nervosa symptoms.”We assessed their social media use, eating behaviours, and orthorexia nervosa symptoms,” researchers said.
<< Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Share Friday, March 23, 2018 Tags: Dominican Republic, New Routes, Sunwing TORONTO — Sunwing has wrapped up its very first flight season from Mont-Joli, reporting record-high results for 2017-2018.The company flew passengers back home to the lower St. Lawrence region on March 22 following their stay in Cancun and Punta Cana. Following the highly successful season, Sunwing has announced that it plans to extend its services by four weeks in 2019.“Extending our 2018-2019 winter flight service all the way up to spring reflects our true commitment to help the people of the lower St. Lawrence region travel to popular sun destinations. We couldn’t be more thrilled at the response we got during our inaugural season in Mont-Joli,” said Sam Char, Executive Director of the Sunwing Travel Group in Quebec.Chantale Lavoie, President of Mont-Joli Airport’s inter-municipal board, added: “We wanted to give the people of eastern Quebec the opportunity to travel south and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. The comments are positive and the people are thrilled to be able to enjoy this new service, so close to home. As members of the board of directors, we couldn’t possibly ask for more. It’s good news for all of us!”More news: Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedSunwing’s inaugural flights out of Mont-Joli to Punta Cana launched Dec. 21, 2017, marking the first time Mont-Joli residents had the chance to fly to a sun destination from their local airport. Posted by Following record season, Sunwing will extend services from Mont-Joli in 2019
Paolo Spadoni, a professor of Political Science at Georgia’s Augusta State University, said that the flurry of new laws have left little doubt in Cubans’ minds that the reforms are here to stay, unlike a past experiment with limited capitalism in the 1990s.“There has been no backtracking since Raul Castro became president,” he said. “It seems clear that each measure is carefully planned and that they are trying to implement measures that can be sustained over time.But the momentum has undoubtedly waned this year, with no major reforms announced since December. Two promised high-profile changes, the creation of mid-sized cooperative businesses and the elimination of travel restrictions that keep most Cubans from leaving the island, have yet to materialize, despite repeated assurances they are in the works.The reforms are part of a five-year plan to shed a million state workers and turn more than 40 percent of the economy over to the private sector, compared to about 15 percent today. While they began in earnest in 2010, Cuban officials say the clock started ticking on January 1, 2011, giving the government 3 1/2 more years to complete the transformation. Some details of the new law were confusing, given that the decree was published in dense legalese and appeared to contradict itself, and that no government officials were available to make sense of it. At times the decree refers to taxes being imposed based on weight, and at times on the value of merchandise.Either way, it was clear to private business owners that they would be paying much more, and they were not happy about it.“It’s a disaster,” said Luis Carlos Espinosa, a 42-year-old who has set up a small stand in Central Havana selling jeans, colorful blouses and children’s clothing, and who had heard rumors of the new taxes but had not yet seen the published law. “It hurts us in every way. Where are we going to get the merchandise? There is no wholesale market here.”Several other street vendors who refused to give their names for fear they could get into trouble said they were angry that the government had not discussed the changes with private business owners before making them law, and that details were still sketchy.Castro has ushered in dramatic changes like the legalization of a real estate and used car market, the granting of licenses for 181 types of private sector jobs, micro-loans for small business owners, the loosening of rules limiting independent restaurants, and a program to turn fallow government land over to small time farmers. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Four benefits of having a wireless security system Top Stories Some feel they are not going fast enough, especially given the fact that Castro and his top deputies are all over 80, and Cuba could lose a generous ally in Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who is ailing with cancer and campaigning for re-election this Fall.“If you just look at what they keep talking about, displacing all these people to the private sector, at the rate they’re going it’s not going to happen,” said Sergio Diaz-Briquets, a Cuba analyst based in the Washington area.“They’re continuing to do it in a very methodical way, but too slow,” Diaz-Briquets said. “From what we all can see, it’s not fitting with the targets they have set for themselves several times already.”___Associated Press reporters Paul Haven and Peter Orsi contributed to this report.___Andrea Rodriguez on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ARodriguezAP 4 must play golf courses in Arizona (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Sponsored Stories About a quarter of a million Cubans have started new businesses under free-market reforms instituted by President Raul Castro at the end of 2010. Many have opened cafes, repair shops, clothing stalls and outdoor stands that rely on products brought in from abroad.Cubans with permission to travel often fund their trips by acting as mules, coming back with bags stuffed with clothes, electronic goods, diapers and other things that are hard to find on the island. Until now, they would pay only about $0.50 a kilo ($0.25 a pound) in import duties, with set fees for big-ticket items like televisions and microwave ovens. Food imports were free until earlier this year, when the government began charging duties.The new fees were posted quietly on the website of the government’s Official Gazette and are dated July 2.State-run newspapers have carried no mention of the change, nor did Tuesday’s midday television newscast. But a website of the official Radio Rebelde station ran a short article Tuesday morning, and a vague mention of discussions about import taxes was made on a late-night newscast.The Radio Rebelde article is headlined “New banking and import resolutions improve services at Cuban airports,” with no discussion of the effect the duties will have on private business. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Associated PressHAVANA (AP) – Cuba has announced the imposition of stiff new import taxes that could substantially affect private entrepreneurs trying to get new businesses off the ground and many others who rely on informal shipments of merchandise from overseas.Starting in September, Cubans who come in and out of the country more than once a year will have to pay the equivalent of $10 a kilogram ($4.50 a pound) or more for imports, a fortune in a country where salaries average the equivalent of about $20 a month. Non-Cuban residents of the island, as well as Cuban-Americans visiting relatives, would have to pay the new rates even if they only make one trip to the island. Comments Share New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like